The Best & Worst Sunscreens for Kids & Babies

Jun 28, 2018 at 9:21 p.m. ET
Woman applying sunscreen to her daughter
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While it may be true that any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen, it's also a fact that not all sunblock is created equal. Every year, the Environmental Working Group digs up all the details on commercial sunscreens for kids and gives them a rating based on safety. They take into consideration product packaging, the usability of each sunscreen and the amount of harmful chemicals used in the product. For instance, EWG filtered out products with ingredients that it considers worrisome, like formaldehyde-releasing chemicals.

The watchdog nonprofit researches, scrutinizes and tests hundreds of sun protection offerings with one goal: to tell consumers which sunscreens specifically marketed for use on babies and kids belong on children's skin and which ones are better left on the shelf.

So, before you put a bottle of sunscreen in your cart, make sure you flip it over and check the ingredient list to ensure you aren't rubbing an ineffective sunscreen with troublesome ingredients onto your child's skin. That said, let's take a look at EWG’s 2018 Sunscreen Guide, starting with the worst.

A version of this article was originally published in May 2016.

1 /30: Worst: Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100

Banana Boat Kids sunscreen lotion, SPF 100
Image: Amazon.

1/30 :Worst: Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100

2 /30: Worst: Banana Boat Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100

Banana Boat Kids continuous spray sunscreen, SPF 100
Image: Walgreens.

2/30 :Worst: Banana Boat Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100

3 /30: Worst: Panama Jack Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 85

Panama Jack sport sunscreen lotion, SPF 85
Image: Amazon.

3/30 :Worst: Panama Jack Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 85

4 /30: Worst: CVS Health Sun Lotion, SPF 60

CVS Health sun lotion, SPF 60
Image: CVS.

4/30 :Worst: CVS Health Sun Lotion, SPF 60

5 /30: Worst: Banana Boat Sport Performance Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100

Banana Boat Sport Performance continuous spray sunscreen, SPF 100
Image: Walmart.

5/30 :Worst: Banana Boat Sport Performance Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100

6 /30: Worst: Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen, SPF 60+

Neutrogena sensitive skin sunscreen, SPF 60+
Image: Neutrogena.

6/30 :Worst: Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen, SPF 60+

7 /30: Worst: Banana Boat SunComfort Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+

Banana Boat SunComfort sunscreen lotion, SPF 50+
Image: Target.

7/30 :Worst: Banana Boat SunComfort Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+

8 /30: Worst: Australian Gold Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 50

Australian Gold kids continuous spray sunscreen, SPF 50
Image: Amazon.

8/30 :Worst: Australian Gold Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 50

9 /30: Worst: Coppertone Kids Wet Protect Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50

Coppertone Kids Wet Protect sunscreen spray, SPF 50
Image: Walmart.

9/30 :Worst: Coppertone Kids Wet Protect Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50

10 /30: Worst: Coppertone Wet'n Clear Kids Sunscreen Continuous Spray, SPF 50+

Coppertone Wet'n Clear kids sunscreen continuous spray, SPF 50+
Image: Walmart.

10/30 :Worst: Coppertone Wet'n Clear Kids Sunscreen Continuous Spray, SPF 50+

11 /30: Worst: Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion Spray, SPF 50

Coppertone Water Babies sunscreen lotion spray, SPF 50
Image: Amazon.

11/30 :Worst: Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion Spray, SPF 50

12 /30: Best: All Good Kid's Sunscreen, SPF 30

All Good kid's sunscreen, SPF 30
Image: All Good.

12/30 :Best: All Good Kid's Sunscreen, SPF 30

13 /30: Best: Adorable Baby Lotion, SPF 30+

Adorable baby lotion, SPF 30+
Image: Amazon.

13/30 :Best: Adorable Baby Lotion, SPF 30+

14 /30: Best: Equate Baby Zinc Sunscreen Mineral Lotion, SPF 50

Equate baby zinc sunscreen mineral lotion, SPF 50
Image: Walmart.

14/30 :Best: Equate Baby Zinc Sunscreen Mineral Lotion, SPF 50

15 /30: Best: Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Lotion Sunscreen, Sensitive Skin, SPF 50

Aveeno Baby continuous protection lotion sunscreen, sensitive skin, SPF 50
Image: Amazon.

15/30 :Best: Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Lotion Sunscreen, Sensitive Skin, SPF 50

16 /30: Best: Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30

Badger Kids sunscreen cream, SPF 30
Image: Amazon.

16/30 :Best: Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30

17 /30: Hawaiian Sol Sol Kid Kare, SPF 50

Hawaiian Sol Sol Kid Kare, SPF 50
Image: Hawaiian Sol.

17/30 :Hawaiian Sol Sol Kid Kare, SPF 50

18 /30: Best: Bare Republic Mineral Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

Bare Republic mineral baby sunscreen lotion, SPF 50
Image: Bare Republic.

18/30 :Best: Bare Republic Mineral Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

19 /30: Best: BurnOut Kids Sunscreen, SPF 35

BurnOut kids sunscreen, SPF 35
Image: Amazon.

19/30 :Best: BurnOut Kids Sunscreen, SPF 35

20 /30: Best: California Baby Calendula Sunscreen, SPF 30+

California Baby Calendula Sunscreen, SPF 30+
Image: California Baby.

20/30 :Best: California Baby Calendula Sunscreen, SPF 30+

21 /30: Best: COOLA Mineral Baby SPF 50 Organic Sunscreen Stick

COOLA mineral baby SPF 50 organic sunscreen stick
Image: COOLA.

21/30 :Best: COOLA Mineral Baby SPF 50 Organic Sunscreen Stick

22 /30: Best: Goddess Garden Organics Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

Goddess Garden organics kids sport natural sunscreen lotion, SPF 30
Image: Amazon.

22/30 :Best: Goddess Garden Organics Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

23 /30: Best: Kiss My Face Organics Kids Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30.

Kiss My Face organics kids mineral sunscreen, SPF 30
Image: Amazon.

23/30 :Best: Kiss My Face Organics Kids Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30.

24 /30: Best: Nurture My Body Baby Organic Sunscreen, SPF 32

Nurture My Body baby organic sunscreen, SPF 32
Image: Nurture My Body.

24/30 :Best: Nurture My Body Baby Organic Sunscreen, SPF 32

25 /30: Best: MDSolarSciences KidCreme Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 40

MDSolarSciences KidCreme mineral sunscreen, SPF 40
Image: MDSolarSciences.

25/30 :Best: MDSolarSciences KidCreme Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 40

26 /30: Best: Sunology Mineral Sunscreen for Kids, SPF 50

Sunology mineral sunscreen for kids, SPF 50
Image: Sunology.

26/30 :Best: Sunology Mineral Sunscreen for Kids, SPF 50

27 /30: Best: Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50

Neutrogena Pure & Free baby sunscreen, SPF 50
Image: Target.

27/30 :Best: Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50

28 /30: Best: Thinksport Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+

thinksport kids sunscreen, SPF 50+
Image: Amazon.

28/30 :Best: Thinksport Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+

29 /30: Best: TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30

TruKid sunny days sport sunscreen, SPF 30
Image: TruKid.

29/30 :Best: TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30

30 /30: Pin It!

Best and worst sunscreens for kids Pinterest image
Image: Getty Images. Design: Tiffany Egbert/SheKnows.

30/30 :Pin It!