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Best Sunscreens For Kids With Sensitive Skin

By now we all know the impact that applying sunscreen on our children can have on protecting them from sunburns and skin cancer, but they can’t all use the same products. Kids can have all sorts of skin sensitivities, from Summer rashes to eczema and allergies, and you need to shop accordingly.

To begin, you’ll likely want to search for mineral-based sunscreens only (skip the chemical ones), and then pay close attention to the ingredient list. If you know what irritates them then you’re ahead of the game. Otherwise, start by avoiding some of the big offenders. Tip: kids can have reactions to the ingredient octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC), which helps filter UVB rays from the sun, so try starting there.

Up ahead, nine sunscreens you should check out if your little one has sensitive skin.


Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream

Not only does Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream ($14) have a non-nano zinc oxide formula to protect from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays, but the added chamomile and calendula to the 98-percent organic ingredient base of sunflower oil, beeswax, and vitamin E offers soothing properties for sensitive skin.



The Honest Co. Honest Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Safe for parents and babies, The Honest Co. Honest Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 ($15) is made to be non-irritating and is pediatrician-tested.

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen ($11) is a mineral-based sunscreen using both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to block the sun’s rays. Plus, it’s one of the highest-rated drugstore brand sunscreens on the market.

Blue Lizard Australian Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+

Blue Lizard’s Australian Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+ ($25) is made specifically for kids’ sensitive skin and uses zinc oxide (10 percent) and titanium oxide (five percent) for sun blockage.

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen ($14) is made with sensitive skin in mind, making it perfect for the whole family (including baby!) to use this fragrance-free, non-nano, hypoallergenic product. Plus, it’s clear, so you don’t have to worry about walking around with a thick white lotion on your face.

TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30+

TruKid Sunny Days Mineral All Natural Sunscreen ($13, originally $19) is quickly becoming a favorite of parents and kids alike. The mineral-based lotion, which uses zinc oxide as its sunblock, is a non-nano and gluten-free formula.

California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+

California Baby continues to manufacture safe and effective baby products that won’t harm your tots. Its California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+ ($28) is one of the highest rated on the EWG’s annual list, due to its 12 percent titanium dioxide formula. It’s also free of fragrances, which would work for anyone with fragrance allergies.

All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 30

A favorite brand of moms, All Good is now gracing the bodies of their little ones thanks to its All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 30 ($16). All Good Kid’s baby lotion is non-greasy and contains organic green tea, rose hips, and buriti oil to help repair damaged skin.

Goddess Garden Organics Baby Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

These adorable pink bottles of Goddess Garden Organics Baby Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 ($14) may not appear on drugstore shelves, but the zinc-oxide-based product (19 percent) provides excellent UVA protection and a good balance of UVA protection in relation to the SPF. It’s free of oxybenzone, parabens, and other synthetic fragrances, so it could be another good option to try.


Written By: Rebecca Brown

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Summer 2018 is upon us!!!! Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare for this years summer fun!



Get your hair healthy.

The healthier your hair is going in to summer, the less sun, chlorine and sea salt damage will affect it. Make a habit of deep conditioning your locks once a week, whether with a handful of coconut oil or a mask.

Start exfoliating now.

Get into the habit early and often. Scrubbing your whole body may seem tedious in the shower, but it genuinely makes a big difference not only in the overall health of your skin, but also in its ability to absorb moisturizing products. And not for nothing, but shaving your legs will be a whole lot more pleasant if you slough off those winter layers of dead skin first.

Clean out your medicine cabinet.

Seriously. Check expiration dates on your green products. Make sure everything smells like it’s supposed to. A winter living in your steamy, artificial-heat riddled bathroom may have compromised your skincare products. And if there’s anything you haven’t used since last summer that you were hoping to save for this summer…be wary.

Re-evaluate your skincare routine.

Summer skin is a different thing than winter skin. If you’ve been using heavy oils and creams all winter to fight dry skin, kudos to you. But you’ll want to consider something lighter come summer, and possibly with an upped SPF in anticipation of more hours spent outside.

Test out lighter makeup.

Summer is hot; you don’t want to walking around with a face full of the same makeup you wear when it’s cold. Not only will it likely run when you sweat, but it can also lead to clogged pores. Let your skin take advantage of the warmth and humidity that comes with summer and get comfortable with different products now so the switch will be seamless when temperatures rise. If you’re used to full-coverage foundation, consider a sheer CC cream. Instead of a dark matte lip, play around with a berry-hued tint.

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Stock up on sunscreen.

Like I said earlier, the green products you relied on last summer are likely expired (or will be by the time you need them again this year). Before the rush to buy sunscreen starts, consider buying a new one for your body and another for your face. That way, when the first really nice day rolls around unexpectedly, you’ll be ready to head outside without fear of sunburn or expired SPF.

Switch up your deodorant.

If you’ve been waiting to make the change to all-natural deodorant, do it soon rather than later. Your body will need time to purge itself of any residual chemicals left over by your conventional stick, so your body’s natural odor may change (i.e. get stronger) for that transitional period. Plus, natural deodorants work better with time so if you get started now, your pits will be in great shape for the dog days of summer when the deodorant really gets to work.

Stop ignoring your feet.

When sandal weather finally graces us with its presence, don’t let the feet and toenails you ignored all winter long stop you from sporting an open-toe. Yes, they’ve been bundled in thick socks and snow boots for months now, but be proactive with your foot care. Use a sugar- or coffee-based scrub weekly to soften up those calluses. Slather on a heavy-duty moisturizing salveat night to smooth cracked heels. (Pro tip: Put socks on right after to make sure the moisturizer stays put and really soaks in.) Give your nails and cuticles some love with an oil designed especially for them. And for the love of all that is holy, take offwhatever chips of last summer’s nail polish are still lingering—it’s time for something new.


Feeling a little sluggish after months of hibernating? While you wait for the bounty of in-season summer produce that awaits, consider detoxing a bit now with whatever fresh produce you can get your hands on. Whether it’s adding a scoop of greens to your morning smoothie, upping the healthy bacteria in your gut to fight winter bloat or experimenting with some vegan dishes, baby steps now will mean you have the energy to get out and actually be a person when the weather calls for it.


Written By: Allie White