(Last Updated On: February 1, 2018)

Children enjoying a sunny afternoon, running around and playing.

Nothing to dislike in such a picture.

Weeell, except for the sun. Turns out, sunlight can be harmful to kids.

Does that scupper that then? Children shouldn’t play in sunlight?

No.

All you need is a good sunscreen regimen for your kid. And you’re good to go.

Check out my list of the top 10 Sunscreens for Kids. Not only will I list out the best kids’ sunscreens available, I’ll also tell you what to look for when you select a sunscreen for your child.

At A Glance: The Best Sunscreens For Kids

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ is an award-winning option based on Zinc Oxide.

Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 is a mild option with lots of moisturizers to keep your child’s skin smooth.

Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 is a good option which avoids problems like the sunscreen leaking into the eyes.

Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray is lightweight, non-greasy but with great staying power on your skin.

Badger Balm SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Cream is a good sunscreen with a very appealing vanilla-tangerine scent.

 

The Best Sunscreen For Kids

01. Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ Review

Question. What’s the deal with non-nano Zinc Oxide?

Nano particles are so small they can enter the bloodstream. Non-nano particles are too large to enter the bloodstream.

Whether the entry into the bloodstream is actually harmful or not is debated but better safe than sorry!

A ‘Best of Beauty’ Award winner, this one is a classic choice for the tiny tots!

Children will love its fresh papaya scent.

If you think a baby’s sunscreen is too mild for your kid, you can use Thinksport Kid’s Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+. It’s very similar to Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen.

It gets absorbed into the skin completely and fades away. Your kid avoids the white cloak that is typical to Zinc Oxide-based sunscreens.

The key ingredients are listed below.

Active Ingredient: 20% Zinc Oxide (Non-nano; Screens both UVA and UVB rays).

Soothe and Condition your skinAloe Vera Leaf Juice, Cetyl Dimethicone, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E**
AntioxidantAloe Vera Leaf Juice, Vitamin C*, Vitamin E**, Olive Oil
EmollientCaprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil
Replenish and Restore your skinCaprylic/Capric Triglyceride
EmulsifyingSorbitan Stearate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil
HumectantGlycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate
Antifoaming AgentCetyl Dimethicone
Bulking AgentEpsom Salt
Buffer/pH AdjusterVitamin C*
SolventWater

*As Ascorbic Acid.

**As Tocopherol.

Directions

  • Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Under normal conditions re-apply every 2 hours.
  • If you swim or sweat, re-apply every 80 minutes; or after drying yourself with a towel.
  • Do NOT apply on broken skin; STOP applying if it causes a rash.

What I Liked

Zinc Oxide is a very good choice for a sunscreen.

It does not remain as a white coating on the skin which encourages use by young children.

Pleasant papaya scent again makes it suitable for young children.

What I Didn’t Like

It may cause rashes and irritation in some users. Stop using it in such a case.

The Best Sunscreen For Babies

02. Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 Review

This goes smoothly onto the skin and is not greasy. This comes in useful for children because they would not like a sunscreen that keeps feeling oily on their skin.

It has a mild smell that children won’t get repelled by.

One difficulty with this is that you have to rub it in really well or it’ll form a white film all over. Young children will not like that and resist using it further.

It contains a large number of emollients and skin conditioners. These help keep skin smooth by creating a layer of oils on the skin. That also helps resist water loss.

The following are the chief ingredients.

Active Ingredients: Octisalate 5% (UV Absorber & Filter), Titanium Dioxide 3% (UV Absorber) and Zinc Oxide 6% (Screens both UVA and UVB rays).

Soothe and Condition your skinButyloctyl Salicylate, Jojoba Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Shea Butter
Emollient
Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Tomato Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Arachidyl Alcohol
Replenish and Restore your skinCaprylic/Capric Triglyceride
EmulsifyingPolyglyceryl-2 Stearate
Opacifying AgentCetyl Alcohol, Silica
AntioxidantCoconut Oil, Tomato Seed Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Shea Butter
HumectantGlycerin
EmulsifierArachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Xanthan Gum
SolventWater, Coconut Oil

Directions

  • Apply liberally 15 minutes before exposure to the sun.
  • Under normal conditions reapply every 2 hours.
  • If you swim or sweat re-apply every 80 minutes; reapply immediately after drying yourself with a towel.
  • This product is best used for targeted protection of small exposed areas of skin. So, use this for especially tender areas of your child, which tend to get more raw or red. Use another sunscreen for a general sunscreen.

What I Liked

 It contains many emollients (prevent water loss and make skin soft) making it suitable for more sensitive areas.

 Coconut Oil, Shea Butter etc soothe skin. This is very good for helping kids avoid discomfort from exposure to the sun.

What I Didn’t Like

Tomato Seed Oil may sensitize your skin.

It persists as a whitish layer on the skin which may dissuade kids from regular use.

The Best Stick Sunscreen For Kids

03. Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 Review

If your kid is scared of the sunscreen leaking into his/her eyes and burning them a stick is the natural choice for you.

A stick can almost eliminate sunscreen leaking into the eyes.

It is also good for being applied on wet skin.

The sunscreen is based on Neutrogena’s Helioplex technology.

Dermatologist Darrell Rigel gives Helioplex a thumbs up at protecting you from UVA and UVB rays.

He also claims it works for 4 hours but I’d recommend re-applying every 2 hours.

The main ingredients follow.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3% (absorbs UVA rays), Homosalate 15% (absorbs UVB rays), Octisalate 5% (UV Absorber & Filter), Octocrylene 10% (Absorbs UVB rays; helps stabilize Avobenzone), Oxybenzone 3% (absorbs mainly UVB rays).

Emollient
Beeswax, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Diethylhexyl -2,6 – Naphthalate, Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Neopentyl Glycol Diisostearate, octyldodecyl neopentanoate
EmulsifierBeeswax, Ozokerite, Paraffin
AntioxidantBHT
UV AbsorberDiethylhexyl -2,6 - Naphthalate
Opacifying AgentOzokerite

Directions

  • Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Re-apply
    • Every 2 hours.
    • Every 80 minutes if you’re swimming or sweating.
    • Immediately after drying yourself with a towel.

What I Liked

 Stick sunscreen avoids it going into the eye.

 It is also good for applying on wet skin.

 BHT is a mild antioxidant which will retard aging and other free radical damage without irritating or harming your tiny one.

What I Didn’t Like

 Homosalate is rumored to be a weak hormone disruptor.

Contains added fragrance.

Oxybenzone is reported to damage corals and its use is controversial in many jurisdictions like Hawaii.

The Best Spray-on Sunscreen For Kids

04. Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray Review

As far as kids go, the chief advantage of a spray sunscreen is it’s easy to use.

Barring the face there’s no massaging into the skin involved. Just a quick spray on and they can scamper off without you chasing them.

It’s also great for use on wet skin.

Of course the downside is you have to be careful to not apply it so he or she breathes in the spray.

The sunscreen itself is also not greasy. It feels pretty light on the skin and does not persist as a white layer on the skin.

It has a mild but nice scent which is important for inducing your kid to keep using it.

The key ingredients are charted below.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3% (absorbs UVA rays), Homosalate 15% (absorbs UVB rays), Octisalate 5% (UV Absorber & Filter), Octocrylene 10% (Absorbs UVB rays; helps stabilize Avobenzone) and Oxybenzone 3% (absorbs mainly UVB rays).

Film-formingAcrylates/Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Crosspolymer
AntioxidantAscorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Vitamin E*
EmollientDiethylhexyl -2,6 – Naphthalate, Dimethicone
UV AbsorberDiethylhexyl -2,6 - Naphthalate
PropellantDimethyl Ether
Soothe and Condition your skinNelumbo Nucifera Flower Wax, Vitamin E*
SolventDenatured Alcohol

*As Tocopheryl Acetate.

Directions

  • Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure. Shake well before use.
  • Spray all non-face areas directly.
  • For the face, spray your hands and apply to your kid’s face.
  • Re-apply
  • Every 2 hours.
  • Every 80 minutes if you’ve been swimming or sweating.
  • Immediately after you dry your kid with a towel.

What I Liked

Easy to use spray.

Can be applied to wet skin.

Light non-greasy feel.

Mild but refreshing scent.

What I Didn’t Like

Dimethyl Ether may sensitize your child’s skin.

Contains added fragrance.

The Best Sunscreen Cream For Kids

05. Badger Balm SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Cream Review

What’s the deal with ‘uncoated’ Zinc Oxide?

Chemicals may react to the illumination of sunrays to undergo chemical changes that may be harmful to the skin, especially to your little one (‘photoactivity’).

Coated Zinc Oxide can reduce photoactivity.

However other research suggests that the concern may be overblown and that the coating may have side effects of its own. Hence ‘uncoated Zinc Oxide’.

Non-nano simply means the Zinc Oxide particles aren’t small enough to be able to slip into the bloodstream.

This is a cream rather than a lotion. Naturally it will feel somewhat heavier or oilier on the skin. Also you’ll have to work a bit to get it off.

However the effort is worth it. It contains a range of emollients that will be very useful in helping keep your kid’s skin supple.

Vanilla Extract is a good option for alleviating any discomfort from exposure to sunrays.

Kids will LOVE the tangerine-vanilla scent.

Listed below are the chief ingredients.

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (Non-nano uncoated) 18.75% (Screens both UVA and UVB rays).

EmollientSunflower Seed Oil, Beeswax, Sea Buckthorn Fruit Extract
AntioxidantAloe Vera Leaf Juice, Vitamin E*, Vanilla Fruit Extract
Condition your skinSweet Orange Peel Oil, Tangerine Peel Oil, Vitamin E*, Vanilla Fruit Extract
EmulsifyingSorbitan Stearate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil
SolventPurified Water

*As Tocopherol.

Directions

  • Apply liberally to all exposed areas at least 15 minutes before exposure to the sun. (The tube specifies ‘2 mg/cm^2’)
  • Massage well to remove whitening effect.
  • Re-apply
    • Every 2 hours.
    • After 40 minutes of swimming or sweating.
    • Immediately after drying with a towel.

What I Liked

 Uncoated non-nano Zinc Oxide is a good choice of sunscreen.

 Range of emollients to protect kids’ skin from losing moisture or other discomfort.

 Appealing vanilla-tangerine scent.

What I Didn’t Like

 Tangerine Peel Oil may sensitize your child’s skin.

06. Blue Lizard Australian SUNSCREEN SPF 30+ Review

The Titanium Dioxide-Zinc Oxide pairing is a good one. Why?

Zinc Oxide is great at protecting you from UVA rays (95% of sunrays). However as far as UVB is concerned, a little extra SPF (I’ll explain later why ‘SPF’ is required) is welcome.

That’s where Titanium Dioxide comes in.

If you have very sensitive skin you may try this one out for yourself. It’s very mild but provides adequate protection.

It leaves an initial purplish tint on the skin but that will go away with a little rubbing.

It has no strong fragrance that will irritate young children.

It has adequate moisturizers (emollients, humectants etc) to keep the little ones’ skin soft and resist water loss.

Below are the key ingredients.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 5% (UV Absorber) and Zinc Oxide 10% (Screens both UVA and UVB rays).

Emollient
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Stearate,Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Methyl Glucose Dioleate, PEG-7 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sorbitol Oleate
EmulsifierPolyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitol Oleate
Condition your SkinCetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Vitamin E*
HumectantPropylene Glycol, Methyl Glucose Dioleate
AntioxidantVitamin E*
PreservativeMethylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea
Chelating AgentDisodium EDTA
SolventWater

*As Tocopheryl Acteate

Directions

  • Apply 30 minutes before exposure to the sun.
  • Reapply as needed.

What I Liked

 Zinc Oxide-Titanium Dioxide pairing is a good sunscreen.

 Purple tint enables you to check whether all areas have been covered.

 The tint goes away with sufficient massage.

 No strong fragrance.

 Sufficient moisturizers to keep skin soft.

What I Didn’t Like

 Some users may find it a little runny.

 If it makes your child’s skin flush (not the initial purple tint, a sustained flush) stop using it.

07. Coppertone Waterbabies SPF 50 Lotion Review

VP/Eicosene Copolymer is a popular film former used to create a barrier between water and the skin so the sunscreen does not get washed off easily on exposure to water.

The extensive array of ‘chemical’ sunscreens gives extensive protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Occasionally there are users who experience skin irritation from chemical sunscreens. If your child complains of such irritation, stop using this sunscreen.

Overall this is a good choice with a reasonable consistency, a nice scent and mild on the skin.

It may leave some residue on clothes but that can easily be washed off.

The main ingredients follow.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (absorbs UVA rays), Homosalate (absorbs UVB rays), Octisalate (UV Absorber & Filter), Octocrylene (Absorbs UVB rays; helps stabilize Avobenzone) and Oxybenzone (absorbs mainly UVB rays).

HumectantSorbitol
AbsorbentAluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate
Film FormerVP/Eicosene Copolymer
EmollientStearic Acid, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Distearate
EmulsifierStearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Distearate, Carbomer
AntioxidantVitamin E*
Buffer/pH AdjusterTriethanolamine
PreservativeBenzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
Chelating AgentDisodium EDTA
SolventWater, Benzyl Alcohol
*As Tocopherol.

Directions

  • Apply liberally 15 minutes before exposure to the sun.
  • Reapply
    • Every 2 hours
    • Every 80 minutes if your kid sweats or is swimming
    • Immediately on drying your kid with a towel.

What I Liked

 Should not wash off easily on exposure to water.

 Reasonable consistency- neither too thick nor too thin.

 Mild refreshing scent and mild action.

What I Didn’t Like

 Contains parabens.

 Homosalate is rumored to be a weak hormone disruptor.

 Oxybenzone is reported to damage corals and its use is controversial in many jurisdictions like Hawaii.

08. Banana Boat Sunscreen Kids Family Size Broad Spectrum Sun Care Sunscreen Lotion – SPF 50 Review

Aloe Vera Leaf Juice is a wonderful thing to feature in a sunscreen for its soothing quality.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is extracted from coconuts. It is a lightweight and non-greasy emollient. It also provides your skin with nutrients.

Sodium Citrate may impart some additional Antioxidant property to the sunscreen.

What I liked most was its staying power. It won’t get washed away that easily if you kid gets wet.

It’s also got a nice mild scent.

However the sunscreen concentrations (Titanium Dioxide 3.1% and Zinc Oxide 4%) are a bit low.

The key ingredients feature below.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 3.1% (Better at screening UVB rays) and Zinc Oxide 4% (Screens both UVA and UVB rays).

EmollientCaprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol
Replenish your skinCaprylic/Capric Triglyceride
Condition your SkinButyloctyl Salicylate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Vitamin E*, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice
EmulsifierCetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone
HumectantPEG-8, Glycerin
AntioxidantVitamin E*, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice
Buffer/pH AdjusterSodium Citrate
PreservativePhenoxyethanol
SolventWater, PEG-8
*As Tocopheryl Acetate.

Directions

  • Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Re-apply
    • Every 80 minutes if your kid’s been sweating or swimming.
    • Immediately after drying him/her with a towel.
    • Every 2 hours under all other circumstances.

What I Liked

 Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide together offer extensive protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

 Nice lightweight and non-greasy emollients keep skin soft and smooth.

 Doesn’t wash away easily.

 Mild enjoyable scent.

What I Didn’t Like

 Sunscreen concentrations are a bit low.

09. Banana Boat Sunscreen Kids Ultra Mist Tear-Free Sting Free Broad Spectrum Sun Care Sunscreen Spray – SPF 50 Review

You may be wondering what Isobutane is used for. It’s used to convert to sunscreen into spray form.

It contains a large number of sunscreens (chemical sunscreens) to offer you extensive protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

It’s a mild sunscreen with no strong fragrance. Young children will enjoy it.

It has great staying power and should not wash away easily on exposure to water.

It doesn’t sting the skin or make existing skin conditions worse. However you should maintain a discipline of not applying sunscreen over areas with existing skin conditions like a rash etc unless absolutely necessary.

It applies clear which is important for convincing your kid to apply it regularly.

The key ingredients are listed below.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3% (absorbs UVA rays), Homosalate 10% (absorbs UVB rays), Octisalate 5% (UV Absorber & Filter) and Octocrylene 6% (Absorbs UVB rays; helps stabilize Avobenzone).

PropellantIsobutane
EmollientIsohexadecane, Ethylhexyl Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Octyldodecanol
Condition your SkinCetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Vitamin E*
EmulsifierCetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone
HumectantPEG-8, Glycerin
AntioxidantAloe Vera Leaf Juice, Retinyl Palmitate, Vitamin E*, Vitamin C**
Opacifying AgentSilica
Buffer/pH AdjusterSodium Citrate, Vitamin C**
PreservativePhenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben
SolventWater, PEG-8, Octyldodecanol

*As Tocopheryl Acetate.

**As Ascorbic Acid.

Directions

  • Spray 15 minutes before sun exposure. Keep it 4-6 inches from the body while spraying
  • For the face, spray it on your hands and massage onto face.
  • Re-spray
    • Every 2 hours
    • Every 80 minutes in case of swimming or sweating
    • Immediately after drying with a towel.
  • NEVER spray in windy conditions.

What I Liked

 Mild yet effective sunscreen.

 No strong smell.

 Does not aggravate existing skin problems.

 Should not get washed away by water.

 Applies clear.

What I Didn’t Like

 Contains parabens.

 Homosalate is rumored to be a weak hormone disruptor.

10. Beauty By Earth’s Mineral Sunscreen SPF 25 Review

Cucumber Extract is a good emollient. It will protect the little one’s skin from water loss and keep it soft.

In addition, Cucumber Extract and Japanese Green Tea Leaf Extract are great additions to fight skin aging.

Rosemary Leaf Extract has a calming effect on your skin which may come in handy because sunburn does hurt.

Overall it is a mild sunscreen, suitable for sensitive skin. It is quite easy to apply.

However it is a bit thick and the white tint of Zinc Oxide may persist.

Another slight problem is that it may be difficult to apply on wet skin. It is water-resistant but it’s best to dry skin before re-applying it.

The following are the key ingredients.

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 14% (Screens both UVA and UVB rays).

Condition and Soothe your SkinAloe Vera Leaf Juice, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Castor Seed Oil, Calendula Extract, Vanilla Fruit Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Vitamin E*
AntioxidantAloe Vera Leaf Juice, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Pomegranate Extract, Cucumber Extract, Calendula Extract, Vanilla Fruit Extract, Japanese Green Tea Leaf Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Vitamin E*
HumectantGlycerin
EmulsifierSorbitan Sesquioleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid
EmollientSunflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Cucumber Extract
Bulking AgentEpsom Salt

*As Tocopheryl Acetate.

Directions

  • Apply it liberally before sun exposure.
  • Reapply
    • Every 45-60 minutes
    • Immediately after drying your kid with a towel.

What I Liked

 Sufficient conditioners and emollients to protect skin from moisture loss and keep it smooth.

 Rosemary Leaf Extract will help soothe any discomfort on the skin.

 Easy to apply.

 Mild sunscreen suitable for sensitive skin.

What I Didn’t Like

 A white tint persists.

 Difficult to apply on wet skin.

What should you look for when selecting a sunscreen for your children?

If you think about it there are three aspects to protection against sun exposure.

One aspect is the protection against the rays/radiation. For that you will look for

  • Physical Sunscreens (mainly Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide that act as a physical barrier and reflect back radiation);or
  • Chemical Sunscreens (like Avobenzone, Octocrylene that absorb radiation).

The second aspect concerns the physical effects of the sun’s heat. That will irritate skin and strip it of moisture. To counter that you need

  • Moisturizers (Emollients, Humectants and various Conditioners) to soothe and condition skin.
  • Skin Replenishing ingredients to hydrate and nourish skin.
  • Antioxidants kill free radicals and resist harmful free radical action like scarring and aging of skin.
  • Anything else that calms or soothes the skin is welcome.

The third aspect concerns the fact that these are for kids. So you need sunscreens to be

  • Mild so it doesn’t irritate or harm them.
  • In particular controversial chemicals like parabens should be avoided.
  • Lacking strong fragrances which will put kids off of regular use.
  • Light and non-greasy on the skin.
  • Easy to apply because you’ll be the one applying them to your children and you’d rather skip an extended struggle with your kid while they’re trying to run off to play.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/cancer/how-to-choose-and-use-sunscreen

What’s SPF?

SPF stands for ‘Sun Protection Factor’.

It’s a measure of how much protection you can expect from UVB (not from UVA) rays.

 

Should I go for as high a SPF as money can buy?

The gain from higher SPF tapers off around SPF 50-SPF 60.

 

SPF Value% of UVB rays it protects from
SPF 1593%
SPF 3097%
SPF 5098%

It doesn’t make much sense to proceed beyond SPF 50. Moreover, higher SPF value sunscreens do more harm than good.

Some high-SPF sunscreens contain ingredients that are not good for anybody, least of all young children. They can disrupt hormones and damage tissue.

A famous study conducted by Procter & Gamble found high-SPF sunscreens to be unreliable. Some sunscreens labelled SPF 75 or SPF 100 yielded SPF 37 on repeated tests.

Moreover the thickness of the sunscreen layer tested was found to alter the result tremendously.

In plain English, concentrate on applying a thick layer of sunscreen and covering all exposed areas rather than hankering after high SPF.

What does the ‘+’ in SPF 50+ stand for?

It’s to do with laboratory standards and a FDA rule.

Different laboratories using different tests for SPF may return different SPF values.

A ‘+’ means at minimum. Thus a sunscreen labelled SPF 30+ for example would never return a SPF lower than 30 regardless of the test used.

The FDA has also banned sunscreens from being labelled more than SPF 50. Anything higher than SPF 50 will be labelled SPF 50+.

They did it because they consider sunscreens with higher SPF to have no practical advantage over SPF 50. But a higher SPF encourages complacency and users stop following good practices like re-application every 2 hours and so on.

You mentioned UVB and UVA rays…

Actually, there are three kinds of UV rays emanating from the sun – UVA, UVB and UVC.

Short length UVC rays, the most damaging, possibly fatal, rays are filtered by the atmosphere and do not reach the Earth.

Medium length UVB rays penetrate our skin to superficial depths. They can cause some delayed tanning, skin darkening and skin cancer. They’re primarily responsible for sunburn. These are the rays SPF stops.

Long length UVA rays penetrate deep into our skin. They’re responsible for quick tanning (they’re used in tanning beds), aging, wrinkles, skin darkening and possibly also encourage cancer. To stop UVA rays you need Broad Spectrum sunscreens.

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Now, of course I’ve armed you with sufficient information to choose a sunscreen on your own but there is one sunscreen which I feel is a clear winner among my picks for Top 10 Sunscreens for Kids.

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+

It is based on 20% Zinc Oxide which offers extensive protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

It’s mild, no doubt about that.

It loses the white Zinc Oxide sheen pretty quickly, is lightweight on the skin and has a papaya scent that kids will love.

It’s pretty water-resistant so won’t run off the moment your kid goes for a swim or starts to sweat (but I remind you; don’t get complacent; remember to re-apply it).

It got a glowing recommendation from Allure.

So, overall, a mild, attractive, easy to apply sunscreen that’e effective at protecting one from sun-rays making it the perfect sunscreen for kids.

If you feel there’s a sunscreen out there which is a better fit for kids than the ones I’ve selected, please do tell me in a comment! The specially good suggestions will get a shout-out on Facebook and Twitter and may even be included in this list with attribution.

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