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May 22, 2019

EWG’s 2019 Guide to Sunscreens & Best Sunscreens for Kids

By Tampa Bay Parenting

The Environmental Working Group released its 13th annual Guide to Sunscreens and the findings are not much better than last year. The EWG tested more than 1,000 sunscreen products and found that nearly two-thirds of them either do not offer adequete protection or contain ingredients they say could be harmful to your health.

The primary ingredient raising red flags is oxybenzone which the EWG says is a hormone disruptor.

David Andrews, a senior scientist at EWG also warned consumers to be wary of SPF values over 50.

“SPF values of 75, 80, or 100 lull Americans into thinking their skin is fully protected from the sun’s harmful rays for extended periods of time,” said Andrews. “People tend to misuse these high SPF products, spending more time in the sun without reapplying, putting them and their families at greater risk of UV damage.”

The 2019 report includes listings of the best sunscreens for kids, best beach and sport sunscreens, and best moisturizers with SPF.

Read the full report here.

It’s not just sunscreen you need to use daily to protect yourself and your family. Protective clothing, hats and sunglasses are equally as important. Shade isn’t just a good way to cool off, it’s a great way to stay protected from the sun’s rays as well, so consider purchasing a beach tent or canopy for your family trips to the beach.

Related: Our Favorite Family-Friendly Beaches in Tampa Bay

The EWG shares these 5 tips on how to choose the right protection for your kids and keep them sun safe:

  1. Avoid products with oxybenzone. This chemical penetrates the skin, gets into the bloodstream and block the male sex hormone androgen.
  2. Stay away from sunscreens with SPF values higher than 50+. High SPF values do not provide increased UVA protection and may fool you into thinking you’re safe from sun damage.
  3. Avoid sprays. These popular products don’t provide a thick and uniform coating on skin. They also pose inhalation concerns.
  4. Cover up with clothing, hats and sunglasses.
  5. Avoid intense sun exposure during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here are the best scoring sunscreens for kids according to EWG’s 2019 report:

Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
All Good Kid’s Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
Baby Bum Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, Fragrance Free, SPF 50
Badger Active Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream, Chamomile & Calendula, SPF 30
Bare Republic Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Lotion, Baby, SPF 30+
Burn Out Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 35
Caribbean Sol Sol Kid Kare Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
COOLA Baby Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50
Coppertone Pure & Simple Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
Earth Mama Kids Uber-Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 40
Equate Baby Zinc Sunscreen Mineral Lotion, SPF 50
Goddess Garden Kids Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
Hawaiian Sol Sol Kid Kare Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
Just Skin Food Baby Beach Bum Sunscreen Stick, SPF 31
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
Nurture My Body Baby Organic Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 32
Star Naturals Baby Sunscreen Stick, SPF 25
SunBioLogic Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30+
Sunblocz Baby & Kids Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream, SPF 50
Sunology Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, Kids, SPF 50
Sunumbra Sunkids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 40
Supergoop! Sunnyscreen Lotion, Babies + Kiddos, SPF 50
thinkbaby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+
Waxhead Sun Defense Baby Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 35

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