Picking out a sunscreen you feel good about putting on your skin is one thing. But finding one that you feel good about putting on kiddos? So. Freaking. Hard.
Luckily, there are formulas that are safe—and that don’t feel greasy, cause itchiness, or sting the eyes. Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, says your best bet is a mineral sunscreen that contains zinc oxide alone or has zinc oxide paired with titanium dioxide.
“Mineral UV blockers do not tend to cause skin irritation and are a milder option for children,” Dr. Zeichner says, adding that you should steer clear of chemical-based formulations that have avobenzone. The nine picks below all fit the bill as great sunscreens for kids and babies.
(One note: With infants under six months, Dr. Zeichner advises skipping SPF altogether, as it can lead to irritation. Instead, opt to shield their delicate skin with sun-protective clothing, blankets, and umbrellas.)
HELLO BELLO SPF 50 SUNSCREEN MINERAL LOTION
Kristen Bell and hubby Dax Shephard recently launched Hello Bello, a line of premium baby products at affordable price points. This $9 mineral lotion is UVA- and UVB-safe, reef-friendly, and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, making it something that kids—and adults—will want to use.
AVEENO KIDS ZINC OXIDE MINERAL SUNSCREEN
This tube can double as a treatment for a diaper rash since zinc oxide creates a protective barrier on skin, preventing further irritation. It’s also packed with soothing oats.
NEUTROGENA PURE & FREE BABY SUNSCREEN STICK BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 60+
This portable, oil-free stick is small enough to stash in your purse or diaper bag, so you can keep the kiddos protected on-the-go.