Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunscreen Kids Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is an excellent option for children and anyone with sensitive skin because it doesn't contain any harsh or irritating ingredients. The formula relies on mineral UV blockers to provide sun protection, which can be very thick and difficult to rub in. If you prefer an easy-to-apply formula, Neutrogena Ultra Dry Sheer-Touch (Est. $11 for 3 oz.) gets excellent reviews.
Loaded with good-for-skin ingredients. Very Emollient Kids SPF 30 relies on 14.5 percent titanium dioxide to provide reliable broad-spectrum protection. Beauty expert Paula Begoun says it's a gentle formula and praises it for including lots of good-for-skin ingredients. It's loaded with shea butter and antioxidants from plant sources, which help to further defend against sun damage, according to Begoun. She says the formula is a "a winning combination for anyone with dry, sensitive skin, including those struggling with rosacea." Users at Amazon.com agree. Most praise the sunscreen for containing natural, chemical-free ingredients.
Thick but moisturizing. Alba Botanica Kids Mineral Sunscreen Protection is a thick but very emollient formula, according to Begoun, making it an excellent option for those with dry skin. Users at Amazon.com agree that the formula is moisturizing but some say it's a bit greasy and it takes a while to rub it in. The sunscreen is fragrance free.
Paula Begoun tests dozens of sunscreens and rates them based on the safety and efficacy of their ingredients. She gives Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Kids Mineral Protection her highest rating because it's loaded with antioxidants that help skin defend itself against the sun. Plus it's a great pick for those with sensitive or dry skin.
Review: Very Emollient Sunblock Mineral Protection, Kids SPF 30, Paula Begoun, April 15 , 2013
The Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is run by consumer watchdog Environmental Working Group. They provide ratings on sunscreens according to the safety of their ingredients and sun protection. Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Kids is given a low hazard rating and is one of the few recommended brands. Editors don't say much about its benefits, however.
Review: Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Kids Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, Editors of Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, April 2013
Alba Botanica Very Emollient Kids sunscreen is only reviewed a handful of times at Amazon.com, but most users are impressed with its lineup of natural, skin-friendly ingredients. Most find it is very effective, but several find the formula is thick and takes a while to rub in.
Review: Alba Botanica Sunblock, Mineral Protection, Kids SPF 30. 4-Ounce Tube, (Pack of 2), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
Editors discuss the findings of the Environmental Working Group's latest analysis of sunscreens. This article lists several sunscreens to avoid and others that are good bets. Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient is recommended but editors don't say what makes it a good option or why it is better than other sunscreens.
Review: Choosing the Best Sunscreens - and Avoiding the Worst, Sarah B . Weir, May 15, 2012