Is Your Sunscreen GOOD Enough For You?

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One of the most important things to think about heading into our weekend in Vegas is sun care. We want to make sure we are taking care of our skin as we head into spending two days at the pool. Sun care can be broken down into several different categories: sunscreen, sunglasses, clothing & shade. But lets assume you are going to be wearing a bikini, sporting sunglasses and aren’t going to be around much shade. The best defense you have against skin damage is your sunscreen. The Environmental Working Group, most commonly referred to as the EWG, just published their annual list of the most beneficial sunscreens on the market. If I can be honest with you, I only recognized a handful of brands that were listed on the top of their list.  These results will shock you.  Let me break it all down for you.

When the EWG conducts their studies they look at several different things:

  1. Good UVA protection
  2. Good balance of UVA protection in relation to the SPF
  3. Ingredients in the product pose a LOW health concern

All sunscreens are given a rating 1-10. With 1 being the best and 10 being high risk.


Lets see how some of the popular brands of sunscreen match up. I pulled this directly from their website,

11 Worst Spray Sunscreens

These sunscreens are aerosol sprays with SPFs above 50+ and the harmful additives oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

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+

12 Worst Sunscreen Lotions

These sunscreen lotions claim SPFs above 50+ and contain oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
Coppertone Sport High Performance Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
Coppertone Sport High Performance Sunscreen, SPF 75
Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70+
CVS Sport Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55
CVS Sun Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 100
CVS Sun Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 70
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Daily Liquid Sunscreen, SPF 70
NO-AD Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 60
NO-AD Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 85
Ocean Potion Protect & Nourish Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70

When I looked at this list I freaked out just a little bit.  I have been using some of these sunscreens for years.  Not only are these sunscreens high hazard, EWG listed them in their “Hall of Shame”.

With all the bad sunscreens we wanted to find the best sunscreens on the good end of the spectrum.

We have selected our top 10 favorite Sunscreens from the EWG approved list:

1.  COOLA 50 Sport Fresh Mango- Rating 1 – [Ashley’s favorite pick!]

$32 from Birchbox
$32 from Birchbox

2.  EltaMD SPF 47 UV Pure Broad-Spectrum – Rating 1 – [Amy’s Favorite]

$23 from Amazon
$23 from Amazon

3.  The Honest Company Honest Sunscreen SPF 30 – Rating 1 – [We both love this one!]

$13.50 from Amazon
$13.50 from Amazon

4.  Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 – Rating 1

$12.98 from Amazon

5.  Seventh Generation Baby Sunscreen SPF 30 – Rating 1

$29.60 from Amazon

6.  True Natural SPF 50 – Rating 1

$24.48 from Amazon
$24.48 from Amazon

7.  Sunology Natural Sunscreen SPF 50 – Rating 1

$14.99 from
$14.99 from

8.  BullFrog Ultimate Sheer Body Sunscreen SPF30 – Rating 2

$15.95 form Amazon
$15.95 from Amazon

9.  Sun Bum PRO Face Stick SPF30 – Rating 2

$13.95 from Amazon
$13.95 from Amazon

10.  Yes to Cucumbers Natural Sun Stick SPF30 – Rating 2

$7.19 from Target
$7.19 from Target

Go out and enjoy the summer sun!  We all need that Vitamin D. Just make sure to use proper protection to prevent any damage to that beautiful skin of yours!

Health, Wealth and Happiness,

Ashley Sutton

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