As the pools open this Memorial Day weekend, everyone will be flocking to the store for one thing: sunscreen. There are so many options to choose from: do you go for the high SPF? Lotion or spray? And what ingredients are really in the formula? As a swimmer, I have spent my fair share of time in the sun in the past, so this is a topic that is personally important to me. Exposing the skin to UVA and UVB rays leads to skin cancer and early skin aging, so as you’re planning your outside activities this summer, here are some sun safety tips courtesy of the Environmental Working Group (EWG):
While experts say that the best way to protect from skin cancer and melanoma is to reduce sun exposure, I find it hard particularly in the summertime to avoid sun exposure. Whether you’re hiking, swimming, or just enjoying an outdoor barbecue, it pays to be prepared with sunscreen, sunglasses, and even clothes that protect from sun exposure. Lucky for us, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released their 2017 Guide to Sunscreens – and not a moment too soon!
Every year EWG evaluates hundreds of sunscreen products and produces a guide in order to educate consumers and encourage companies to produce safer, more effective sunscreens. This year, there are 240 sunscreens (out of 880!) that meet EWG’s health and performance criteria. Ingredients on the sunscreen no-no list include: oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, and retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that may harm skin. Click here to see EWG’s full list of sunscreens that pass the test!
Of the 3 types of sunscreens I have in my cabinet (from last year, admittedly), not ONE meets EWG’s health and performance criteria. So, I plan on trying the following sunscreens this year:
- The Honest Company Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 50+. See EWG’s in-depth rating of this sunscreen here. Sold for $13.95 here.
- All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Lotion, Water Resistant, SPF 30. See EWG’s in-depth rating of this sunscreen here. Sold for $15.99 here.
EWG also put together a list of the 19 top sunscreens for kids and babies, here. Out of the 19, here are a few options that rate either excellent/excellent or excellent/good for protection, and are also low cost:
Whats your favorite sunscreen? I’d love to hear recommendations in the comments below!