Friday Finds: Safe Sunscreen Edition

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As I throw stuff in a pile pack neatly for our week on the beach starting tomorrow, I suddenly realized that we are out of sunscreen. Guys. A few hours before leaving for the Jersey Shore is not the time to not have any sunscreen in the house. Off to Walgreens we go and as I stare at the wall of options, I am suddenly terribly overwhelmed. I did some quick googling and picked up the best safe sunscreen option I could find (that was under $15! How do people charge this much for sunblock?!). But also wanted to help some of you make a quicker decision than I made!

We’d love to hear from you! Do you use any of these? Would you add or subtract from the list?

Side note. It would be super handy if someone came up with a way to make a sunscreen spray that was not toxic. It really would be so much easier to spray my 4-year-old than trying to pin down his sweaty, sandy self.


safe sunscreen options

Alba Botanica Very Emollient, Fragrance Free Mineral Sunscreen

Very water resistant (up to 80 minutes), reef-safe, biodegradable mineral sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection. Mineral sunscreens provide a protective barrier while aloe vera, green tea and chamomile soothe and repair sensitive skin. 100% vegetarian ingredients. No animal testing. NO: parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances.

California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen Lotion

Contains organic and sustainably grown ingredients. No added Fragrance or scent masking agents. UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection. Non-invasive formula, hypoallergenic. No added fragrances and mineral-based, California Baby sunscreen is tear-free, vegan and perfect for those seeking a gentle physical barrier from the sun. California Baby’s active ingredient is a highly micronized titanium dioxide that scatters and reflects dangerous UV rays, offering UVA-UVB broad spectrum protection. This lotion is simple and elegant; it glides on smoothly and will not slip off when it comes into contact with water, so you may rest assured that it will last. Non-staining formula and water-resistant. Free of gluten, soy, oat, dairy or nuts except for coconut (seed of a drupaceous fruit).

Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen

The Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen formula is water resistant for at least 40 minutes, environmentally friendly, safe for children, blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and thoroughly moisturizes while it protects your skin. This natural, organic, physical barrier sunscreen is made with zinc oxide instead of chemicals. Since the inception of this steamy, dreamy potion, previously sun-shy Badgers have been sighted belly up on the most luxurious beaches around the world. Meet you at the beach! Active Sunscreen Ingredient: Micronized Zinc Oxide 20.5% Other Sunscreen Ingredients: *Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Beeswax, *Jojoba Oil, *Cocoa Butter, *Shea Butter, and CO2 Extracts of *Rosemary, and *Seabuckthorn Berry. Wt. 2.9 oz.

UVA + UVB protection & water resistant (80 minutes). Non-allergenic formula that is naturally gentle on skin and tear free. Pediatrician & Dermatologist tested. Exclusive 100% natural NeoNourish Seed Oil Blend to help nurture and support baby’s skin. No: PABA, phthalates, parabens, fragrances or nano-particles and never tested on animals.

Your baby-safe world just got bigger! It’s a big, wide world out there and your baby wants at it. But sunburn and damage to sensitive skin isn’t anything you want them to explore. Our mineral- based SPF formulas provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and glides on smooth for effortless application. Non-allergenic and tear free, so it can go on whatever part of your baby the sun’s gonna shine.

Kiss My Face Sun Screen Sensitive side SPF 30+

Oat Protein Sunscreen SPF 30 is a remarkably effective sunscreen made with oat protein and beta glucans that moisturize and help fight the signs of aging.

Oat Beta Glucan has been proven to help protect skin. It’s easy and quick to apply, water resistant, and free of parabens and artificial colors or fragrances. What’s more, Kiss My Face procures non-nano minerals for use in our sunscreens.

This formula is enriched with Hydresia. Hydresia is nature’s moisturizer nurtured from safflower seeds. Hydresia oleosomes are little “capsules” of oil that collapse at varying rates on your skin, providing controlled release of ultra-moisturizing properties.

  • No parabens
  • No nanoparticles
  • No artificial colors
  • No animal ingredients or testing
  • Fragrance free
  • Phthalate free
  • Oxybenzone free
  • Biodegradable
  • Recyclable packaging

JASON Kid Sunscreen, SPF 45

Tear free, water resistant formula specially formulated for children’s tender skin. SPF 45, quick absorbing, fast-acting and biodegradable formula infused with soothing chamomile and calendula extracts. Hypoallergenic, biodegradable formula, contains natural and/or organic ingredients. No animal testing. NO: gluten, parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, petrolatum, artificial colors or phthalates.

JASON Sun Care offers a range of sun care products that keep you safe from harmful chemicals and the sun’s damaging rays. Our formulas are quickly absorbing and fast-acting and all are biodegradable. JASON was born in California in 1959 when a group of independent thinkers sought to establish a new kind of personal care for themselves and their families. Taking the name JASON , which means “Healer” in Greek, they rejected harsh, risky chemicals.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive SPF 30+

Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Sun Protection with 10% Zinc Oxide and 5% Titanium Dioxide. Paraben-Free, Fragrance-Free and Chemical Free. Gentle for sensitive skin. Dermatologist recommended. Smart bottle technology turns blue when harmful UVA rays are present

Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30+ (formerly Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscream SPF 30) features the finest UV ray-blocking ingredients, including micronized zinc oxide which provides the best broad-spectrum protection from harmful UV rays.

Alayna Wetherhead

Alayna Wetherhead lives in Connecticut with her husband and son who totally thinks he's a superhero. She likes running, making cookies out of chick peas, is a Yankee fan by marriage, and gets a high out of seeing her grocery total after coupons. She also has an Instagram you can follow.

1 Comment to Friday Finds: Safe Sunscreen Edition

  1. Julie

    My daughter has no known allergies, BUT the Alba kids sunscreen (fuschia tube) would cause her eyes to tear terribly! I was so surprised since nothing else seemed to have that effect on her, and Alba is a natural brand. We switched to Babyganics and have had no issues, but I’m cautious now when trying something new.

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