The Best (and Worst) Sunscreen Quick Reference

Here at The Skin Science we are eagerly awaiting for our friends at The Environmental Working Group or EWG to release their 2017 Sunscreen Guide.  The annual report usually comes out in May but we wanted to reiterate the stats from last year because most of us are already purchasing protection with the warming weather.

The data used by EWG is the most in depth, concise and factual information released not only for sunscreens but for just about everything else we consume.  Most of you who have been with us for a long time know we are staunch supporters of this non-profit group that works tirelessly to ensure that we are safe from toxins in our foods, cosmetics, baby care etc.  For an intricate breakdown of the criteria EWG uses in there sunscreen research please visit their site here.  It is quite extensive and their data collection is extremely impressive.

Let's jump right into the WORST sunscreens for kids.  EWG reported that  "These 13 kids’ and baby sunscreens have at least three strikes against them: oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate and SPFs above 50+. Four have an additional strike: they’re aerosol sprays that can expose sensitive young lungs to potentially hazardous chemicals. Convenient? Yes. Good for kids? Absolutely not."  

What are the best sunscreens and the worst  Anyone remember this billboard? 

2016 products to AVOID 

(click on any product for the actual scoring data and report details)

Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray, Kids, SPF 70
Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Kids, SPF 70+
Coppertone Foaming Lotion Sunscreen Kids Wacky Foam, SPF 70+
Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70+
CVS Baby Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55
CVS Kids Wet & Dry Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+
Equate Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen For Kids, SPF 70
Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+
Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 70+
Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55

The list of the BEST sunscreens for kids can be found here and they can be purchased at various retail stores as well as online.

We hope this helps those who are planning to be away for spring break and we will be posting the 2017 guide as soon as we receive it in May.  We still cannot believe how duped we were a couple of years ago by Nutrogena- if you don't remember read about it here.  They topped the worst list with several products they tricked us into thinking were somewhat natural and then filled them with the worst chemicals possible.  Well you know the old saying, "fool me once shame on you and fool my twice I never purchase anything from you again" 


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