I thought I was being nice to my children by putting sunscreen on them whenever I bring them in the sun.  I followed the directions and slathered it on them till they were all greased up and shiny! I find out the other day that I am messing up again!   Not only do I have to protect them from the sun, I also now have to protect them from chemicals in sunscreen!  Holy pressure batman!

I found a sunscreen I loved to put on my kids, Banana Boat Sport Sunblock Lotion, SPF 50. No Tearing, Hypoallergenic, Waterproof.  It does not burn if it gets in my kids eyes and I feel comfortable putting it on their faces.  Well come to find out that it has horrible chemicals that cause hormone problems.  So here are the chemicals I have been putting on my kids and what is dangerous about them.

According to cosmeticdatabase.com I have been using something that is 7 out of 10 for being horrible and includes the following dangerous chemicals:

These ingredients are linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, persistence and bioacculmation, organ system toxicity (non-reprodutive).  It can cause irritation, on the skin and in the eyes or lungs. The product also has enhanced skin absorption and contamination concerns.

So I thought I was doing the right thing, I was using a sunscreen that did not specifically list the chemicals that I was supposed to watch out for: Oxybenzone and benzopheone-3.

Sunscreens that I am supposed to look for have zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and higher spf than 30.   When I find something that I like as well as my Banana Boat Kids I will share. I am going to start with California Baby.


Here’s a List of 10 Top  Sunscreens for Your Kids

  1. Blue Lizard Australian SPF 30+ Sport Suncream
  2. California Baby SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion
  3. CVS- Zinc Oxide
  4. Jason Natural Cosmetics – Earth’s Best Sun Blck Chemical Free
  5. Kiss My Face Paraben Free Series
  6. Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock
  7. Olay Defense Daily UV Moisterizer with Zinc
  8. SkinCeuticals Physical UV Defense SPF30
  9. Solar Sense Clear Zinc SPF 45 for Face and Body
  10. Walgreens Zinc Oxide for Face, Nose and Ears