So, you took all the precautions to keep yourself and your family safe during beach trips and outdoor activities, only to hear all about the dangers of your sunscreen. Some people brush off the concerns of sunscreen ingredients, while others claim sunscreen is more dangerous than the UV rays themselves. What is a discerning parent to do? Well, really the only thing you can do. Research, read, and make the best choice you can with the information and money you have. Here are five sunscreens we like that have been shown to be safe. With the exception of one, all of them are pretty affordable too.
Ingredients: Non-Nano Zinc Oxide – 24.7% , Grape Seed Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (from Coconut Oil), Organic Beeswax, Stearic Acid (from Palm Oil), Organic Honey, Sea Salt, Purified Water.
Despite non-nano zinc, it goes on clear. Stays water resistant for up to 40 minutes. Unscented.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (9.6%),Purified Water, Alkyl Benzoate (Coconut/Moisturizer), Cyclomethicone (Silicone/Water Repellant), Vegetable Glycerin (Coconut), Dipolyhydroxystearate (Coconut/Works To Emulsify), Candelilla Cera (Candelilla Plant Wax/Protects Against Moisture Loss), Tocopherol (Vitamin E/Antioxidant), Squalane (Olive Oil/Emollient), Cocos Nucifera Oil Infused With Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract (Coconut Oil Infused With Gardenia Flower), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil (Japanese Green Tea/Antioxidant), Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salts), Panthenol And Allantoin (Vitamin B Complex Factor), Magnesium Stearate, Pure Essential Oil Of Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella), Cymbopogon Schoenathus (Lemongrass) And Cedrus Atlantica (Cedar Wood); Capryloyl Glycine And Undecylenoul Glycine (Amino Acids).
Broad spectrum, water resistant, non-white.
Ingredients: Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75% , Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax), CO2 Extracts of Hippophae Rhamnoides (Organic Seabuckthorn), and Calenduls Officinalis (Organic Calendula), Anthemis Nobilis (Organic Chamomile) Essential Oil, and Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E).
Organic, non-nano, water resistant up to 40 minutes. Pleasant smell.
Ingredients: Extra Virgin olive oil, non-nano 25% zinc oxide, sesame seed oil**, candelilla wax, coconut & macadamia nut oil**, vitamin e T-50, sun safe essential oil blend.
Can be customized in case of allergies. Vegan, non-greasy,and comes in a GLASS container.
Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 22.5% (non-nanoparticle), Spring Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride (coconut derived), Organic Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Stearate (coconut derived), Organic Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Methylcellulose, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Buriti (Mauritia Vinifera) Fruit Oil, Organic Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate.
Sold by physicians and dermatologists. Safe for pregnancy. Can double as a makeup primer.