Reef-Safe Eco-Friendly Sunscreens for Babies and Kids
Being a responsible parent not only means keeping your little ones safe but also keeping the places you visit safe. This even comes down to the sunscreen you use, swapping harsh chemical traditional sunscreens for natural reef-safe sunscreens! Making the change is easy, just choose a sunscreen with natural ingredients for sun protection, like zinc oxide, as well as other natural ingredients that are kind on the skin. We list some of our favourite options in this list of natural sunscreen for kids and babies, following the criteria of being reef-safe, having a high SPF and being kind to sensitive skin.
For more health and safety tips for the family, check out our Tonga Safety Tips.
And before we get started, remember to reapply sunscreen on children every two hours and as soon as they are dry after swimming. For more sun protection tips, check out The Best Sunscreens for Tonga + Sun Protection Tips.
1. Raw Elements Baby + Kids Sunscreen
Offering kids’ reef-safe sunscreen in a tin, Raw Elements has effective broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen that’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. The hypoallergenic formula is suitable for the most sensitive of skin and is designed to never sting the eyes. The packaging also makes this kids’ and babies’ sunscreen kinder to the environment with the option of a reusable/recyclable tin or a fully recyclable and compostable tube.
Check Raw Elements out on Amazon.
2. All Good Kids Sunscreen
It’s in the name! All is good with this sunscreen. Reef-safe, water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, non-greasy and coming in a normal sunscreen lotion form and a very convenient butter stick, this is one of the easiest sunscreens to use on the go. The butter stick, in particular, is super easy to keep in your go-bag and offers SPF 50+ protection. All Good also makes adult sunscreen, so make sure to check out our article on the 10 Best (& Reef-Safe) Sunscreens for Tonga for the rest of their selection.
More on the All Good Kid’s Sunscreen can be found on Amazon.
3. Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen
This titanium dioxide and zinc oxide non-chemical sunscreen is oxybenzone-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, PABA-free, petrolatum-free, SLS (sulfate)-free, dye-free and oil-free. The child-friendly version of Australian Gold’s botanical sunscreen is specially designed for younger sensitive skin. Providing SPF 30 protection, Australian Gold‘s sunscreen is also water-resistant for 80 minutes.
Read more on the Australian Gold on Amazon.
4. Beauty By Earth Sunscreen
The best asset of this sunscreen? It is non-greasy. The lesser good? It only provides SPF 25 protection. Nevertheless, it is reef-safe, biodegradable and water-resistant. Plus, it is one of the easiest to use on hyperactive kids as it sets almost instantly after application, so they can get back to being kids in no time! Keep this one in mind if “sunscreen time” is a chore with your tribe. You’ll also see this sunscreen listed in The Best Sunscreens for Tonga.
More information on Beauty By Earth sunscreen is on Amazon.
5. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen
Another one hailing from the nearby region of Australia, Blue Lizard is particularly fantastic for those with sensitive skin, including kids and babies. There’s no messing around with all of their sunscreen range coming in SPF 50+. Of course, the mineral-based sunscreen contains no oxybenzone or octinoxate, while the water-resistant yet paraben- and fragrance-free formula makes it ideal for sensitive skin. What’s more, bottles are made with “Smart Bottle Technology” meaning that they will change colour when left exposed to harmful UV rays; just in case you need an indicator of when to apply.
Check out Blue Lizard Sunscreen on Amazon!
More About Kids and Babies Sunscreens for Tonga
That’s it for the best kids and babies sunscreens for Tonga but by no means the end of our sustainability and kids’ holiday advice! Check out more tips here:
- 31 Ways to Travel More Sustainably in Tonga
- 10 Ways to Avoid Mosquito Bites in Tonga
- 20 Essential Tips for Travelling to Tonga with Children