The Environmental Working Group’s 2017 Sunscreen Guide is here just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
The group tested nearly 1,500 sunscreen products and a whopping 75% of the products tested provide inferior sun protection or contain what EWG considers to be worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone.
The good news is, it is likely you have at least one approved product in your home. There are 239 beach and sport sunscreen products that earned a green rating, including 19 products that are marketed for use on babies and children. Among the 19 topping the list of products for kids: California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30+, Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Baby SPF 30+, and Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby Sunscreen SPF 50. Read the full list here.
Even if your sunscreen makes the non-recommended list, keep in mind that dermatologist say some protection is better than no protection at all. Also keep in mind that it takes more than one application throughout the day to protect your skin. Apply at least once every two hours or after you get out of the pool or water and try to plan your outdoor time during non-peak sun hours like the morning or late afternoon. Seek shade when you can, wear sunglasses and wear UV protective clothing to ensure you stay sun safe all year long!