summer vacation: cute child applying sunscreen at the beach

Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases their yearly sunscreen guide, a comprehensive look at the best and worst sun protection options this year with your health (and kids) in mind. According to the 2016 report, these popular products were the worst offenders for having the following strikes against them: containing oxybenzone (hormone-disrupter), containing retinyl palmitate (a type of vitamin A that has been linked to skin damage) and a SPFs above 50+. Four of them are up to even more trouble as they are aerosol sprays that EWG says “can expose sensitive young lungs to potentially hazardous chemicals.”

According to EWG, theses are the worst sunscreens for kids:

  • Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
  • Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
  • Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray, Kids, SPF 70
  • Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Kids, SPF 70+
  • Coppertone Foaming Lotion Sunscreen Kids Wacky Foam, SPF 70+
  • Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70+
  • CVS Baby Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55
  • CVS Kids Wet & Dry Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+
  • Equate Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
  • Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen For Kids, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 70+
  • Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55

If you need some healthy suggestions on how to protect your family in the sun this summer, the brands below were the most highly rated in the 2016 report:

  • Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+
  • All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 33
  • All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  • ATTITUDE Little Ones 100% Mineral Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30
  • babyhampton beach*bum sunscreen, SPF 30
  • Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30
  • Bare Belly Organics Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • Belly Buttons & Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  • Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Baby, SPF 30+
  • BurnOut Kids Physical Sunscreen, SPF 35
  • California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+
  • COOLA Suncare Baby Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Moisturizer, SPF 50
  • Goddess Garden Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  • Hampton Sun Sunscreen Lotion For Baby, SPF 45
  • Jersey Kids Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  • Kiss My Face Organics Kids Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • Nurture My Body Baby Organic Sunscreen, SPF 32
  • Substance Baby Natural Sun Care Creme, SPF 30
  • Sunology Natural Sunscreen, Kids, SPF 50
  • Sunumbra Sunkids Natural Sunscreen, SPF 40
  • Thinksport for Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+
  • TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30+

Read the full report to get all the information you need here.

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