Infant new born Sunscreen
Your infant & newborn’s skin is soft, sweet, and undamaged by the sun. When you go out, it’s just as important to have a safe sunscreen in your diaper bag as making sure you’ve got diapers!
It was difficult to find a 100% safe sunscreen in mass-market stores. We did, however, locate the Earth’s Best Jason’s Sun Block at Wal-Mart.
The products we’re recommending below are zinc oxide-based or Titanium Dioxide-based. And none of these products contain the harmful chemical used in other sunscreens, OXYBENZONE (BENZOPHENONE-3).
One thing that you will find out—besides how hard it is to apply sunscreen to a fussy and active infant & newborn or toddler!—is that most of the natural brands take a little more effort to rub into the skin.
The natural product companies charge a premium for the sun block; Aubrey Organics offers the best prices of the non-mass-market brands.
Once again, we reviewed all of the mass-market sunscreens and sun blocks to find the very best. Please note, however, that the last product on our list, Banana Boat Infant & newborn Tear Free UVA & UVB Sunblock, does contain parabens. These may cause allergic skin reactions. This still is the best mass-market products available for infant & newborn sunblock.
1. Avalon Infant & newborn Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 18 3.5 fl oz (100 ml)
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (7.0%) (Natural Mineral Sunscreen) Inactive Ingredients: Water (Purified), Octyl Palmitate (Palm Emollient), Castor Oil Phosphate, Triethoxycaprylysilane (Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Vegetable Emulsifier), PEG 100 Stearate (Emulsifier), Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Emollient), Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut Emollient), Vegetable Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol (Natural Preservative), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate (Natural Preservative System), Vitamin E, Stearic Acid (Vegetable Emollient), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Organic), Organic Sunflower, Jojoba Seed Oils, Organic Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis), Organic Calendula, Chamomile Flower, Calendula Flower, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extracts, Vitamin B5, Allantoin (Comfrey Root Conditioner), Oat Kernel Flour, Organic Echinacea Leaf, Yarrow Extracts, Polysorbate 60 (Emulisifier), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate (Vegetable Emulsifier), Cetyl Phosphate (Vegetable Emulsifier), Xanathan Gum
Where to buy: www.drugstore.com
2. CALIFORNIA INFANT & NEWBORN SPF 30 SUNSCREEN (very water resistant)
Active: Micronized Titanium Dioxide. Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Coconut Fatty Acid, Alkylbenzoate (moisturizer), Silicone Cyclomeythicone (water repellant), Vegetable Glycerin, Dipolydroxystearate (works to emulsify), Candelilia Wax (protects against water loss), Vitamin E (anti-oxidant), Coconut Oil, Squalene (from olive oil), Epsom Salt(magnesium sulfate), Vitamin B Complex Factor, Panthenol, Allantoin, Magnesium Stearate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.
Where to buy: Target or www.amazon.com
** Note: The Amazon and drugstore.com websites currently show parabens on the product label section. The actual product purchased in the store, however, does not show Parabens on the label. Either the product formulation was changed or the Internet ingredient disclosure is not correct.
3. UV NATURAL INFANT & NEWBORN SPF 30+ NEW FORMULA 2007 5.29 oz
Zinc oxide 24.8%, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, Caprilic/capric triglycerides, Silica, Zinc stearate, Macadamia ternifolia seed oil, Camellia oleifera leaf extract (green tea), Vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract, Tocopherol, Iron oxides.
Where to buy: www.amazon.com
4. AUBREY ORGANICS GREEN TEA SUNBLOCK FOR CHILDREN (SPF 25), 4 oz.
Not recommended for infants under six months.
Active Ingredients INCI: Padimate O (PABA Ester), Titanium Dioxide. Inactive Ingredients INCI: Aqua, cetyl alcohol (coconut fatty alcohol), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba butter), alcohol denat., Helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil*, Camellia japonica (camellia) oil, lecithin, glycerin, Epilobium angustifolium (willowherb) extract, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)*, aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice*, Camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf*, glyceryl linoleate and glyceryl linolenate (vitamin F), silica, Citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), Glycine soja (soybean) oil, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, beta-carotene, Jasminum officinale (jasmine) oil, Tanacetum annuum (Morrocan blue camomile) oil*. *Certified organic
Where to buy: www.amazon.com or www.aubrey-organics.com.
5. AUBREY ORGANICS NATURAL SUN SPF 25 SUNSCREEN/ACTIVE LIFESTYLES over 6 months of age, 4 oz
Active Ingredients INCI: Padimate O (PABA Ester), Titanium Dioxide. Inactive Ingredients INCI: Aqua, cetyl alcohol (coconut fatty alcohol), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba butter), alcohol denat., Helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil*, Camellia japonica (camellia) oil, lecithin, glycerin, Epilobium angustifolium (willowherb) extract, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)*, Aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice*, Camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf*, glyceryl linoleate and glyceryl linolenate (vitamin F), silica, Citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), Glycine soja (soybean) oil, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, beta-carotene, Jasminum officinale (jasmine) oil.
Where to buy: www.amazon.com or www.aubrey-organics.com.
5. LAVERA SUN BLOCK INFANT & NEWBORN & CHILDREN SPF 30 4 oz
Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 14%; Other Ingredients: Water, Soybean Oil*, Capric Triglycerides, Grain Alcohol, Glycerin, Plant based emulsifier Polyglyceryl 3-ricinoleate, Tricaprylin, Canola, Shea Butter*, Sunflower Oil*, Jojoba Oil*, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamin E, Apricot Seed Oil*, Almond Oil*, Wild Rose Hydrolate*, Lavender Hydrolate*, Xanthan, Beeswax, Castor Oil, Yeast Extract, Vitamin C, Stearic Acid, Essential Oils*
Where to buy: www.amazon.com or www.lavera.com
6. BADGER SPF 30, 2.9 oz
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20.5% Other ingredients: Organic Extra virgin olive oil (olea europaea), natural beeswax (cera flava), organic jojoba oil (simmondsia chinesis),organic cocoa butter (theobroma cacao seed), wild african shea butter (butyrospermum parkii), organic co2 extract of seabuckthorn berry (hippophae thamnoides), and essential oils of lavender (lavendula augustifolia), moroccan blue tansy (tanacetum annuum), ylang ylang (cananga odorata), lime (citrus aurantifolia), and orange (citrus aurantium dulcis)
Cost: $13.95 for 2.9 oz
Where to buy: www.amazon.com or www.badgerbalm.com
7. EARTH’S BEST INFANT & NEWBORN CARE CHEMICAL-FREE SUNBLOCK, SPF 30+, by Jason 4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2) 8 oz total
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide: 8%, Zinc Oxide: 2% Inactive Ingredients: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract*, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethyl Macadamiate, Calcium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Beta-Glucan, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Anthemus Nobilis (Chamomile) Extract*, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract*, Vegetable Glycerin, Aqua (Purified Water), Glyceryl LaurateTriethoxycaprylylsilane, Castor Oil Phosphate, Propylene CarbonateMagnesium Sulfate, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.*Certified Organic
Where to buy: www.amazon.com or Babies R Us
8. BANANA BOAT INFANT & NEWBORN TEAR FREE UVA & UVB SUNBLOCK LOTION SPF 50 8 oz (NOTE: has Parabens)
Active ingredients: Homosalate 15.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Titanium dioxide 2.4%. Inactive ingredients: Water, Isohexadecane, Ozokerite, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dibutyl Adipate, PEG-8, C30-38, Olefin/Isopropyl Maleate/MA Copolymer, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Methoylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Alumina
Where to buy: www.drugstore.com or most mass-market stores
umber 8 contains Parabens; these ingredients may cause allergic skin reactions and have other concerns mentioned at the bottom of this report. However, this was the best mass-market product available for infant & newborn sunblock.