Preventing my skin from sunburn is always one of my top concerns during summertime. However, not all sunscreens are safe for pregnant women and babies. We recommend using physical or mineral-based blocks instead of chemical sunscreens (which contain unsafe chemical ingredients such as oxybenzone, homosalate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor, octocrylene and para-aminobenzoic acid).
Based on researching the EWG skin database, Supplet comes out with this list of 10 trusted (safe) sunscreen products for pregnant women and babies. We will update the list frequently and we highly recommend sampling these products to find the one that works best for you and your baby. Remember if at all possible, try to avoid using sunscreen for infants until they are six months old.
Safe Sunscreens to use during pregnancy:
Avene’s Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ for the face is a daily use advanced formula providing maximum broad-spectrum sun protection without irritation. It contains a unique UVA/UVB filter system enhanced with powerful antioxidant protection from Vitamin E to protect against damaging sun-induced free radicals and Avène’s identical Thermal Spring Water to soothe the skin.
The new sunscreen collection also includes a more moisturized face/body lotion for dry skin, as well as a body spray for a quick reapply.
REN uses only 100% plant and mineral derived actives and is free from skin-unfriendly synthetic ingredients. Its silicon free BB cream is a perfect multi-functional tinted moisturiser which gives the skin a healthy, glowy and oil-free finish. It also has a SPF15 to provide anti-oxidant protection.
Nine Naturals’ mission is to make beauty simple, smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be.ingredients. The Natural Sunscreen SPF 32 is safe for pregnancy and the entire family. Non-nano zinc oxide offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Jojoba seed oil and creamy shea butter moisturize and nourish your skin while you bask in the sun.
Safe Natural Sunscreens For babies (try to wait until the baby is four months old before first using the sunscreen):
Water resistant for 80 minutes and SPF 50+, this kid-friendly sunscreen is great for long days at the beach or the pool. Contains no PABA, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, retinyl palmitate, or fragrances. provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and glides on smooth for effortless application. Non-allergenic and tear free, so it can go on whatever part of your baby the sun’s gonna shine.
Babyganics also came out with their Mineral-Based Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+, which is easier to apply.
Blue Lizard Australian® Sunscreen Baby uses only high quality natural minerals, Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, for broad spectrum UVA and UVB skin protection. It’s ideal for baby’s delicate and sensitive skin.
Another thing needs to be mentioned is its patented BPA-free 5.0 oz Smart Bottle™. The bottle turns pink in the presence of harmful UV rays, reminding you to cover up. The deeper pink the bottle becomes, the more UV rays are currently present.
The convenience of a stick sunscreen is well known for its easy-apply and non-greasy feature. It’s so care-free to carry it around with you without worrying about a potential bottle leak problem. The Burt’s Bees SPF 30 formula uses effective Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to provide protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Safe for your little love’s delicate skin, it’s a true mommy must have.
Unfragranced, PABA free, mineral-based, this sunscreen is perfect for those with skin sensitivities or fragrance allergies. California Baby®’s active ingredient is a highly micronized titanium dioxide that scatters and reflects dangerous UV rays, offering UVA-UVB broad-spectrum protection. Non-staining formula, and very water-resistant. It is highly recommended by leading dermatologists and allergists for their patients with chemical sensitivities and fragrance intolerance.
Besides, if your baby is under 6 months and exposure to the sun is unavoidable, it’s better to use a mineral-based sunscreen (like this one). Consult with your physician for more details.
Designed especially for a baby’s delicate skin, this mineral-based SPF 50 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection contains over 70%+ certified organic inactives and absolutely zero chemicals or preservatives. Organic Sunflower and Sesame Seed Oils naturally boost SPF protection while Organic Shea and Cocoa Butter, blended with Organic Avocado and Coconut Oils, ensure your baby’s delicate skin is protected, not irritated, and is oil free, fragrance free, hypoallergenic, and water resistant for 80 minutes.
Thinkbaby is Paraben and PABA-free, and it received an “excellent” for UVA and SPF protection from EWG’s “Skin Deep” scores, as well as a score of 4.3 (out of 5.0) evaluated by nearly 700 customers on Amazon.com.
TruKid provides an abundance of good for you elements like organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice with soothing, moisturizing, and healing properties, and coconut, sunflower, and jojoba oils which serve as an all in one moisturizer, antibiotic, multi-nutrient, nourishing, and anti-oxidant. The product was also named one of the best and safest sunscreens available with the highest rating for any kid’s line on the market by the EWG database.
Babo Botanicals, a company that makes its baby skin care products on an organic farm in upstate New York, introduced an SPF 30 sport stick for use on face, ears and lips. It provides broad spectrum protection with zinc oxide but without any chemicals or other nasties.
Badger makes 100% natural sunscreens for the face and body, using non coated, non-nano particle zinc oxide. The sunscreens, which come in SPF 15 and 30, provide broad spectrum protection, and are free of all chemicals, dyes, and fragrances. Some of the formulations are thick, which is the result of using non-nano particles only. Almost all of Badger’s products are amazing. We are especially fond of their lip balm – amazing.
Goddess Garden Organics
Goddess Garden has a wide array of mineral sunscreens, from daily use products to facial sunscreen, and special lines just for kids and for babies. The everyday products come in cream and spray formulations. The kids’ products contain both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, while the baby products contain only zinc oxide to ensure compatibility with babies’ sensitive skin. All products are SPF 30, vegan, non-GMO, cruelty-free, and nano particle-free.
Enjoy this list of safe sunscreen for babies and moms! What are your favorite safe sunscreens for babies?
Here is an updated 2016 List of Safe Sunscreens for kids from EWG: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/best-kids-sunscreens/
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