So to sum it up, a good sunscreen is going to have a broad range of protection with a moderate SPF, use a mineral-based formula and come in a lotion or stick form. Always do an ingredient check when you're scoping a new sunscreen, but if you want to save yourself some time, you can pick one off this list, like TruKid Sport. (Amazon, $19)
So there you have it, the best and worst sunscreens targeted toward kids this year. It can seem daunting, but checking to make sure you're using mineral sunscreens in lotion or stick form with a broad spectrum of protection in a moderate SPF range is more than worth it for your kids. It can be lifesaving.
Having a definitive list like this one at your disposal definitely helps, but EWG disclaims all of its study findings and rankings with a reminder that manufacturers will often switch up their ingredient lists. So before you put sunscreen in your cart, make sure you flip it over and give the ingredient list a gander to ensure you aren't rubbing an ineffective sunscreen with troublesome ingredients onto your child's skin.