The EWG's Best & Worst Sunscreens for 2017
June is here, and with that, pool parties, beach trips, and summer vacations, all mean we need to pay more attention to our amount of sun exposure!
The Environmental Working Group, which monitors and rates all kinds of products, has released their ratings of sunscreens for 2017. Check out some of their Best and Worst for 2017...
Here are some of the EWG's BEST sunscreens (these all have a "Low Hazard" Rating)
Best Sunscreens for Kids and Babies
The EWG's worst sunscreens for Kids
Banana Boat Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100
Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
Coppertone Foaming Lotion Sunscreen Kids Wacky Foam, SPF 70
Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray Kids, SPF 70
Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Kids, SPF 70
Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Water Babies, SPF 70+
Coppertone Sunscreen Stick Kids, SPF 55
Coppertone Sunscreen Stick Water Babies, SPF 55
Coppertone Sunscreen Water Babies Foaming Lotion, SPF 70
CVS Health Children’s Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55
Equate Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+
Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+
Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Sticks, SPF 55
Most of these sunscreens were rated low due to the following factors:
1- They come in spray form
"The FDA has expressed doubts about their safety and effectiveness but hasn’t banned them. As long as they’re legal and consumers are unaware of the inhalation risks, the apparent convenience of spray sunscreens will keep them on the market."
2- They have sky-high SPFs
"The most worrisome thing about high-SPF products is that they give people a false sense of security and beguile them to stay in the sun too long. High-SPFs suppress the skin reddening and pain of sunburns, but they raise the risk of other kinds of skin damage. The FDA is considering barring SPF ratings above 50+."
3- They contain Oxybenzone
"It penetrates the skin, gets into the bloodstream and acts like estrogen in the body. It can trigger allergic skin reactions. Some research studies, while not conclusive, have linked higher concentrations of oxybenzone to health disorders, including endometriosis in older women and lower birth weights in newborn girls."
4- They contain Retinyl Palmitate
"On sun-exposed skin, retinyl palmitate may speed development of skin tumors and lesions, according to government studies. Why does the FDA allow this “inactive ingredient” in sunscreens intended for use in the sun? The agency has been studying the chemical for years but hasn’t made a decision."
For more information and for the EWG's Sunscreen Guide, as well as a more comprehensive list of Best Sunscreens, go to the EWG web site here.