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Posted on 07-27-2018

We are mid-summer and though it’s feeling unusually cool around Southwest Michigan this week, I’m betting a lot of us will still be outside enjoying the water and catching some rays this weekend. Before you lather yourself up with sunscreen. Check out this list of EWG’s best and worst sunscreens of 2018.

Remember, there really is no perfect sunscreen out there. Mineral sunscreens seem to be better at blocking the harmful UVA rays and don’t disrupt hormone levels as much as chemical sunscreens. We do need some sun for healthy vitamin D levels but after about 30 minutes in direct light be sure you find some shade or make it with an umbrella or pop up tent, wear a hat and sunglasses, avoid the most intense sun during the day, and check out the daily UV index to see if it’s safe to be outside or not.

The Best Sunscreens of 2018, Beach & Sport

All Good Sunstick, Unscented, SPF 30

Aromatica Calendula Non-Nano UV Protection, SPF 30

Attitude 100% Mineral Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Lotion Sunscreen, Sensitive Skin, SPF 50

Badger Sunscreen Cream, Unscented, SPF 30

Goddess Garden Organics Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

Just Skin Food Natural & Organic Sunscreen, SPF 30

Kabana Organic Skincare Green Screen Sunscreen, Neutral, SPF 31

Poofy Organics The Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30

Sunology Mineral Sunscreen, Body, SPF 50

Sunology Natural Sunscreen, Face, SPF 50

Thinksport Sunscreen, SPF 50+

Waxhead Sun Defense Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30

Zeb’s Organics Sunscreen, SPF 20 & 30

The Best Sunscreens of 2018, Kid-Friendly

Adorable Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+

All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 30

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Lotion Sunscreen, Sensitive Skin, SPF 50

Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, Tangerine & Vanilla, SPF 30

Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, Baby, SPF 50

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Baby, SPF 30+

BurnOut Kids Sunscreen, SPF 35

California Baby Calendula Sunscreen, SPF 30+

COOLA Suncare Baby Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50

Equate Baby Zinc Sunscreen Mineral Lotion, SPF 50

Goddess Garden Organics Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

Hawaiian Sol Sol Kid Kare, SPF 50

Kiss My Face Organics Kids Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30

MDSolarSciences KidCreme Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 40

Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50

Nurture My Body Baby Organic Sunscreen, SPF 32

Sunology Mineral Sunscreen, Kids, SPF 50

thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 50+

thinksport Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+

Tom’s of Maine Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

TruBaby Water & Play Sunscreen, SPF 30+

TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30

Waxhead Sun Defense Baby Zinc Oxide Sunscreen, SPF 35  

Most Toxic Sunscreens to Avoid

Children are more susceptible to certain toxic chemicals during development and because blistering sunburns early in life can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer down the line.  That’s why it’s even more vital for children and babies to avoid the most toxics sunscreens. While other brands received low scores, too, here are some of the children and baby sunscreen products with the worst ratings. Note: It’s not a complete list.

Worst Sunscreens for Kids

Banana Boat Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100

Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100

Coppertone Water Babies Foaming Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 70

Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Continuous AccuSpray, SPF 70

Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Continuous Spray, SPF 50

Coppertone Wet’n Clear Kids Sunscreen Continuous Spray, SPF 50+

Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55

CVS Health Kids Clear Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50 & 70

Equate Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70

Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+

Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Stick Sunscreen, SPF 70+

Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+

Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55

Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50

And here are some of the other worst overall offenders scoring in the Red Zone (7-10) for major safety concerns:

Panama Jack Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 85

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen, SPF 60+

CVS Health Sun Lotion, SPF 60

Up & Up Sport Sunscreen Spray, SPF 15, 30 & 50

Panama Jack Sunscreen Continuous Spray, SPF 15, 30 & 70

NO-AD Sun Care Sport Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 50

Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50 & 85+

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Spray, SPF 30

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 70, 85+ & 100+

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 70, 85+ & 100+

*The full list and more information about the dangers of chemical sunscreen use can all be found on https://www.ewg.org/ or https://draxe.com/best-sunscreens/

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