Ideally you want a sunscreen which cancels out all UVA and UVB rays whilst also being completely free of toxic chemicals and which lasts all day and is waterproof. Unfortunately this doesn't quite exist yet but there are several brands which have managed to find a good balance.
These all avoid the known irritants and hormone disruptors; PABA, Aminobenzoic acid, Dioxybenzone, Benzophenone, Oxybenzone, Homosalate, Octyl-methoxycinnamate (octinoxate), Octocrylene, Salicylates, and Parabens.
And steer clear of Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) – often found in standard versions of sunscreens aimed at adults because of the anti-aging properties. Recent studies show that vitamin A may have photocarcinogenic properties, which means that it forms free radicals that damage our DNA when exposed to sunlight.
We have rounded up the 5 best creams available.....
Thinkbaby - available on Amazon only in UK
Provides healthy, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection. No PABA, Parabens, Benzoate, phthalates, BPA, Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Petroleum, UV Chemical absorbers or toxic chemicals.
This is the first sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care requirements and it is the top rated on EWG's Skin Deep analysis.
Made with olive oil, sunflower oil, aloe vera, rosemary and avocado oil, this cream has 84.6% certified organic ingredients. And it comes in a recyclable sugar cane packaging tube.
Child's Farm - SPF 50
Childs Farm Sun Cream offers very high protection, and a high level of water-resistant.
However it is important that you do re-apply after water exposure and remember to pat not rub skin dry. Water resistance does not mean waterproof.
Badger Baby- available on Big Green Smile
Using mineral zinc oxide as the only active ingredient, this SPF 30 natural sun cream for babies features a certified organic base of sunflower oil, beeswax and vitamin E with chamomile and calendula that is ultra-moisturising and kind to delicate skin.
Ultrasun Baby Mineral Sunscreen SPF50 from Holland and Barrett
A light mineral formula that offers heavy duty sun protection with a very high UVA filter of over 95%. Containing the innovative ingredient Infraguard which combines organic sunflower shoots and powerful anti oxidants from the Tara tree this efficiently protects the skin against the harmful effects of Infrared A. Moreover Infraguard significantly protects essential skin cells from high energy visible (HEV) light, also known as blue light (emitted from electronic devices). With the added benefit of Lipex, a powerful antioxidant to boost the protection of babies delicate skin.