babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (2023)

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My children are fair-skinned. And by fair-skinned I mean p-a-l-e. It’s no joke, which means that any outdoor time is a serious issue around here because they will burn to a crisp in two seconds. Ok, maybe not two seconds, but you know what I mean.

Because of this unfortunate situation, I am always looking for good sunscreens that will protect my kids’ skin from the sun’s harmful rays, while protecting their beautiful porcelain skin! Extra points if it’s a product that is without harmful chemicals that I am sure leach into their skin and do who knows what kind of damage. I believe I’ve mentioned before that I have become a bit of a freak about natural alternatives to the products that we use because I really want my children to be as healthy as possible. It’s even spread over into our eating (we are eating clean), which I swore I never would buy into, but we can talk about that more later. Back to the issue at hand.

Cue babyganics. If you recall, I previously reviewed babyganics diapers on my youngest, Ms. A, and LOVED them! Specifically, I love that all of babyganics products are natural and free of harmful chemicals. Their sunscreen for children is no different: babyganics spf 50 (and all their other sun products) are mineral-based UVA + UVB protectants, water resistant, non-allergenic,and free of PABA, phthalates, paragons, fragrances, and nano-particles. MAJOR extra points for this product!

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So, long story short, I tried the spf 50 on Ms. A for a long morning at the park (to tire her out because I really wanted her to take a good nap…eh-hem). It worked perfectly! It’s consistency was great, I didn’t feel as though it left her skin feeling greasy or sticky, and its smell was pleasant! More than that, however, it worked like a charm! No burn on her sensitive skin! Since then I’ve also tried this product on my older girls for field trips or days spent outside now that it’s warmer, and have continued to see perfect results! I give this product an A+!

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Babyganics’ Mineral-Based Sunscreen lotion (50+SPF) retails for $9.99 and is available for purchase at Babies ‘R’ Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target, and online at

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About Abby

Hey, all! My name is Abby. I am thirty years old and I live near St. Louis with my amazing family: my hot husband, and my three lovely daughters K (9 years), M (7 years), and A (2 yrs). I have the privilege of staying at home with my three girls and I wouldn’t change it for the world! Some of our hobbies include, but are not limited to: coloring, taking nature walks where we pick up every. single. bug. and blow every. single. dandelion. (No really- to live the carefree life of a child!), and play dress-up. My husband and I are youth pastors at our church, and I am currently training for my first half marathon! Yikes!

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  1. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (4)Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    That’s a great price, so I would definitely give this a try!

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  2. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (5)Debbie Denny says

    That is great it doesn’t have all those chemicals. Decent price also.

  3. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (7)Jessica Beal Harlow says

    My kiddos are ghostly white too. There is not a drop of melantonin in their skin, I swear. lol So, products like babyganics sunscreen are really appreciated in my house. Thanks for the heads up!

    • babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (8)Abby says

      I swear…I keep thinking that someday- SOMEDAY- they will get some color, but nothing so far lol! I love their beautiful skin, but holy cow it makes me nervous to play out in the hot sun! I hope you like this product too!

  4. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (9)Annie {Stowed Stuff} says

    We LOVE babyganics!!! It’s the best sunscreen for baby and the whole family!

  5. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (10)Wendy says

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    I’m pretty pale, too, and I am always calling the kids in for more sunblock! I think this sounds like a great product, as I’ve been pretty concerned about the stuff they put in other sunblocks.

    • babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (11)Abby says

      Yeah…I get way paranoid about chemical content, especially with things that go on their skin, so this is great! Who wants to feel stressed, wondering if the product they are using to prevent cancer is going to cause cancer?! Yikes!

  6. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (12)Jessica says

    I remember when my kids were small and there were so few, if any, chemical-free sunscreen products on the market for young children. I am so glad to hear that items such as this one are available for parents now.

  7. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (13)Dee says

    Such cute packaging! We are in the sun all the time, so we stock up on sunscreen – this looks like a great one.

  8. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (14)Jessica says

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I feel like we try a new sunscreen every few weeks in the summer and haven’t found the perfect one yet. Sounds like this could be a very promising option! 🙂

  9. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (15)Liz Mays says

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    Little ones have such sensitive skin. Good to know that was protective and also non-irritating.

  10. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (16)Angela S says

    I buy a lot of mineral based skincare products and cosmetics. I think it’s super important for little ones.

  11. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (17)Mandy says

    I LOVE Babyganics everything. I especially love the laundry detergent.

  12. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (18)Mama to 5 BLessings says

    This sounds great, I will have to pick some up for my baby, I am so reluctant with some of the brands on the market with all the harmful chemicals.

    • babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (19)Abby says

      Me too! And so far I really love this product!

  13. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (20)Lois Alter Mark says

    I wish that had been around when my kids were little. Living in Southern California, we always put sunscreen on them but was nervous about all the chemicals. This sounds perfect.

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  14. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (21)Pam says

    I wish I had this when my kids were little! I knew they had to use sunscreen, but I didn’t like having to put so many chemicals on them. This would have been great. I will have to tell my friends with young kids about it!

  15. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (22)Maria Oller says

    I love babyganics I buy it all the time at walgreens and it’s one of my fav brands!

  16. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (23)Trisha says

    I believe this is the same sunscreen we used on my daughter when she was an infant! I think the packaging just has a new look. I swore by babyganics when my daughter was a baby!

  17. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (24)StacieinAtlanta says

    I would try this. My kids are also blessed with beyond pale skin. I have to be extra vigilant about protecting them from the sun.

    • babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (25)Abby says

      Definitely try! My girls will be slathered in it for Memorial Day outdoor fun tomorrow!

  18. babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Review (26)Lenze says

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    Great post. Glad to see there great sunscreens out there for kids (that work!).


Is SPF 30 in mineral sunscreen enough? ›

A product with SPF 15 blocks a staggering 92% of UVB rays. SPF 20 blocks about 95% and SPF 50 blocks about 98%. So, there's a 6% difference between SPF 15 and SPF 50. And, yes, SPF 30 is probably high enough.

Is Babyganics sunscreen safe for newborns? ›

Our all-mineral active ingredient formula provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and glides on smooth for easy application. And it's non-allergenic and tear-free, so it can go on your baby wherever the sun's gonna shine.

Is 100% mineral sunscreen good? ›

The two most common ingredients in mineral sunscreens, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are the only sunscreen ingredients generally recognized as safe and effective by the FDA. “[Mineral sunscreens] are much safer for people who are concerned about long-term exposure to chemical ingredients,” Ploch says.

Does Babyganics sunscreen have oxybenzone? ›

Our sunscreens are made without octinoxate and oxybenzone.

How much zinc oxide should be in baby sunscreen? ›

What percentage zinc to look for? We recommend looking on the sunscreen label for a zinc oxide concentration of 20-25% for best protection from UVA and UVB rays.

How much mineral sunscreen is enough? ›

How Much is Enough Mineral Sunscreen? According to the FDA, one fluid-ounce (enough to fill a shot glass) is enough to cover the entire body.

Should I use factor 30 or 50 on my child? ›

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that all kids — regardless of their skin tone — wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Is Babyganics mineral sunscreen safe for kids? ›

Our 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.

Can babies under 6 months wear mineral sunscreen? ›

You may be tempted to reach for the sunscreen, but The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends waiting until the baby is 6 months old before introducing sunscreen.

Is mineral sunscreen OK for babies? ›

In general, mineral sunscreens are the best pick—especially for babies and young children. Why? First, mineral sunscreens are less irritating for those with sensitive skin. But there is also some controversy around the ingredients in chemical sunscreens.

Do dermatologists recommend mineral sunscreen? ›

Both types of SPF are proven to be “safe and effective in reducing short- and long-term sun damage and skin cancer,” she said, though dermatologists typically prefer mineral sunscreen because, unlike chemical sunscreens, mineral sunscreens “are naturally broad-spectrum,” meaning they offer protection from both UVA and ...

Do you need less mineral sunscreen? ›

"A mineral sunscreen is so much better for your skin," Christenson adds. They're also safer for marine life, including fish and coral reef. "From an environmental lens, I like to remind people that chemical sunscreens aren't reef-safe and are known to be harmful to many types of marine life," adds Christenson.

Does percentage of mineral in sunscreen matter? ›

Higher-SPF mineral sunscreens need to contain higher levels of zinc oxide (which is generally not cosmetically acceptable) or additional UV-filtering chemicals. A minimum of 10 percent concentration zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide may be helpful.

What is the Babyganics sunscreen controversy? ›

The complaint alleged that while Babyganics advertised their products as “organic” and “mineral-based,” some products contain chemical ingredients. The complaint further alleges that Babyganics charged premium prices for a less than premium product.

Did Babyganics get recalled? ›

What To Do If You Bought The Recalled Babyganics Product? Submit your product and contact information at their recall site: You can also use the site to check whether your product is included in the recall. Use the “Check my product” button to enter the UPC and batch code.

Is Babyganics sunblock good? ›

Carter recommended this mineral-based Babyganics Sunscreen Lotion as a great option. It has SPF 50 protection and a mineral base containing both zinc oxide and titanium oxide. The sunscreen is water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes and is meant to be non-allergenic and tear-free, the brand says.

Is 10% zinc oxide enough? ›

An effective mineral sunscreen will contain a zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide concentration of at least 10 percent, but no higher than 25 percent.

Is too much zinc oxide bad for baby? ›

A lick or swallow of a zinc oxide or lanolin cream is not dangerous to a child; larger amounts can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, though this is unusual. Petroleum jelly is used as a moisture barrier by some parents. A child who swallows a small amount will probably be OK.

Is 40% zinc oxide too much? ›

Zinc oxide (25%-40%) pastes and ointments are safe and effective for diaper rash, but in higher concentration they are difficult to remove from the baby's skin due to their thick and adherent nature.

What is 3 finger rule for sunscreen? ›

Ideally, 1 teaspoon of sunscreen needs to be applied on your face. You can even follow Fiddy's 3 finger rule - According to Jade (Fiddy Snails), the equivalent to three fingers is the right amount of sunscreen that needs to be applied on your face to get the right protection.

What is the 2 finger rule for sunscreen? ›

With the rule of nines, the body's surface area is divided into 11 areas, each representing roughly 9% of the total (box). Sunscreen can be applied to each of these areas at a dose of 2 mg/cm2 if two strips of sunscreen are squeezed out on to both the index and middle fingers from the palmar crease to the fingertips.

Do you put mineral sunscreen over or under moisturizer? ›

However, a physical sunscreen (aka mineral sunscreen) should always be applied after your moisturizer. This is because a physical sunscreen sits on top of the skin—it never penetrates it—instead creating a barrier between your skin and UV rays, reflecting them away.

Why not to use factor 50 on kids? ›

Your child could still get sunburnt despite applying suncream of factor 50+. There is another rating that you need to consider when buying cream, and if that is low, ultraviolet light can get through and damage the skin. UVA (Ultra Violet A) protection is key to keeping out the harmful radiation.

Can kids still tan with factor 50? ›

So does SPF 50 sunscreen prevent tanning? Technically, yes. With SPF 50, 2% of UV rays are able to penetrate the skin. That's how you're still able to get a tan even with a high SPF.

Is factor 50 too much? ›

When used correctly, sunscreen with SPF values between 30 and 50 offers adequate sunburn protection, even for people most sensitive to sunburn. High SPF products may pose greater health risks. High SPF products require higher concentrations of sun-filtering chemicals than low SPF sunscreens do.

What is the difference between baby sunscreen and kid sunscreen? ›

Baby and kid sunscreens often have the same active ingredients as the adult versions, but with cuter labeling and marketing. Your kids won't be more protected with a "baby" SPF 30 sunscreen than with a "regular" SPF 30 sunscreen, if both are water-resistant and have the same active ingredients.

Is banana boat mineral sunscreen safe for kids? ›

Protect your kids with a gentle yet effective sunscreen you can trust—Banana Boat® Kids 100% Mineral Sunscreen Spray. Pediatrician tested, our 100% mineral formula won't run into eyes. This sunblock is formulated with natural mineral zinc and contains no oils or fragrances.

What should kids sunscreen not have in it? ›

Adding exposures to hormone disruptors and carcinogens in early childhood can impact their lifetime health. And there are a number of chemicals in common sunscreens that raise concerns, including oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

Why no sunscreen until 6 months? ›

Your infant's sensitive skin is vulnerable to serious burns. But sunscreen isn't the answer, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That's because infants are at greater risk than adults of sunscreen side effects, such as a rash.

Is SPF 50 safe for babies? ›

The AAP recommends parents use sunscreen with an SPF from 30 to 50 on their baby's face, top of their feet, and the back of their hands. Shop for a sunscreen labeled "broad spectrum" as it protects your child from both UVA and UVB rays.

How can I protect my 4 month old from the sun? ›

  1. Infants under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight.
  2. Avoid using sunscreen. ...
  3. Dress baby in lightweight sun—protective clothing that breathes and covers the arms and legs.
  4. Always protect your baby's head, face, ears, and neck with a wide-brimmed hat. ...
  5. Use stroller shades and umbrellas.

Why you should switch to mineral sunscreen? ›

Mineral sunscreens don't contain harsh synthetic chemicals, and because they aren't absorbed into your skin, they're safer for sensitive skin. They're less likely to cause skin irritation, unlike their chemical counterparts.

How do you remove mineral sunscreen from a baby? ›

Baby sunscreen is free of biologically harmful chemicals, and most of them can be washed off by shampoo. I always use all-in-one shampoo when my baby takes showers. If you are afraid that your body wash will enter into your kids' eyes and make them uncomfortable.

Are mineral sunscreens FDA approved? ›

FDA says mineral sunscreens are safe, chemical sunscreens need more research. The agency is working on new rules about over-the-counter sunscreens. The agency is working on new rules about over-the-counter sunscreens.

Why is mineral sunscreen so drying? ›

One of the critical ingredients in mineral sunscreen is zinc oxide, a known astringent and a significant cause of dry skin in the summer.

What is the hype with mineral sunscreen? ›

Since mineral sunscreens sit on the surface of your skin instead of being absorbed into it, they're actually much safer to use when compared to chemical sunscreens. Conversely, chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin, but that's not all they do.

What happens if you don't wash off mineral sunscreen? ›

“If you skip rinsing off sunscreen from your skin, it can lead to clogged pores and cause an increase in the production of sebum which can result in acne, blackheads and whiteheads,” says Sonal Singh, Product Development Executive at SkinKraft.

How long should you use mineral sunscreen? ›

Water resistant is not the same as water proof– While mineral sunscreen is water resistant, like any other sunscreen, it must be re-applied every 80-90 minutes especially after sweating, swimming and/or drying off with a towel.

Is mineral sunscreen better for kids? ›

What sunscreens are safe for kids? Pediatricians and dermatologists recommend using physical or mineral sunscreens (those with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) with young children and anyone with dry skin or eczema. They also caution against using spray-application sunscreen, which might be inhaled.

What to look for when buying mineral sunscreen? ›

If you want to be sure you are using a chemical-free (a.k.a. physical/mineral) sunscreen, the active ingredients should have ONLY zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide minerals listed. You will find some products that have both chemicals and minerals in them, and I consider these in the chemical category.

What are the disadvantages of zinc oxide sunscreen? ›

The main disadvantage to Zinc Sunscreens is that you generally have to use more of it to get to a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30, than you would with other sport sunscreens. This can make zinc oxide sunscreens more expensive initially, however, you don't need to reapply as often, so they can be effectively cheaper.

Did Babyganics sunscreen change? ›

Furthermore, the company said it recently stopped using one of the chemicals, octinoxate, in its sunscreen. But the brand said it made this change due to concerns about the chemical's effects on ocean reefs rather than the safety of children.

Is Babyganics a clean sunscreen? ›

Despite the name and claims about organic ingredients along with the literally green-colored packaging, most Babyganics products are actually full of synthetic and even harmful ingredients that are anything but organic.

Is Babyganics owned by Johnson and Johnson? ›

Fast-growing baby, personal and household care company.

Is Babyganics FDA approved? ›

All of our sunscreen products are formulated to meet our high ingredient standards and the standards of the FDA sunscreen Over-the-Counter Drug Monograph and we take great care to formulate all of our products so that you can use them with confidence on your little ones.

Is Babyganics made by Johnson and Johnson? ›

Johnson & Son Inc. has acquired the fast-growing baby products company Babyganics. The Westbury, N.Y. -based company sells "baby-safe" household and personal care items at retailers all over the world, including Babies "R" Us, Target and Walgreens.

What sunscreen does Kim Kardashian use? ›

One is La Mer's The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid.

What is the number 1 sunscreen? ›

Best overall sunscreen

Yadav and Harth both recommend Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch because of its lightweight, mattifying feel that won't clog your pores. In addition to a liquid version, it also comes in a stick and spray-on format, which Sapna Palep, founder of Spring Street Dermatology, prefers.

What SPF should mineral sunscreen be? ›

Make sure your mineral sunscreen pick has a broad-spectrum formula that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and has at least an SPF of 30.

What percentage of mineral sunscreen is best? ›

Higher-SPF mineral sunscreens need to contain higher levels of zinc oxide (which is generally not cosmetically acceptable) or additional UV-filtering chemicals. A minimum of 10 percent concentration zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide may be helpful.

Is SPF 30 better than 50 everyday use? ›

A sunscreen with SPF 30 will protect you from around 96.7% of UVB rays, whereas an SPF of 50 means protection from about 98% of UVB rays. Anything beyond SPF 50 makes very little difference in terms of risk of sun damage, and no sunscreens offer 100% protection from UVB rays.

Can I use SPF 30 instead of 50? ›

A sunscreen with a minimum SPF value of 30 is recommended to effectively protect the skin. Now, you must be wondering what is the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50. SPF 30 sunscreen blocks 96.7 percent of UVB rays and SPF 50 sunscreen blocks 98% of UVB rays.

Can mineral sunscreen be SPF 50? ›

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen Face Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a 100%-mineral, oil-free sunscreen with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that forms a protective barrier on your skin's surface to help reflect the sun's UVA and UVB rays without irritating sensitive skin.

How much zinc should a mineral sunscreen have? ›

How much zinc oxide should be in a mineral sunscreen? An effective mineral sunscreen will contain a zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide concentration of at least 10 percent, but no higher than 25 percent.

Is mineral sunscreen better for aging? ›

When it comes to mineral sunscreen, these are the main benefits people love: Naturally provides broad-spectrum protection (UVA + UVB) – Mineral sunscreens inherently protect against both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays, protecting both the surface level and deeper levels of your skin.

Why not always use SPF 50? ›

What's wrong with high SPF. Sunscreen products with SPF values above 50+ tend to give users a false sense of security. They not only overpromise protection but may also overexpose consumers to UVA rays and raise their risk of cancer, according to the FDA.

Is SPF 50 too much for face? ›

Experts say sunscreens with an SPF higher than 50 aren't worth buying. They only offer marginally better protection. They might also encourage you to stay out in the sun longer. Instead, choose an SPF between 15 and 50, apply liberally, and reapply often.

Is SPF 30 enough to prevent aging? ›

According to Yale Medicine, one way to prevent wrinkles and other symptoms of photoaging—when your skin prematurely ages due to increased sun exposure—is to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

Which brand sunscreen is best? ›

Best Overall: Dermafique Soleil All Matte Sunscreen Cream has every quality an effective sunscreen should. Best for Acne Prone Skin: Derma Co 1% Hyaluronic Sunscreen Aqua Ultra Light Gel is light on your skin. Best for Dark Skin: Mamaearth Ultra Light Indian Sunscreen is tested for Indian skin tones.

Do I need sunscreen if my moisturizer has SPF 30? ›

A moisturizer combined with a sunscreen is an effective and simple way to make sun protection a part of your daily skin care routine. However, all-in-one products may not provide as much sun protection as pure sunscreen. Check the label of your moisturizer to ensure it has an SPF of no less than 30.

Does anything over 30 SPF really work? ›

A sunscreen's SPF is a measure of how well it protects you from getting a sunburn. But a higher SPF number doesn't necessarily mean better protection from sun damage. In fact, choosing a sunscreen based only on a high SPF can lead you away from your sun safety goals.


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