10 Sunscreens I’m Sharing With My Kids This Summer

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Having little kids means lugging around more things than you can imagine—especially living in NYC. The summer is particularly brutal on even my minimal sense of style. My favorite pre-kids summer straw tote will collect dust in my closet in favor of more functional backpacks (yes, multiple) and waterproof BAGGUs of all sizes to hold not only my bare essentials (wallet, phone, keys, water), but my kids’ extra clothes, bathings suits, hats, towels, mosquito spray, toys, waters, snacks and, of course, sunscreen.

For a while I made an amateur mistake of adding my own “adult” sunscreen to the mix, but I’ve grown wiser. Regardless of who it’s marketed to, sunscreen is pretty much the same when you compare physical, chemical or combination sunscreens within their respective categories. Schlepp one less thing around? Music to my ears. This summer I’m taking note of the “adult” and “kids” sunscreens my kids and I wear based on how easy they are to put on, the feel, how they smell and, most importantly, how well they protect our skin.

Sunscreens I Share With (and Steal From) My Kids

1 / 10

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($24)

The first SPF I ever used on my kids was Thinkbaby. It was probably sleep deprivation, but I forgot my own sunscreen a lot in those early days so I slathered this mineral-based, broad spectrum, Leaping Bunny-certified lotion on myself too. It absorbed quickly, and throughout a summer spent in the Florida sun, we never burned. It’s also dermatologist-recommended, reef-friendly and free of unwanted chemicals.

thinkbaby spf 50


6 oz

Key ingredients

Non-nano zinc oxide (23.4%), sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, olive oil, papaya fruit extract

2 / 10

Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 ($14)

I love how easily Pipette’s mineral SPF blends into skin (especially important when wrangling uncooperative toddlers). That’s in part to a sugarcane-derived version of squalene, called squalane, that’s included in its formula. Another Leaping Bunny–certified lotion, Pipette’s Mineral Sunscreen safely and cleanly restores skin’s natural balance and calms sun-stressed skin while protecting it from harmful UVA/UVB rays.

pipette mineral sunscreen spf 50


4 oz

Key ingredients

Non-nano zinc oxide, squalane, bisabolol

3 / 10

Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 ($36)

A full-body, broad-spectrum sunscreen the whole family enjoys wearing wasn’t always the easiest to find, until trying Supergoop’s PLAY Everyday Lotion. It never feels sticky, greasy, runny or gloppy, wears well anywhere on the body (face included) and leaves no white cast. If you love it as much as I think you will, you’ll want to invest in the family-friendly 18 oz version.

supergoop play everyday lotion spf 50


5.5 oz

Key ingredients

Avobenzone (3%), homosalate (10%), octisalate (5%), octocrylene (7.5%), sunflower extract, rosemary and rice bran extracts, natural aromatic extracts

4 / 10

Supergoop! Sunnyscreen 100% Mineral Stick SPF 50 ($24)

When my babies were at their wiggliest, an SPF stick was the way to go. This option from Supergoop! is nourishing, creamy and goes on so smooth. It’s designed for kids six months to three-years-old, but I like to use the mess-proof SPF on my face too.

supergoop sunnyscreen


0.7 oz

Key ingredients

Zinc oxide (20.6%), shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil

5 / 10

Blue Lizard Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($15)

Mineral sunscreens tend to leave behind a chalky finish on the skin, but Blue Lizard is surprisingly easy to spread and absorbs really well. The chemical-free formula protects from UVA and UVB rays with 80 minutes of sweat and water resistance. Plus, it’s fragrance-free for extra-sensitive skin types.

blue lizard sensitive spf50


5 oz

Key ingredients

Titanium dioxide (8%), zinc oxide (10%), vitamin E

6 / 10

Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Fluid SPF50 ($22.50)

The newest EWG-certified SPF my kids and I love is Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Fluid. It has a liquid texture that makes rubbing it in foolproof and fast, which all parents will appreciate on busy mornings. I especially love its off-white hue for a nearly invisible wear, and that it’s fragrance-free and formulated for sensitive skin. (Bonus: it also comes in a tinted version.)

babo botanicals daily sheer mineral sunscreen fluid


1.7 oz

Key ingredients

Zinc oxide (20.6%), organic raspberry oil, sweet white lupine, passion fruit seed oil

7 / 10

Raw Elements Face and Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($17.50)

Another great all-natural sunscreen for everyone in the family is this 100 percent non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen from Raw Elements. Not only is it made with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and extracts to protect and nourish skin after environmental exposure, but it’s reef-friendly too.



3 oz

Key ingredients

Non-nano zinc oxide (23%), sunflower seed oil, hemp seed oil, beeswax, mango butter, cocoa seed butter, green tea leaf extract, rosemary leaf oil

8 / 10

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Gentle Lotion Kids Sunscreen SPF 50 ($33)

La Roche-Posay is a constantly-used skin-care brand in our house. I love their effortlessly easy SPF because it doesn’t irritate skin, is easy to apply and feels light and comfortable while we wear it. Plus, it’s oxybenzone-free, octinoxate-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, oil-free, non-comedogenic and allergy tested.



6.7 oz

Key ingredients

Avobenzone (3%), homosalate (13%), octisalate (5%), octocrylene (10%), senna alata, glycerin, vitamin B5, niacinamide, vitamin E, thermal spring water

9 / 10

Mustela Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 ($17.50)

Mustela is another one of my go-tos since becoming a parent. The brand’s mineral SPF has a sheer texture and formula that’s 93 percent naturally-derived. It’s also recommended as an effective broad-spectrum sunscreen by the Skin Cancer Foundation, recognized by the National Eczema Association with a Seal of Acceptance and EWG certified.



3.38 oz

Key ingredients

Zinc oxide (24%)

10 / 10

Thinkkids Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($22)

Once my kids went from babies to little kids, I switched over to Thinkkids. It has the same great formula and certifications as Thinkbaby, but with an active child’s time spent in the water in mind. According to the brand, Thinkkids provides the highest water resistance per the FDA, offering kids continuous protection for up to 80 minutes in the pool or ocean. Plus, thanks to its fast-absorbing, hydrating formula, the broad-spectrum protection begins instantly.



6 oz

Key ingredients

Zinc oxide (23.4%), sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, olive oil, papaya fruit extract

5 Sunscreens I Keep for Myself

1 / 5

EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Face Sunscreen ($43)

Hands down, EltaMD’s SPF is my favorite sunscreen of all time. The niacinamide-infused formula goes on so refreshingly, never leaves a white cast and is ideal for summer months when my skin reacts to the heat and humidity with more frequent blemishes.



1.7 oz

Key ingredients

Zinc oxide (9.0%), octinoxate (7.5%), niacinamide

2 / 5

Tatcha The Silk Sunscreen SPF 50 Weightless Mineral Sunscreen ($64)

On the days I need to wear face makeup, I love this skin-smoothing tinted SPF from Tatcha. (Meghan Markle is also a fan.) Its formula is formidable in protecting against photoaging, neutralizing environmental stressors and visibly evening tone. As its name suggests, its formula contains amino-acid rich silk extract that, per the brand, provides a smoothing “veil” over the face for a “second skin” luster.



1.7 oz

Key ingredients

KLEAIR zinc oxide, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, silk extract

3 / 5

Kopari Bright As Day Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 ($38)

Another great tinted SPF comes from Kopari. When my skin is looking lackluster and uneven, it brightens complexions instantly thanks to a vitamin C–rich formula that also includes sustainably sourced, glow-inducing mica. It doesn’t get better for a bright, lit-from-within, natural-looking radiance.

kopari bright as day sheer mineral sunscreen


1.7 oz

Key ingredients

Zinc oxide (10%), vitamin C, astaxanthin, niacinamide, mica

4 / 5

Vacation Classic Lotion SPF 30 ($18)

I’m addicted to the nostalgic beach-vacation smell of Vacation’s Classic Lotion so much I won’t share it with anyone else in my family. Scent aside, it rubs in fast and soothes and protects every inch of my skin with ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil and vitamin E.


Award Photo: Classic Lotion SPF 30
Award Photo: Classic Lotion SPF 30


3.4 oz

Key ingredients

Avobenzone (2.5%), homosalate (10%), octisalate (5%), octocrylene (8%), coconut oil, aloe vera, banana extract, vitamin E, niacinamide

5 / 5

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 ($38)

Technically, I have used this on my kids’ faces before, and it worked great, but I prefer to save every drop of this velvety-smooth face SPF for myself. It’s what I grab when I want my complexion to look as baby soft as my 4-year-old daughter’s. The translucent gel is unlike any other as it glides on invisibly. Bonus: it doubles as a beautiful makeup primer.

supergoop unseen sunscreen


1.7 oz

Key ingredients

Avobenzone (3%), homosalate (8%), octisalate (5%), octocrylene (4%), red algae, frankincense, meadowfoam seed oil complex

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