Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen SPF 50+

When it comes to the tender skin of babies and small children, no parent wants to take chances. Young kids have thinner skin that is more susceptible to burning, and research suggests that just a few bad sunburns early in life may nearly double the risk of developing skin cancer. Add to this questions about the safety of ingredients in some chemical sunscreens, and choosing sun protection for little ones can become a stressful event.

Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen SPF 50+ (starting at $12.99 for 8 ounces, or $1.62 an ounce, Amazon) missed our list of recommendations based on expert reviews that rate it only fair when it comes to SPF protection. But hundreds of user reviews are overwhelmingly positive. On Amazon, where the brand earns an average of more than 4 stars from more than 500 ratings, reviewers say the key is to slather it on and reapply often. Some comment on the ghost-like pallor it lends to skin, but say it's worth the cosmetic inconvenience.

This lotion contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as active ingredients. Both of these mineral components are physical barriers to sunburn, which pediatricians recommend applying to sensitive areas such as the nose, ears, cheeks, and shoulders. Mineral sunscreen proponents should note that the product contains no oxybenzone but is not totally chemical-free. Octisalate, a chemical UV absorber, is included on the list of active ingredients.

Another word of caution: We found more than one complaint on and Amazon that Babyganics sunscreen lotion separates in the tube, especially when exposed to heat for long periods of time. Users should shake the sunscreen before applying and avoid leaving it in a hot car or direct sunlight. Consumer product experts also suggest that the brand's SPF protection level may drop to 25 after exposure to water.

Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen is pricier than many chemical sunscreens but a relatively affordable and highly rated option for consumers who want a "natural" product.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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