Öko-Test Children’s Sunscreen: A Famous Product Fail

Sun protection is almost mandatory, especially for sensitive children’s skin. This also includes a reliable sunscreen. So Öko-Test magazine checked children’s sunscreens again. The good news: Many of the 20 or so products are recommended — but one brand stands out in a particularly negative.

When the summer sun is shining, the following applies to babies and children: as much clothing as possible, as much shade as possible, sunglasses and a hat if possible. And of course: distortion, distortion, distortion. Regularly, adequately and with products that really protect.

The good news: Many sun protection products for young children are trusted, as consumer advocates from Öko-Test have just discovered. For their current case, they sent 21 baby sunscreens to a lab and tested for questionable UV filters, nanoparticles, problematic preservatives, or critical fragrances.

Nine products (and thus nearly half) were ‘good’ or even ‘very good’ – but unfortunately not all of them. According to Öko-Test, chemical UV filters are still a problem.

UV filters: these are the differences

It is important to know: When it comes to sun protection, a distinction is made between mineral and chemical UV filters. In recent years, traditional ones have been the main focus chemical filter Under criticism because it contains many questionable ingredients (such as homosalate or octrocrylene).

Both metal filterswhich is mainly found in natural cosmetics, is currently mainly about the substance titanium dioxide Discuss, that you heard last suffered a lot she has. Titanium dioxide in the sunspray It has already been banned and will not be allowed for use in food from mid-2022 due to health concerns.

In addition, the titanium dioxide in sunscreens is usually in nano form – which raises questions about the effects of nanoparticles in the human body: an ongoing debate as well. So it’s unfortunate that manufacturers like Lavera and Eco Cosmetics, according to Öko-Test, do not currently show that they use nano-sized titanium dioxide in their sun protection products.

Against the background of more recent discussions, Öko-Test has revised its position: While consumer advocates were still in their guides in 2021, primarily for products containing mineral UV filters (such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide), Öko-Test is now also Recommends chemical filters and sunscreen – as long as these chemical filters are already considered harmless to health.

Despite the ongoing discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of different UV filters, one thing should be clear: “Every sunscreen is definitely better than a sunburn,” according to Öko-Test.

Kids’ sunscreen: These are the 2022 test winners

between the Certified natural beauty creams (Also: organic sun creams), these two “very good” products were test winners:

between the traditional sunscreens I even managed to convince seven products to be “very good,” including:

  • Avène Children’s Sun Spray SPF 50+available from eg Doc MorrisAnd Store Pharmacy or Amazon
  • Hip Baby Soft Sun Milk Ultra Sensitive +50
  • Ladival For Children Sun Protection Milk 50+available from eg Doc MorrisAnd Store Pharmacy or Amazon
  • Pediprotect SPF 50+ spray
  • Other test winners Without the seal of natural cosmetics were their own brand products from Rossmann and dm.

Baby sunscreen: These are the losers

Among the five products that Öko-Test explicitly mentioned advised againstcreams that attracted attention due to questionable chemical UV filters and/or contained other important ingredients such as paraffin, silicone, PEG (derivatives), microplastics or benzophenone, which have been criticized for various reasons.

a “InsufficientReceived, among others:

  • Eucerin Sensitive Protect Kids Sun Spray SPF 50+ (cover photo on the right)
  • La Roche Posay Anthelios Dermo Pediatrics 50+ Lotion (cover photo center)

with the worst ratingInsufficientKarim Rossmann fell Sunozon Kids Sun Milk 50+ (title image left) through. The reason: According to the lab, the product—which is advertised after all as a children’s sunscreen—contains silver chloride, which, according to the Cosmetics Act, may not be used in products for children under three. Because: The substance can turn children’s skin gray. Failed.

All results: You can find a complete children’s sunscreen test at Öko-Test 06/2022 (available on newsstands from 19 May 2022) or directly here at oekotest.de.

Öko-Test children’s sunscreen: buy test results in the e-paper

More sun protection tests

Are you looking for a sunscreen for the whole family? Of course, we also watched what Stiftung Warentest and Öko-Test recently had to say about sunscreens for the whole family. The latest tests on this are from 2021. You can find our summary of results here (click one of the boxes below):

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