Children’s sunscreen at Öko-Test: many creams are recommended, well-known brands fail

Sun protection is almost mandatory, especially for sensitive children’s skin. This also includes a reliable sunscreen. The magazine Öko-Test has therefore again examined children’s sunscreens. The good news: many of the approximately 20 products are recommended – but one brand stands out particularly negatively.

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: lubricate, lubricate, lubricate. Regularly, adequately and with products that truly protect.

The good news: Many sun protection products for the little ones are reliable, which the consumer advocates of Öko-Test have just found out. For their current issue, the 21 children sent sunscreens to the lab and had them tested for questionable UV filters, nanoparticles, problematic preservatives or critical odors.

Nine products (and thus about half) were “good” or even “very good” – but unfortunately not all. According to Öko-Test, problematic chemical UV filters are still a problem.

UV filters: these are the differences

Important to know: When it comes to sun protection, a distinction is made between mineral and chemical UV filters. In recent years, the conventional ones have been in focus chemical filter under criticism because it contains many questionable ingredients (such as homosalat or octrocrylene).

Both mineral filterswhich is mainly found in natural cosmetics, is currently mainly about the substance titanium dioxide discussed if reputation last suffered a lot Have. Titanium dioxide is in the sunspray has already been banned and may no longer be used in food from mid-2022 for health reasons.

In addition, titanium dioxide in sunscreens is usually in nano-form – which raises questions about the effects of nanoparticles in the human body: a debate that is also ongoing. So it’s a shame that manufacturers like Lavera and Eco Cosmetics, according to the Öko test, are not currently making it clear that they are using nano – sized titanium dioxide in their sunscreen products.

In the light of recent debates, Öko-Test has adjusted its position: While consumer advocates still spoke in their guidelines in 2021 primarily for products with mineral UV filters (such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide), Öko-Test now also recommends sun protection chemical filters – so as long as these chemical filters are really considered to be harmless to health.

Despite the ongoing discussions about the pros and cons of the various UV filters, one thing should be clear: “Each of the sunscreens is definitely better than sunburn,” according to Öko-Test.

Sunscreen for kids: these are the test winners for 2022

among certified natural cosmetic creams (also: organic sunscreens), these two “very good” products were test winners:

among conventional sunscreens was even able to convince seven products with “very good”, including:

  • Avène children’s sun spray SPF 50+available from e.g. DocMorris, butik apotek or Amazon
  • Hip baby soft sun milk ultra sensitive 50+
  • Ladival For Children Sunscreen Milk 50+available from e.g. DocMorris, butik apotek or Amazon
  • Paediprotect sun spray 50+
  • Other test winners without natural cosmetics seal were own branded products from Rossmann and dm.

Sunscreen for kids: These were the losers

Among the five products that Öko-Test explicitly advises againstwere creams that attracted attention due to questionable chemical UV filters and / or contained other critical ingredients such as paraffins, silicones, PEG (derivatives), microplastics or benzophenone, which are criticized for various reasons.

en “insufficientreceived among others:

  • Eucerin Sensitive Protect Kids Sun Spray SPF 50+ (cover image on the right)
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo-Pediatrics 50+ Lotion (Cover image in the middle)

With the worst rating “insufficient“The Rossmann cream fell Sunozon Kids sun milk 50+ (Title image on the left) through. The reason: According to the laboratory, the product – which is after all advertised as a child sunscreen – contains the substance silver chloride, which according to the cosmetics regulation may not be used in products for children under three years. Because: The drug can make the skin of babies gray. failed.

All results: You can find the complete sunscreen test for children in Öko-Test 06/2022 (available in newsagents from 19 May 2022) or directly here at

Öko-Test baby sunscreen: Buy the test results in the e-newspaper

Several sunscreen tests

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

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