EWG Sunscreen Guide 2012: Best for Baby and a Giveaway!

Skin cancer awareness is very important to me. Firstly, I was a cancer registrar for almost 2 years and saw the devastating effects of melanoma, especially in Utah. Utah has the highest incidence of skin cancers because people here are outdoors all year long, and a LOT of these people don't use sunscreen. Secondly, I was a lifeguard for four summers with sunburns + skin tan enough that my olive-skinned self (who was often mistaken for another race) thought I didn't need sunscreen by August. Thirdly, I used to tan in high school and college (SO BAD FOR YOU!!!!! So, so, so bad. STOP NOW!) and as a result, am in constant fear that melanoma will make it's appearance within the next 15 years. Tanning beds make me sick to my stomach. I wish they were illegal, especially for the young & impressionable under 18 years old.

I am so glad the EWG comes out with this sunscreen guide every year. I care a lot more what I slather onto Isla's body rather than what I put on my own-- of course, I just spend ten minutes looking up what chemicals are in the make-up I own, and now am completely horrified. I don't know if I should throw out all my toxic make-up (Laura Mercier... no!!!) or just keep using it until it's out and THEN buy the least toxic make-up possible, and possibly prolong my life by 5-10 years? Anyway, when using sunscreen, it's best to use the least toxic sunscreens available, especially for your kids.

This is a great guide and easy to read, but I thought I'd break it down for you and give you the best and cheapest ways to protect your baby (or yourself!) this summer.

The BEST ways are with clothing-- shirts and hats! (Shirts and hats! Use shirts & hats!) Isla has a hat that blocks UV rays that she ALWAYS wears outside (number 5 below). I've been looking into rash guards for her too (see numbers 2 & 3). Here are some examples of cute UV-blocking swimsuits & hats for your little babes, all under $30:

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Top Sunscreens from the EWG Summer 2012 Sunscreen Guide

"Our top-rated sunscreens contain the minerals zinc or titanium. They are the right choices for people who want the best UVA protection without any chemical considered to be a potential hormone disruptor. None of the products contain oxybenzone or vitamin A, and none are sprayed or powdered."- EWG 2012 Guide

I picked the cheapest and/or best-rated on Amazon:

1. Adorable Baby SPF 30+ Sunscreen Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, $21.99 for 4.3 oz: 4.8/5 stars on Amazon
2. Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Mineralblock Face stick 50+ SPF, $7.99 for 0.5 oz stick: 3.5/5 stars on Amazon
3. Babyganics Cover Up Baby Sunscreen for Face & Body SPF 50+ Fragrance Free, $12.99 for 6 oz: 3.5/5 stars on Amazon
4. Burt's Bees Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick SPF 30, $9.00 for 0.7 oz stick: No reviews on Amazon yet
5. Coppertone Sensitive Skin Faces Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50, $7.24 for 2 oz: 4.0/5 stars on Amazon
6. Coppertone Kids Pure & Simple Sunscreen SPF 50, $10.50 for 8 oz: 3.6/5 stars on Amazon
7. California Baby Sunblock Stick SPF 30, $14.76 for 0.5 oz: 4.0/5 stars on Amazon
8. Thinkbaby Sunscreen SPF 50+, $22.99 for 3 oz.: 4.5/5 stars on Amazon
9. Jason Natural Mineral based Natural Sunblock SPF 30, $9.78 for 4 oz: 4.7/5 stars on Amazon
10. Loving Natural's Zinc Oxide Sunscreen SPF 30, $21.99 for 5 oz: 3.4/5 stars on Amazon
11. Nature's Gate Aqua Block Sunscreen, Water resistant & fragrance free SPF 50, $8.92 for 4 oz: 4.3/ 5 stars on Amazon
12. Solbar Shield SPF 50, $12.53 for 4.4 oz: 4.3/5 stars on Amazon

Protecting your little one's skin and yourself from the sun is so important! Important enough, in fact, that I'm going to do this:

Winner #1 will receive Coppertone's Sensitive Skin Faces Sunscreen Lotion + Target's Circo Infant or Toddler Sun & Swim hat in Navy. Winner #2 will receive Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Mineralblock face stick.

Contest Rules:
1. Leave a comment with your name and blog address
2. Tell me why sun protection is important to you!

The winners will be selected by the random.org number generator.

Contest ends: Sunday June 10, 2012 at 12 a.m. PST. Winners will be notified via this blog post update & email on Monday.


The winners are:
1. Comment #2, Maryellen from The Hess Household
2. Comment #10, Kim from The Perry Family

Thank you all so much for entering! Have fun this summer and remember to protect your skin!!


  1. Amber Norby evanandamber.blogspot.com

    Skin care is huge in our house now that Evan did a few dermatology rotations in medical school. Autumn doesn't go outside without her UVA hat that makes her look like farmer.

  2. Maryellen Hess brandonandmaryellen.blogspot.com

    I used to LOVE to be tan, but now that I'm older I am terrified of getting skin cancer and having tons of wrinkles when I'm older. I always wear sunscreen when we go swimming, but I am not so good about it for just everyday use. Do you recommend a face cream/lotion with SPF in it?

  3. plus..the sunscreen is great moisturizer!

  4. Ashleigh thecramersyay.blogspot.com

    My little baby and I both have fair skin and red hair. We don't go out to the pool until it's in the shade. Every time we are outside I put her little hat on her. It's so cute. I want to keep her skin as baby soft for as long as possible. I've always lived in the shade and now she will too!

  5. This post is wonderful! I love the cute little outfits and I especially love your notes about the different sunscreens. Sunscreen is critical for summer! :)

  6. good info! Sunscreen awareness is important to me because my grandpa has had skin cancer.

  7. Last Spring, I went to my dermatologist with a dry patch on my cheek that I could not get to go away (I've always had oily skin). It was solar keratosis. I was 34. I tanned year round in the tanning bed for over 10 years. I also had two moles that were taken off because they thought they were melanoma. They weren't.
    I have a 4 year old and he has my super pale Irish skin. He has never had a sunburn and hopefully never will with sunscreen. ;0
    I am a new follower from the MWU Blog Hop.

  8. I was just talking to my husband about how I don't want to tan this summer. So many people I know and know of are getting cancer and it's just plain stupid if I keep tanning every year especially cause I'm pale skinned and tend to burn pretty easily. On another note, thanks for coming to my blog and leading me here. REally enjoyed looking through your posts. Have a great weekend! x

  9. Super cute blog. Found you in Melomamma hop. Love for you to link up some favorite products. You have alot of great reviews on here! Hop is happening right now at Naptime Review.


    Please follow back when you can ;)

  10. Found your blog through Ashleigh...I am also scared of the sun and the damage that it can do due to family members having run-ins with melanoma. Would love to win!! strobeliteblog.blogspot.com

  11. Thanks for linking up! I'd love to enter - Liz
    Sun protection is important to me because I have two fair-haired kids who I can't keep out of the sun. Sunscreen is my saving grace!


  12. Aaaaw, darn! I think I missed the contest but I am so happy that I visited your blog today. Great post with lots of useful information. :o)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. I am your newest follower now.

    Enjoy your weekend!
    K @Storytime Fun

  13. Hi! Too bad I missed your contest. Thanks for your visit and linking up to the Hop. I'm a new follower.

    Have a great evening!

  14. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

  15. I just saw that I won and I can't believe it! I was just looking for a hat for Kate. I'm glad I didn't buy one. Thanks so much!

  16. Amy lilhottemomma@yahoo.com no blog


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