10 Best Family Sunscreens— Kid & Planet Friendly

by Steph Osmanski
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Best Sunscreen 2020

Now that it’s finally warmer than 30 freakin’ degrees, it’s time to break out the sunscreen to make sure your glowing skin is protected from the sun’s harmful rays. But spoiler alert: Did you know traditional sunscreen might just do more harm than good? Yup — it could be f*cking with your hormones and with the planet.

Sunscreen may keep our skin safe from sunburns and the potential to develop skin cancer, but many of the ingredients are toxic, like fragrance and other dangerous chemicals such as hormone disruptors, retinoids, and sprays.

According to, spray sunscreens may be inhaled into your lungs. Retinoids – like retinyl palmitate, for example – are supposed to be good for reversing sun damage, but actually turn carcinogenic as they break down in the sun.

Hormone disruptors like avobenzone, ecamsule, octinoxate, and oxybenzone are also toxic sunscreen ingredients to look out for. According to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, these hormone disruptors are absorbed through the skin when you apply sunscreen, and make their way into your bloodstream. There, they can cause issues with men’s sperm (yikes!) and fluctuating estrogen levels in women (double yikes!).

And don’t get us started on how harmful traditional sunscreens can be for the planet. When you wear harmful sunscreen in the ocean, it actually slides off your skin and makes its way into marine environments where it can harm coral reefs, green algae, dolphins, fish, mussels, and sea urchins, the National Ocean Service reports.

So, Moms, if you want to make responsible sunscreen decisions that a) are good for the planet and b) good for you and your family’s skin, keep reading for our picks of the safest and most natural sunscreens. And put on your rash guard.

Disclaimer: If you’re pregnant or nursing, before to check with your doctor before trying any new sunscreen.

Now that your skin is protected, make sure to check out other beauty must-haves!


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