Sun Safety 2012: Best Sunscreens and Those to Avoid

Sun Safety 2012: Best Sunscreens and Those to Avoid

Alisa Opar
Published: 05/30/2012
Generously apply sunscreen: about one ounce to cover all exposed skin 20 minutes before going outside. Sunscreen should have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 and provide protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.

Easy enough. More difficult is choosing a sunscreen from the gobs of products on supermarket shelves. Environmental Working Group aims to make the process easier for consumers with its 2012 sunscreen guide. For a list of what the non-profit deems to be the most effective, least harmful products—and those to avoid—scroll down. For the info on the go, download the app here.
 
A word on labels: Starting December 2012, new FDA rules will prohibit companies from putting the terms “sweatproof,” “sunblock,” and “waterproof” on sunscreen labels because there's no such thing. Products that advertise “broad spectrum protection” must pass an FDA test. The agency is also considering restricting SPF ratings to no higher than “SPF 50+.“
 
The group also evaluated cosmetics that promise to shield you from the sun:
 
-Best lip balms with SPF
-Best moisturizers with SPF
-Best makeup with SPF
 
Now on to the sunscreens!
 
Top-rated Sunscreens
(All earned a ‘1’ or a ‘2’ from EWG, which scores products on a scale of 1 to 10: 0-2 is low hazard; 3-6 is moderate hazard; 7-10 is high hazard.)
 
Adorable Baby
Clear Baby Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30+
Clear Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+
 
Alba Botanica
Natural Very Emollient Sunblock, Kids Mineral Protection, SPF 30
Natural Very Emollient Sunblock, Fragrance Free, SPF 30
 
All Terrain
TerraSport Face Stick Skin Protectant, SPF 28
KidSport Sunscreen Stick Skin Protectant, SPF 28
AquaSport Sunscreen Stick, SPF 28
KidSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
KidSport Phineas & Ferb Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
TerraSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 15
TerraSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
AquaSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 15
AquaSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
AquaSport No Slip Dry Grip Performance Sunscreen, SPF 30
 
Aubrey Organics
Natural Sun Green Tea Sunscreen, SPF 30+
Natural Sun Sports Stick Unscented Sunscreen, SPF 30+
Natural Sun Unscented Sensitive Skin/Children Sunscreen, SPF 30+
Natural Sun Active Lifestyles Tropical Scent, SPF 30+
Natural Sun Saving Face Sunscreen, SPF 15
 
Aveeno
Baby Natural Protection MineralBlock Face Stick, SPF 50+
 
BabyGanics
Cover Up Baby Sunscreen for Face & Body, Fragrance Free, SPF 50+
Cover Up Baby Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50
Cover Up Baby Sunscreen Moisturizing Lotion, SPF 50
 
babyUV/kidsUV inc.
KidsUV Natural Sunscreen, Blue, SPF 30
KidsUV Natural Sunscreen, Pink, SPF 30
 
Badger
Lightly Scented Lavender Sunscreen, SPF 30
Baby Sunscreen, Chamomile & Calendula, SPF 30+
Broad Spectrum Sport Sunscreen, SPF 35
Lightly Scented Lavender Sunscreen, SPF 30+
Sunscreen For Face & Body, SPF 30
Unscented Sunscreen All Season Face Stick, SPF 30+
Unscented Sunscreen, SPF 30+
All-Season Face Stick, SPF 35
Sport Sunscreen, SPF 35
Chamomile Baby Sunscreen, SPF 34
Sunscreen, Lavender, SPF 34
Sunscreen, Unscented, SPF 34
Sunscreen Lotion, Aloe Vera, SPF 16
All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 15
Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 16
Lightly Scented Lavender Sunscreen, SPF 15
Sunscreen, Lavender, SPF 18
 
Beyond Coastal
Kids Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+
Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+
 
Blue Lizard
Australian Sunscreen, Face, SPF 30+
 
BurnOut
Kids Physical Sunscreen, SPF 30+
Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen, SPF 30+
Clean and Clear Zinc Oxide Sunblock, SPF 32
 
Burt's Bees
Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30
 
California Baby
Everyday/Year-round Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30+
No Fragrance Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30+
Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion, No Fragrance, SPF 30+
Everyday/Year-Round Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
Summer Blend Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
Super Sensitive No Fragrance Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
 
Caribbean Solutions
Sol Kid Kare Biodegradable Sunscreen, SPF 25
 
Climb On!
Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30
 

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