How TOXIC is your Sunscreen?

It’s SCARY to think that the stuff we actually put on our kids to protect them is actually harming them in the long run. Did you know that sunscreens are FULL of several chemicals, harmful ones at that?

What can we do to make sure we are using non-toxic sunscreen to protect our families???

You can search this cosmetic database, where you can type in any product you put on your skin/body and it will tell you the health hazards.

The pink bottle we all have gotten for our kids or have known/know others who use it, (I’ll admit, I did use in the past when my son was a baby, until I did research) that same one is most familiar in the grocery store is very toxic.

Pink bottle sunscreen health hazards, including:

  1. Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  2. Allergies/immunotoxicity
  3. Contamination concerns
  4. Developmental/reproductive toxicity
  5. Endocrine disruption are some
    this is one among many that are high on the toxic side

    Coppertone Water Babies number one threat is RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE) which causes Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Biochemical or cellular level changes according that same website.

If you scroll down while on the cosmetic database website, to the ingredients, you can see what they are and what they do to your body. Anything you put on your skin and your child/ren’s skin seeps right into their body so be CAREFUL!

Don’t let labels that say “natural” fool you, I urge you to research the ingredients to make sure they are safe for you & your family. I would suggest using any products that have a zero rating but they are hard to come cross, so I would recommend staying below a 2 rating if possible.

We have used Jason’s Sunscreen and Badger Sunscreen and they both work great and are closer to the non-toxic side!

Also, check out this about Spring cleaning the toxins in your home and toxins to reduce in your life here, and more resources on sunscreen. Here is a great sunscreen you can make yourself in your croackpot!

What kind of sunscreen does your family use?

About Rachel

Rachel is a mother to four children and a wife to a wellness doctor. Her passions are faith, family, and health. You can find her writing about her family adventures and inspiring you to make healthier choices for your family.


  1. I use the Skin Deep Database all the time — such a great resource. EWG just published their latest sunscreen guide here:

  2. Ah, I love and hate sunscreen. We use Coppertone Sport (not the baby stuff) at my house. Except for me–I can’t find anything I can use on my sensitive skin. So I stick with a big hat, and I have a rash guard on order from Lands End so I can actually get in the pool during the day this summer!

    I’m going to see how our toxic our favorite sunscreen is now. I hope it’s better than the baby stuff above!

  3. We try to say out of the sun during the worst hours so that we don’t need to use susnscreen. It’s worked for us for years, but now we’re taking a vacation (Yay!!) and we’ll need sunscreen. Thanks for the warnings.

    Annie Kate

  4. i am looking for a new one. the last one i bought was “burt’s bees” and though it is 99.7% natural, worked well and didn’t get my son’s super sensitive skin all rashy, i HATE the feel of it on their skin and am not crazy about the smell. needing a quick fix the other day, i grabbed an (expensive) bottle of “say yes to carrots” lotion with spf and my son broke out in a horrible rash…. needless to say- still looking

  5. Like Annie Kate we’re trying to avoid the use of sunscreen these days, but we still do use it to avoid sunburns when we’ll be in the sun during the middle of the day. I’ll be trying the Burt’s Bees (thanks, Jo). The best tips I can give are to wear hats, sunglasses, and stay in the shade as much as possible during the sun’s peak hours (10-2). Thanks for hosting. ~Lisa

  6. Great tip! Cosmetics Database is such a valuable resource!

    For my daughter, I use Tru Kid Sunny Days sunscreen and it works well for us.

  7. I have been searching Skin Deep’s database too. Which sunscreen did you finally decide on?

  8. Oh I am so glad that you wrote about this! So many people have no idea what they put on them and their children is full of awful chemicals!!Great post!!

  9. Thanks Ladies! I have been having some problems with my blog and linky tools but hopefully it will all be up & running soon! Thanks for your comments! Rachel

  10. i bought aveeno “all natural” on a whim because i had 2 good coupons and thought it was ok, but when i read the back of the bottle AFTER using it saw how much stuff was really in it. I want to try California Babies Sunscreen have you heard if it works well etc?

  11. Great job! We loved your post on The Mommy Club this past week. Congrats because your post was the #5 most clicked post on my link up for mommy solutions. Stop over and see your shout out! There is a new linky and I would LOVE for you to stop in and add more mommy solutions & resources!

    Congrats! Crystal


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