Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion is marketed as a gentle option for babies and those with sensitive skin, but reviews are mixed as to how well it works. Skin-care expert Paula Begoun says that the formula is effective but not the best option for babies because it contains chemical sunscreen actives as opposed to physical ones. She says that titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide are better options for children and those with sensitive skin.
Aveeno has five different actives: avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene and oxybenzone. Reviewers at Drugstore.com and Amazon.com agree. Several complain of allergic reactions and stinging eyes - which is of particular concern since babies tend to rub their hands in their eyes. If you prefer a truly gentle sunscreen, Blue Lizard Sunscreen Sensitive SPF 30+ (Est. $15 for 5 oz.) is chemical-free and gets great reviews.
We turned to Beautypedia.com (Paula Begoun's online database of beauty reviews) for expert analysis of Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion. User reviews at TotalBeauty.com, Drugstore.com, Amazon.com and MakeupAlley.com provide insight into real-world use and experience.
Paula Begoun relies on published research and testing to evaluate the safety and efficacy of hundreds of sunscreens. She says Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sunblock is "worth considering" for adults but it contains too many active ingredients for a baby's sensitive, undeveloped skin. She suggests choosing a formula that contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide for babies as opposed to this one that contains chemical sunscreen actives.
Review: Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion SPF 55, for Baby by Aveeno, Paula Begoun, Jan. 17, 2012
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion is one of the highest-rated sunscreens listed at TotalBeauty.com. It receives an overall rating of 9 out of 10 stars from more than two dozen reviewers. Users say it goes on smoothly and isn't greasy.
Review: Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion with SPF 55 Reviews, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Reviewers at Drugstore.com give Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection an overall rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Several reviewers complain of allergic reactions and stinging eyes. Others, however, say it's the best formula for their child's sensitive skin.
Review: Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion SPF 55, Contributors to Drugstore.com
Reviewers at Amazon.com are critical of Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection, giving it an overall rating of just 2 out of 5 stars. Several complain of stinging eyes and allergic reactions. It's important to note that allergic reactions can occur with any skin care product, depending on the particular allergy.
Review: Aveeno Baby Sunblock Lotion, SPF-55, 4-Ounce Tube, Contributors to Amazon.com
Reviews for Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection are more favorable at MakeupAlley.com than at Drugstore.com and Amazon.com. Users give the formula an above average overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Many say that it's ideal for sensitive skin and has a nice consistency that isn't too thick or too runny. Most of the reviewers here use it on themselves but several also use it on their children.
Review: Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion SPF 55, Contributors to Amazon.com