Last Updated: December 29, 2022

The 8 Best Kids Sunscreens.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 10 min read

Lazy days spent at the beach, sunny afternoons under the sun at your kiddo's favorite park — no matter what fun activities you get up to during the warmest months of the year, it's important to keep you and your kids protected from the sun's rays. If you're not sure where to start, or you're looking for a sunscreen that your young one will actually want to wear, you've come to the right place.

We gathered up the best kids' sunscreens that'll not only act as a barrier between your tot's skin and the sun, but are easy for little hands to put slather on. The sun screens have been given the golden seal of approval from Grove members who've tried 'em and loved 'em. We think you'll love them, too! Don't forget to check out the FAQ at the end for answers to some commonly asked sunscreen questions.

This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Fresh Monster Kids Clear Zinc Daily Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

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Monster sunburns can seriously ruin sunny days, but don’t let UVA and UVB rays spoil the season. This Fresh Monster Kids Clear Zinc Daily Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 is a great choice for all ages in your household, from babies to kids and even mom and dad. Made without parabens, sulfates, triclosan, and fragrances, this mineral sunscreen is …

3.2 oz
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2. Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc Fragrance Free Sunscreen Lotion

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Gentle enough for babies, kids, and grownups, too, this Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc Fragrance Free Sunscreen Lotion is rated number one in safety by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This 100% non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen is hypoallergenic, reef-safe, sulfate-free, paraben-free, soy-free, and vegan — and it rubs in clear! It offers …

3 Oz
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3. Babyganics Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

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Ready for fun under the sun? This Kids by Babyganics sunscreen lotion with all-mineral actives is the perfect companion for exploring the big, bright world. Made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, it glides on smooth and provides SPF 50 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Just gently rub on and send kids off on their next adventures.
6 oz
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4. Badger Balm SPF 40 Kids Mineral Sunscreen Cream

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Keep the kiddos safe as the weather warms up with Badger Balm SPF 40 Kids Clear Sport. Specially formulated with 98% organic base ingredients and clear zinc oxide, this kids sunscreen guards against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Plus, unlike other zinc oxide products, a specialized zinc oxide powder with high transparency goes on white, but rubs in …

2.9 oz
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5. Bare Republic Funscreen Mineral Neon Sticks, 3-Pack SPF 50

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Protect with style using Bare Republic's cruelty-free, mineral active sunscreen sticks! Go wild with bold colors and unique scents derived from food-grade ingredients.

PINK: Natural Raspberry
GREEN: Natural Coconut
BLUE: Natural Blueberry

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6. Badger Balm Kids Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick SPF 35

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Gentle, nourishing SPF 35 sunscreen face stick for children of all ages. With 97% Organic ingredients and hypoallergenic, with natural zinc oxide for safe, effective broad spectrum protection and 80 minutes of water resistance. With fewer than 9 simple ingredients, this moisturizing formula is suitable for the most sensitive skin and is naturally …
0.65 oz
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7. Babyganics All Mineral Sunscreen Stick 50 SPF

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It’s a big, wide world out there and your baby wants at it. This all-mineral active ingredient formula provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and glides on smooth for easy application. It's non-allergenic and tear-free, so it can go on your baby wherever the sun’s gonna shine.
0.47 oz
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8. All Good Kids Sun Butter Stick SPF 50

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All Good Kids Sun Butter Stick SPF 50 makes it so simple to stick with your family sunscreen routine. We've all been there — squirmy kiddos trying to bypass the application process as they zoom outdoors, hit the pool, or run to the beach. We love how easy it is to apply. Just a quick swipe across the face, nose, and ears is all they need for …

2 oz
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What type of sunscreen should I use?

The best type of sunscreen to use is a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher — but there's some confusion about what exactly SPF is, so allow us to shed some light on the subject.

SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is the measurement of how much UVB exposure it takes for your skin to burn after you've applied sunscreen. SPF 15 provides you with 93% protection, SPF 30 with 97% protection, and SPF 50 provides 98% protection. That means SPF 15 allows about 7% of the sun's rays to hit your skin, SPF 30 allows 3%, and SPF 50 around 2%. It's worth mentioning that in order for sunscreen to be effective, it needs to be applied at least half an hour before sun exposure and reapplied every two hours you're in the sun.

What are UVA and UVB rays?

UVA and UVB rays are two types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can damage skin and cause sunburns, premature signs of aging, and skin cancer. UVA rays, or ultraviolet A, have longer wave lengths and penetrate your skin more deeply than UVB. UVA rays are often associated with skin aging, although they can cause skin to burn.

UVB rays, or ultraviolet B, have shorter wavelengths and generally only reach the surface layers of your skin. UVB causes skin to burn, blister, tan, and peel. If your sunscreen doesn't say "broad spectrum," it only protects against UVB rays. Always opt for a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect yourself from both UVB and UVA rays.

Do sunscreens protect against blue light?

We're officially in the era of digital aging. Blue light — the type of light that our phones and computers emit — has been shown to cause melasma and hyperpigmentation. But the good news is that there's a way to protect your mug while you scroll TikTok and play Wordle.

Applying sunscreen during your morning routine can help your skin battle the blue light. But not just any sunscreen will do — mineral sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide form a physical barrier between your skin and the screen which can prevent light from penetrating your skin in a way that chemical sunscreens can't.

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