sunscreen for adults and kids, recommended by momsHappy summer! No matter the weather, it’s always sunscreen season. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You should wear SPF every day. Every. Day. Even when the sun isn’t shining, UV rays are coming through and can touch your skin. 

One of my first jobs out of college was with a spa company, and I’ll never forget learning that when you are active outside, you have a better chance of getting color on your skin because there is more oxygen flowing in your blood — more oxygen can mean more melanin. (But you know your skin and genetics, so this is not true for everyone.) I think of this when I am trying to get my child to stay still for sunscreen — before school, before playing outside, when it’s time to reapply. Something about the word “sunscreen” makes him run away, but it’s a must*.

We all know sunscreen is important, but the type or brand we use is a whole other thing. The sunscreen aisle can be so overwhelming! Here are some sunscreen recommendations for adults and kids from some of our Boston Moms.

Sunscreen for kids

Babyganics Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
Black Girl Sunscreen Kids SPF 50
Sun Bum Original SPF 50 Spray
Thinkbaby SPF 50+
Tubby Todd Sunscreen

Sunscreen for adults

CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration
Neogen Day-Light Protection Airy Sunscreen SPF 50
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70 (also in a spray form)
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Essence SPF 50
Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen SPF 40
Supergoop! Glow Oil SPF 50 (they also have SPF eye shadow)

*Putting sunscreen on kids — ugh! Fortunately, there are some new tools for spreading sunscreen on your children. One of my best friends uses a Kabuki brush for sunscreen application on her toddler. I love using a face stick for my son, with another sunscreen for the rest of his body. 

Courtney Medlin
Courtney was raised a Navy brat, growing up in Washington, South Carolina, and Virginia before her family put their roots down in Florida. She studied at Loyola University New Orleans earning her degree in communications PR with a minor in English, and she earned her master's in marketing from SNHU. She moved to the Boston area in 2008, where she met and married her partner-in-crime, John. Mother of Jackson, 5, and stepmom to two 16-year-olds (boy and girl) and dog mom to Riley. Courtney is raising her family with a love of the outdoors, scary movies, and lots of laughs. Courtney works corporate communications/marketing/pr and lives on the South Shore. She has a passion for cooking and traveling. She volunteers her time as a Gold Award advisor for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and serves on the planning gala committee for South Shore Health. She loves days that start with a latte and end with champagne.