My kids are lucky enough to have inherited an allergy to chemical sunscreens. We develop itchy bumps on sensitive areas of skin, like our inner arms, face, and behind the knees. Of course, I would prefer not to use chemicals on my skin or theirs anyway. However, I’d love to have the convenience of sheer and spray sunscreens, that commonly have a combination of the chemicals, oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. I have found that we don’t experience any reaction from sunscreens with purely mineral ingredients (i.e., zinc oxide and titanium dioxide). So, for the past few years I have searched and tried dozens of sunscreens and found a favorite, Blue Lizard Baby Sunscreen. See below for my 3 pros and 3 cons.
- Chemical Free
- Relatively sheer and easy to apply
- Bottle changes color in UV light
- More expensive than big brand chemical sunscreens
- Thick formula (although relatively more sheer than other mineral sunscreens I’ve tried)
- Not available in spray (although this is true for all mineral sunscreens)