5 of the best eco-friendly, sustainable sun creams for your kids

All sun creams are not created equal. Here’s our guide to the best eco-friendly sun creams out there for this year’s summer fun.

Here at Y’earn, we applaud parents who choose to offer a sustainable, eco-friendly life to their children. It’s not easy. From toys to clothes to food, there are so many areas to think about. And now, as it turns out, choosing sun cream for your child is another task you need to do consciously. But don’t worry, that’s what we are here for!

Sun protection has come a long way since the days of applying cooking oil on the beach. All of us know that sun cream is a non-negotiable, and it only takes one bad sunburn to turn us into committed wearers of Factor 50. 

However, some of the ingredients in sun creams protect us, but harm our oceans. Oxybenzone (BP-3), Butylparaben, Octinoxate and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor can all do serious damage to coral reefs, often bleaching them white. The corals are still living but fall into a state of distress and become susceptible to illness or death. Because millions of species depend on coral reefs for their survival, the impact of coral bleaching goes far beyond damaged coral. Unfortunately, these ingredients are found in many sun protection products.

We know how important it is for the readers of this blog to opt for sustainable choices when they can, so we are here to help. Here is our round-up of five of the best eco-friendly sun creams, all of which are reef-friendly.

We love Green People, who are committed to including 99% natural and organic ingredients in their products. This sun cream offers high UVA and UVB protection and absorbs quickly – perfect for when your kids want to run straight into the sea! Extra bonus points for the carbon neutral packaging too. 

£21 for 150ml

Lovea Organic Kids Sun Screen Spray, SPF50

Containing no parabens or sulfates, Lovea’s spray is as eco-friendly as they come. The organic cream was also formulated for sensitive skin, which we love. There are absolutely no chemicals contained within which can damage coral reefs, meaning you and your family can enjoy the ocean guilt-free.

£19.99 for 100ml

Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion, SPF30

Everything about American brand Sun Bum screams surfer. We trust surfers with our sun protection because guess what? They spend all day at the beach! This sun cream is gluten free and vegan and also contains Vitamin E to prevent premature ageing. Hey, your kids might not be worried about that just yet, but we are here for the adults too. 

£15.59 for 177ml

Lancaster Sun Sensitive Face and Body Sun Protection Cream For Kids, SPF50

We are big fans of this Lancaster sun cream which does everything we expect a reef-friendly, naturally-derived and eco-friendly sun cream to do. Most exciting of all, this cream has an anti-sand feature so that you can apply it to your little ones without worrying about taking half the beach home.  Love the beach? Hate a sandy car? Us too. 

£24 for 150ml

Alba Botanica Suncare Kids Clear Spray, SPF50

The light scent of tropical fruit really completes this sun spray which is designed to be sprayed at any angle. This makes it perfect for kids who are busily running from sandcastle to sea. We love the fact that it comes out clear too – much less messy! Of course, it’s free of nasty chemicals and also vegan. 

£11.99 for 177ml

little girl applying eco-friendly sun cream at the beach

Now that we’ve got the suncream covered, here is some inspiration for fun filled eco-friendly days out or perhaps you’re looking to plan an eco-friendly holiday?

If you’re looking to make more sustainable swaps in your life, why not consider joining us here at Y’earn? We are a community of eco-friendly parents who want to give our children the best, without contributing even more waste for landfill. As a Y’earn member, you can rent everything your child needs, and keep it for as long as you want. Find out more about how it works here

In the meantime, if you’re planning on travelling with a baby or toddler, be sure to check out our top tips. Enjoy the summer sunshine and don’t forget your eco-friendly sun cream! We’ll see you at the beach. 

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