Is your sunscreen safe?

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“May the sun shine all day long, everything go right and nothing  wrong. May those you love bring love back to you, and may all the wishes you wish come true!” ~ Irish Blessing

It is that time of year again – when we can enjoy the sunny outdoors!  But we have to be careful or those fun, sunny activities are followed by painful, dangerous sunburns.

But what is just as bad?  Many of the sunscreens on the market!  According to Natural News, new studies say that 84% of sunscreens on the market are harmful to us.  Many contain inadequate protection, ingredients that break down in the sun, or even chemicals that are harmful to us and are known to cause cancer.

Don’t fret though! SkinDeep.com has come to your rescue and rated (from 0-10, low hazard-> high hazard) 1,095 common, and not so common, sunscreens to help you pick what is best for you and your family.

Top 10 products (limited to one product per brand)

Soleo/Atlantis Resort Organic chemical free sunscreen SPF 30+

Keys Soap Solar Rx Cosmetic Sunblock, SPF 30

California Baby Sunblock Stick No Fragrance, SPF 30+

Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30

Purple Prairie Botanicals Sun Stick spf 30

Marie Veronique Organics Creme de Jour Tinted, SPF 30 (light face screen made with non-micronized zinc oxide)

Devita International solar protective moisturizer 30

Lavera Sunscreen Neutral, SPF 40

Corrective Skin Care Anti-oxidant sunscreen non water proof UVA & UVB protective SPF 30

UV Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+

Here are some that might be easier to find -although they don’t all have quite as good as rating.

Recommended products from popular brands

Blue Lizard Australian Suncream Lotion, Sensitive, SPF 30

Blue Lizard Australian Suncream Lotion, Baby, SPF 30+

Blue Lizard Australian Suncream Lotion, Face, SPF 30+

California Baby Sunscreen Lotion No Fragrance, SPF 30+

California Baby Sunscreen Lotion Natural Bug Blend, SPF 30+

California Baby Sunscreen Lotion Everyday/year-Round, SPF 30+

California Baby Sunblock Stick No Fragrance, SPF 30+

California Baby Sunblock Stick Everyday/year-Round, SPF 30+

CVS Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide, SPF 45+

Jason Natural Cosmetics Sunbrellas Mineral Based Physical Sunblock, SPF 30+

Kiss My Face Face Factor Paraben Free, SPF 30

Kiss My Face 100% Paraben Free Sunscreen with Oat Protein, SPF 30

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion, SPF 30

Olay Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer, Sensitive Skin, SPF 30

Olay Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer, SPF 30

Skinceuticals Physical UV Defense, SPF 30

Solar Sense Clear Zinc, for Face, SPF 45

Walgreens Sunblock with Zinc Oxide for Face, Nose & Ears, SPF 45+

And just as important, here is a list of major brands that have no recommended sunscreens.  All of these are rated a 3-6, moderate hazard or worse:

Aubrey Organics (6), Avalon Natural Products (8), Aveeno (21), Banana Boat (41), Biore (1), Biotherm (11), Bull Frog (9), Burt’s Bees (2), Cetaphil (2), Clean & Clear (2), Coppertone (41), Cover Girl (4), Dove (4), Dr. Scholl’s (2), Elizabeth Arden (12), Eucerin (5), Garnier (3), Gillette (1), Hawaiian Tropic (10), Jergens (2), Juvena (2), La Roche-Posay (5), Lancome (28), LORAC (5), Lubriderm (1), Maybelline (1), Murad (9), Nature’s Gate (7), Nivea (4), Paradise Gold (4), Phisoderm (2), Pond’s (2), Purpose (2), RoC (6), Skin Simple (1), Target (.method) (1), The Body Shop (3), Vichy (2), Zia Natural Skincare (3)

To check out the full report or to look sunscreens up individually go here.

On a personal note, I have used Badger sunscreen with good results.  This year I plan on trying California Baby sunscreen.  I like all of their other products so much that I want to give their sunscreen a try as well.

Have you tried a sunscreen that is rated as low hazard?  I would love to hear your reviews!

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