The Safest Sunscreens to Use & Avoid

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The Safest Sunscreens to Use & Avoid

Summer is here which means it is time to protect your skin. BUT are you using the right sunscreen? Take a look at the best and worst options below…


According to Wendy Roberts, MD, a dermatologist in Rancho Mirage, CA, Jersey Kids Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 has a high percentage of zinc oxide and a simple ingredient list that make the product very safe. A smooth base, including olive oil, jojoba oil and shea butter, helps ensure it goes on evenly. It’s made in the U.S., and it is biodegradable and safe enough to use on the whole family, including babies.

EWG RATING: 1, lowest hazard
PRICE: $20.00 for 2 oz. ($10.00/oz.)



This zinc oxide formulation of All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Lotion, Water Resistant leaves little residue, which is especially beneficial for darker skin tones, says dermatologist Dr. Wendy Roberts. Certified organic green tea and rose hip act as antioxidants, while jojoba and extra-virgin olive oils moisturize the skin. Plus it’s eco-friendly and safe for kids.

EWG RATING: 1, lowest hazard
PRICE: $15.99 for 3 oz. ($5.33/oz.)



With sun protection from both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, Sunology Natural Sunscreen for Body SPF 50 is a very high SPF sunscreen that’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, making it a great choice for extended time in the water, says dermatologist Dr. Wendy Roberts. Bonus: It’s noncomedogenic, which means that it won’t clog your pores. And it’s rich in antioxidants.

EWG RATING: 1, lowest hazard
PRICE: $14.99 for 2 oz. ($7.50/oz.)



“With its high concentration of zinc oxide, this is a great physical sunscreen,” dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, says of Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream SPF 30. Water- and sweat-resistant for up to 40 minutes, it contains “sunflower oil and organic beeswax to moisturize the skin, and chamomile to soothe it.” And the chamomile and calendula ingredients infuse it with a mild scent, no chemical fragrances are necessary.

EWG RATING: 1, lowest hazard
PRICE: $15.99 for 2.9 oz. ($5.51/oz.)



“A long list of organic botanical ingredients and UVA coverage help protect baby’s skin,” says dermatologist Dr. Wendy Roberts, explaining that this makesGoddess Garden Baby Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 a top choice for your little one. This zinc oxide-based sunscreen is even water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.

EWG RATING: 1, lowest hazard
PRICE: $12.99 for 3.4 oz ($3.82/oz.)



“With water resistance for up to 80 minutes, this sunscreen is an excellent choice for water activities or outdoor sports that make you perspire,” says dermatologist Dr. Wendy Roberts. And Thinksport Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+provides some protection against skin cancer thanks to zinc oxide’s broad-spectrum protection.

EWG RATING: 1, lowest hazard
PRICE: $12.99 for 3 oz. ($4.33/oz.)


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