If you’re looking to clean up your sunscreen act in time for summer, you’re in luck! The EWG just launched an updated guide to clean sunscreen and it’s pretty comprehensive. Here are the key takeaways:
Active ingredients in sunscreens come in two forms, mineral and chemical filters. Each uses a different mechanism for protecting skin and maintaining stability in sunlight. The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters. These products typically include a combination of two to six of the following active ingredients (which you want to avoid): oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. A handful of products combine zinc oxide with chemical filters.
Laboratory studies indicate that some chemical UV filters may mimic hormones, and physicians report sunscreen-related skin allergies, which raises important questions about unintended human health consequences from frequent sunscreen application.
It’s best to avoid the chemical UV filters and opt for something without the harmful ingredients. From the best beach sunscreens to kids sunscreens and moisturizers with SPF, here are some of the top picks with the highest ratings (all listed received a 1):
Suntegrity Skincare Natural Mineral Sunscreen For Body, SPF 30
Supergoop! Play 100% Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 45
Beautycounter Protect All Over Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
COOLA Suncare Sport Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 30
Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, Tangerine & Vanilla, SPF 30
COOLA Suncare Baby Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50
thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 50+
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50
California Baby Calendula Sunscreen, SPF 30+
MOISTURIZERS WITH SPF:
Suntegrity Skincare 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen, Tinted, SPF 30
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream, Natural Glow, SPF 30
Cetaphil Redness Relieving Daily Facial Moisturizer, Neutral Tint, SPF 20
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense, SPF 30
thinksport Everyday Face Sunscreen, SPF 30+
And for more from the guide, head right this way.