With the Memorial Day holiday behind us, and the unofficial start of summer here, it is time to put together your arsenal of sunscreen. The Environmental Working Group released its annual Guide to Sunscreens, the Sunscreen Hall of Shame, and its 2015 Sun Safety Guide for Children just prior to the weekend. How does your favorite sunscreen rate? See below to find out.
Every year the EWG reveals its Guide to Sunscreens to assist parents, sun worshipers, and outdoor fanatics in choosing the healthiest options for protecting the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. This year the Environmental Working Group narrowed down the list and selected 11 of the worst spray sunscreens, 12 of the worst sunscreen lotions, and 11 of the worst sunscreens for kids.
Spray sunscreens are extremely popular for their ease of use and convenience. However, a particular brand was recalled and highly criticized a few years back for being flammable. They are not recommended, as spray sunscreens could be “inhaled and don’t cover the skin completely.” Using strict guidelines the EWG is renowned for, the 11 worst brands of spray sunscreens are as follows.
- Banana Boat Clear UltraMist Ultra Defense MAX Skin Protect Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 110
- Coppertone Sport High Performance AccuSpray Sunscreen, SPF 70
- Coppertone Sport High Performance Clear Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100+
- CVS Clear Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100
- CVS Sheer Mist Spray Sunscreen, SPF 70
- CVS Sport Clear Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100+
- CVS Wet & Dry Sunscreen Spray, SPF 85
- Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunscreen Body Mist, SPF 70
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100+
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70
- Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray, SPF 85+
The 11 worst sunscreens were chosen based upon the harmful ingredients they include. The first six are all popular brand names marketed towards parents and babies such as Banana Boat and Coppertone. For the EWG’s full list, which also includes 12 of the worst sunscreen lotions, visit the recently published Hall of Shame.
The group warns to avoid products with very high SPFs of 50 and above. The sun protection factor only considers UVB rays, and not UVA ones, which penetrate deep within the skin. According to the guide, the FDA is considering prohibiting sunscreens labeled with an SPF of 50+.
Learn more about the best beach and sports sunscreens, the best moisturizes with SPF and tips on how to protect the skin from the sun with the Environmental Working Group’s 2015 Guide to Sunscreens. But the best protection from the sun is avoidance during peak hours (noon to 4 p.m.), covering up, wearing headgear and sunglasses, and staying in the shade as much as possible, of course with the added protection of a good sunscreen.