Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Good Sunscreens 2016-EWG

There are so many brands of sunscreen how do you know if the brand you are buying is safe and effective? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released it's 10th Annual Sunscreen Guide to help you out with your sunscreen choice. This is a guide to help us find effective safe sunscreens. There is a lot of great sunscreen and sun safety information in their guide. It's worth a look.

The EWG is very picky about sunscreen, which is good for all of us. The EWG really doesn't like spray sunscreens because they are not as effective as creamy formulas, high SPF sunscreens because they are misleading plus they can cause skin irritation and sunscreens containing oxybenzone (a hormone disrupting chemical) and retinyl palmitate (a chemical that may damage sun exposed skin).

Products are rated from 1 to 10. 1 being the best score and 10 being the worst. My past favorites have not scored that great with them. Apparently, they contain oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate which are no good. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 scores a 4. Ocean Potion Protect and Nourish SPF 30 also scores a 4. It could be worse. They could have scored a 10!

I like to use an SPF of 30. I feel a 30 offers good protection without skin irritation. All sunscreens must be reapplied throughout the day spending time in the sun to provide continuous protection. There are lots of other things you can do to help protect your skin while you are soaking up the sun, too.

I must explore some of the new sunscreen brands such as All Good, Kabana and Goddess Garden. I happened to see Goddess Garden recently at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It looks very good to me. I think it will be good for my daughter who has eczema.
goddess garden sunscreen

I like that there are so many natural and mineral based sunscreens available now. I struggled to find them when my kids were little.

Speaking of kids, many baby and kid sunscreens scored well with the EWG. They are the natural and organic brands. The big name that we all know, Coppertone, did not score well at all. Click here to see the worst kids sunscreens.

I put together a list of a few of the brands that did scored well and looked interesting to me.  Go to the EWG site for the specific name of each sunscreen product, the score and product details. There is a search box on the EWG site where you can type your sunscreen brand in and see how it rated. These sunscreens I listed are brands that are cruelty free. There are lots more on the EWG site. I attached a link to each brand name listed below to their website so you can read more about their products.

Alba Botanica (Their site is down) Visit them on facebook. Their sunscreens scored 2s.

All Good These suncreens all scored a 1. This brand is available on their site and at Whole Foods.

AllTerrain  These sunscreens scored a 1. They are available online and at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Babo Botanicals These sunscreen scored a 1. The brand is available on their site and at specialty stores such as health food stores. Check the store locator on their site.

Badger These sunscreens scored a 1. Available online and at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Blue Lizzard These Australian sunscreens scored 1s and 2s. Available online and at various pharmacies. Check their store locator. 

Caribbean Solutions These are biodegradable sunscreens that won't harm our natural living reef system. They scores a 1. Available on their online store.
Goddess Garden These organic sunscreens scored a 1. Find Goddess Garden at CVS, specialty stores (I saw it at my Bed, Bath and Beyond) and on their site.

Kabana Organic Skincare These organic sunscreens scores a 1. The products are available on their site.

JuiceBeauty Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 scored a 1. Available online and at Ulta, various maternity stores & more stores. Check their store locator. 

Deter Outdoor Skin Protection makes Deter Mineral Reef Safe Sunscreen SPF 30 which is an environmentally friendly broad spectrum sunscreen that is fortified with natural anti oxidants. It is not on the 2016 EWG but maybe we'll see it  in next year's list. Visit their site for purchase and a store locator list. 

Again, here is the link to see how your favorite sunscreen scored. 2016 EWG Guide to Sunscreens

Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!

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