Super Parent Fun Tip: Choosing Safe Sunscreen

August 12, 2013 2 Comments »

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Did you know that hundreds of big brand sunscreens contain known allergens, hormone disruptors, and even cancer causing ingredients? The EWG’s Skin Deep has rated hundreds of sunscreens and found that only 208 (one 1 quarter of what was tested) that meet their criteria for safer beach and sport sun protection.

For safe sun care, we recommend avoiding chemical sunscreens and opting for an organic, all natural, non-nano mineral sunscreen that has an EWG Skin Deep Safety Rating of a 0-2. When reading sunscreen labels, make sure the only active ingredients are non-nano zinc or non-nano titanium dioxide. Here are some other tips to remember and some of our favorite brands!




Badger Baby SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream: This sunscreen contains non-nano Zinc Oxide to protect from both UVA & UVB rays, in a base of safe, soothing USDA Certified Organic ingredients. It is water & sweat resistant for 40 minutes, biodegradable, and works immediately upon application. Badger sunscreens have been recommended by the Environmental Working Group, Consumer Reports, the TODAY show, and numerous other sources. Packaged in a BPA- and Phthalate-free, recyclable #2 plastic tube. This Baby Sunscreen Cream has the mild scent of Chamomile and Calendula, and can be used by the whole family! Pediatrician tested & approved safe for babies and kids.

EWG Rating: 1

Active Sunscreen Ingredient:
Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75%

Other Sunscreen Ingredients:
*Helianthus Annuus (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).

*Certified Organic Ingredient



Honest Sunscreen SPF 30: Natural, unscented, broad-spectrum (UVA & UVB) 30 SPF mineral sunscreen – everything you need, nothing you don’t. Easy to apply, non-greasy, non-whitening (non-nano!) zinc oxide sunscreen provides safe, effective sun protection for the entire family. Zinc oxide is the ONLY active sunscreen ingredient – NO harmful chemicals (ever!) Yes – it’s baby-safe! Safe for use on children under 6 months of age. Water resistant – tested effective for up to 40 minutes Non-Nano • Hypoallergenic • Vegetarian • Non-Whitening • Biodegradable • Reef-Friendly.

EWG Rating: 1

Active Sunscreen Ingredient:
Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 20% (Mineral Sunscreen)

Other Sunscreen Ingredients:
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Beeswax*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*
*Certified Organic Ingredient

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Baby Time by Episencial Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35: This broad spectrum, lightweight, non-greasy, moisturizing sunscreen is water resistant for up to 80 minutes of sprinkler –proof fun! Safe minerals work to protect the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, while aloe and green tea extract keep skin cool and protected from IR damage. Easy to apply! Timeless for all ages, 0 – 150 years. Unscented. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying or at least every 2 hours.

EWG Rating: 1

Active Sunscreen Ingredients:
Titanium Dioxide (Sunscreen) 11%Zinc Oxide (Sunscreen) 5.5%

Other Sunscreen Ingredients:
Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkylmethacrylate Copolymer, (C12-C15) Alkyl Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Flower, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea), Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Carthamus Tinctorius (Organic Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Cetearyl Glucoside, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin (Plant Derived),Glyceryl Stearate Se, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Isostearic Acid, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Water (Aqua),Xanthan Gum (Natural Thickener)



BabyGanics Cover-Up Baby Pure Mineral Sunscreen Stick 50+SPF: Take this zinc oxide sunscreen stick everywhere you go! BabyGanics’ pure mineral 50+SPF formula provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and best of all it glides on smooth for fun and effortless application.

• NO PABA, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Nano-Particles or Fragrances
• Non-chemical sunscreen moisturizes and protects sensitive skin
• Hypoallergenic, tear free formula is perfect for high exposure areas and targeted protection

EWG Rating: 1

Active Sunscreen Ingredients:
Titanium Dioxide 7.9%, Zinc Oxide 6.7%

Other Sunscreen Ingredients:
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Tribehenin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Myristyl Myristate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl/Octadodecyl Citrate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaoleate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silica, Alumina

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2 comments on “Super Parent Fun Tip: Choosing Safe Sunscreen

  1. Tara Rummel on said:

    Can you tell me who makes the sunglasses? and if they are available separately?

    • Michelle on said:

      They are made by Honest Co. You can find them here:

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