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The Best Sunscreens of 2019 (and Toxic Ones to Avoid)

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It’s no secret that the sun (in moderate doses) provides all sorts of health benefits, including helping our bodies manufacture vital vitamin D. With beach season right around the corner, though, many people are looking for the best sunscreens to cut their risk of sun overexposure, sunburns and possibly skin cancer.

The issue? All sunscreens are not created equally. In fact, a 2019 report from Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that nearly two-thirds of sunscreens don’t work and/or contain concerning ingredients that are readily absorbed by the body. In fact, a recent study found that sunscreen chemicals hit the bloodstream within a day of using them, and at levels high enough to prompt a government investigation on safety.

This is EWG’s 13th Annual Guide to Sunscreens report, and the results show that while there have been major improvements over the last decade, the vast majority of sunscreens available for purchase in the U.S. still contain damaging chemicals or fail to offer enough protection against ultraviolet rays.

And here’s the part that really gets me: About half of the beach and sport sunscreens sold in the U.S. that EWG analyzed would not be allowed on the market in Europe due to inadequate protection against UVA rays.

But there is positive movement on the sunscreen front…

Are You Using the Best Sunscreens?

EWG has been pushing the Food and Drug Administration to update and improve its sunscreen regulations for years to better protect public health. Now, the FDA is finally taking up the issue and proposing big changes to sunscreens. The downside? This is all still in the works, so it doesn’t pertain to sunscreens on the market for the 2019 season.

As unbelievable as this may seem, FDA started updating sunscreen rules more than four decades ago.”In February, the agency at long last issued a proposed set of final rules. As written, the new rules would bring significant advances in both effectiveness and safety,” EWG reports. “But many big chemical manufacturers and sunscreen companies are lobbying heavily for a much weaker proposal that would likely leave the state of sunscreens in the U.S. largely unchanged.”

Stay tuned to see how this pans out for the 2020 season.

And then there’s the UVA dilemma…

A past EWG report cited research of Brian Diffey, PhD, emeritus professor of photobiology at the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University. He’s shown that, on average, U.S. sunscreens allow about three times more UVA rays to transfer through skin compared to European sunscreens. In fact, Americans sunscreen choices are fewer and often offer worse UVA protection compared to those available in the European Union.

This matters because UVA rays are more abundant than UVB rays, and UVA damage is more subtle than the sunburns induced mainly by UVB rays. UVA rays can damage your skin invisibly by suppressing the immune system and aging the skin over time; overexposure of these rays are also linked to the development of melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, too.

In a newly proposed rule from the FDA, the agency is finally voicing concern about the role of UVA rays in the development of skin cancer. It stated that “UVA exposure is a significant concern,” and high SPF products currently on the market may expose users to “excessively large UVA doses.”

Now, it’s important to note that there is no perfect sunscreen. Many contain harmful chemicals, and even mineral-based ones often contain nanoparticles, minute ingredients that can cross the blood-brain barrier and also harm aquatic life. Beyond that, sunscreen is unique compared to many other personal care products because you coat it thickly onto your skin, often multiple times a day. You don’t get that type of hours-long, skin-absorbing exposure with something like, say, shampoo you quickly wash off.

That’s why it’s very important to look for safer sunscreens if you use them and to recognize that you can’t only rely on sunscreens alone to prevent sun overexposure.

“No product is going to be fully protective and no product will last on your skin for more than two hours max,” explains Lunder. She says thickly applying sunscreen coatings, reapplying every time you’re out of the water and choosing a better product to begin with are all key. But other sun smart methods to avoid overexposures are a must. More on those later.

In the EWG’s 2019 best sunscreens report, the group analyzed the ingredients and labeling claims more than 1,300 products with SPF, including 750 sport and beach sunscreens. So what are the best sunscreens out there? Let’s take a look.

The Best Sunscreens of 2019, Beach & Sport

  • Attitude 100% Mineral Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30
  • All Good Sunstick, Unscented, SPF 30
  • Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Lotion Sunscreen, Sensitive Skin, SPF 50
  • Badger Active Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream, Unscented, SPF 30
  • Goddess Garden Sport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
  • Just Skin Food Baby Beach Bum Sunscreen Stick, SPF 31
  • Kabana Organic Skincare Green Screen Sunscreen Lotion, Original, SPF 32
  • Poofy Organics The Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  • Poofy Organics The Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30
  • Sunology Mineral Sunscreen, Body, SPF 50
  • Thinksport Sunscreen, SPF 50+
  • Waxhead Sun Defense Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30

The Best Sunscreens of 2019, Moisturizers

  • Badger Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen, SPF 25
  • Block Island Organics Natural Face Moisturizer, SPF 30
  • Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense, SPF 30
  • Goddess Garden Face the Day Daily Moisturizer, SPF 30
  • Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer, SPF 30
  • Sanre Shaded Rose Solar Calming Facial Cream, SPF 30
  • Suntegrity Skincare Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer, SPF 30

The Best Sunscreens of 2019, Kid-Friendly

  • Adorable Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+
  • All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
  • Badger Kids Active Sunscreen Cream, Tangerine & Vanilla, SPF 30
  • Bare Republic Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
  • Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Baby, SPF 30+
  • BurnOut Kids Sunscreen, SPF 35
  • California Baby Calendula Sunscreen, SPF 30+
  • COOLA Suncare Baby Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50
  • Equate Baby Zinc Sunscreen Mineral Lotion, SPF 50
  • Goddess Garden Kids Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
  • Hawaiian Sol Sol Kid Kare, SPF 50
  • MDSolarSciences KidCreme Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 40
  • Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50
  • Nurture My Body Baby Organic Sunscreen, SPF 32
  • Sunology Mineral Sunscreen, Kids, SPF 50
  • thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 50+
  • thinksport Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+
  • Tom’s of Maine Baby Sunscreen Lotion, Fragrance Free, SPF 30
  • Waxhead Sun Defense Baby Zinc Oxide Sunscreen, SPF 35

Most Toxic Sunscreens to Avoid

Children are more susceptible to certain toxic chemicals during development and because blistering sunburns early in life can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer down the line.  That’s why it’s even more vital for children and babies to avoid the most toxics sunscreens. While other brands received low scores, too, here are some of the children and baby sunscreen products with the worst ratings.

Worst Sunscreens for Kids

  • Banana Boat Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100
  • Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
  • Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion Spray, SPF 50
  • Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50
  • Coppertone Kids Wet Protect Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50
  • CVS Health Children’s Clear Spray, SPF 50 and 70
  • Equate Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Stick Sunscreen/Spray, SPF 70+
  • Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50

And here are some of the other worst overall offenders scoring in the Red Zone (7-10) for major safety concerns:

  • Panama Jack Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+ & 85
  • Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen, SPF 60+
  • CVS Health Sensitive Skin Sun Lotion, SPF 60+
  • Up & Up Sport Sunscreen Spray, SPF 15, 30 & 50
  • Panama Jack Sunscreen Spray, SPF 15, 30 & 70
  • NO-AD Sun Care Sport Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 50
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50 & 85+
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Spray, SPF 30
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100+
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 70, 85+ & 100+

This is by no means a complete list. Here’s a list of the sunscreens rated from worst to best and from best to worst. And you can search all sunscreens here.

Key Findings in EWG’s Sunscreen Report

  • About half the sunscreen products sold in the U.S. wouldn’t pass the more stringent European standards because they don’t filter enough UVA rays.
  • Despite strong evidence to show sunscreens can even prevent skin cancer, it’s still legal for most sunscreens to make cancer prevention claims.
  • Nearly 67 percent of sunscreen products reviewed by EWG either didn’t work adequate to protect from UV rays or they contained dangerous ingredients. Some of the most worrisome ingredients include oxybenzone, one of the known endocrine disruptors, and retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that may harm skin and possibly lead to skin tumors.
  • Oxybenzone is in widespread use in American chemical-based sunscreens. Lab testing shows skin penetration rates of 1 to 9 percent. That’s concerning, given the fact that it acts like an estrogen in the body and is linked to abnormal sperm function in animal studies and endometriosis in studies of women. Oxybenzone also acts as a skin allergen in a significant number of people. (So does methylisothiazolinone, a common sunscreen preservative found in the majority of products surveyed.) Thankfully, the state of Hawaii has the opportunity to ban oxybenzone in sunscreen due to its ability to bleach and kill coral reefs.
  • From 2007 to 2018, there has been a 41 percent rise in mineral sunscreens in the United States. These sunscreens tend to block UVA better than chemical sunscreen ingredients and also tend to be rated safer on EWG’s sunscreen database.
  • In EWG’s 2010 review, about 40 percent of sunscreens contained vitamin A ingredients. This type of ingredient can react with UV rays and increase the risk of skin tumors, according to government animal testing data.
  • Scientists don’t know for sure if sunscreen helps prevent melanoma. In fact, as EWG notes in its executive summary of the sunscreen guide, “Sun exposure appears to play a role in melanoma, but it is a complex disease for which many questions have not been answered. One puzzling fact: Melanomas do not usually appear on parts of the body that get daily sun exposure.”
  • Be wary of ultra high SPF claims. There are more of them today than several years ago. The U.S. hasn’t approved modern sunscreen ingredients that would do a better job of broad-spectrum protection. Because of this, UVA protection is often lacking in SPF 70+ products. In other developed countries, SPF is usually capped at 50.
  • I suggest steering clear of spray sunscreens. It’s very difficult to apply in a thickness that will provide adequate protection, plus, it increases the risk you’re sending sunscreen chemicals directly into your lungs (and the lungs of everyone sitting around you.)
  • Nearly 30 percent of sunscreens tested were spray sunscreens in 2018, up from about 20 percent in 2007. These sprays pose inhalation risk and are hard to actually apply correctly. (Even the Food and Drug Administration raised concerns about spray sunscreens, although the agency hasn’t banned them yet.)
  • FDA banned the use of misleading sunscreen bottle claims like “waterproof” and “sweatproof” in 2011, but Lunder says other misleading marketing terms are still in use. These include things like “sun shield” and “age shield.” Lunder says these marketing terms imply full and complete protection, reassuring someone that it’s all they need to protect their skin. That is simply not true.
  • If you avoid the sun, get your vitamin D levels checked at your health care provider. A growing number of the population is deficient, thanks to sunscreens and spending more time indoors.

The good news is you can get enough vitamin D and protect yourself from burns without always turning to sunscreen.

How to Avoid Too Much Sun (Without Sunscreen)

Getting some sun exposure is vital for good health because it helps your body create vitamin D. There are multiple ways to get vitamin D, but your best bet is to get it from standing in the sun or eating vitamin D-rich foods. In fact, sitting in the sun unexposed for about 10 minutes helps your body create roughly 10,000 units of natural vitamin D.

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to certain cancers, autoimmune diseases, heart disease depression, osteoporosis and many other ailments, so it’s important to get enough. Like almost anything, though, you can get too much of a good thing and want to make sure you avoid sunburns.

You should consider sunscreen your last resort to prevent sunburns, though. In fact, there’s no clear evidence that using sunscreens actually prevents skin cancer — including in the best sunscreens — and some ingredients may actually fuel skin cancer.

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Avoiding overexposure during peak sunlight hours, use sunglasses, and sun-protective hats and clothing (Solumbra is a good brand). These things reduce your risk of burns without sunscreen.

EWG Sunscreens: 8 Best Sunscreens That Are Cheap & Widely Available 

EWG sunscreen ratings serve as a lifeline for people who want to use sunscreen without all of the toxic ingredients. For more than a decade, EWG (the non-profit Environmental Working Group) takes on the annual task of sifting through sunscreen label claims, ingredient lists and scientific studies analyzing what’s really in those sunblock bottles.

Unfortunately, many of the highest-rated sunscreens aren’t readily available in chain grocery and drug stores, meaning it can be a little tricky finding a safe and effective sunscreen if you’re on the road and forgot yours at home. With that in mind, the EWG sunscreen team released a list of the safest, most reasonably priced sunscreens that are widely available in box stores around the country.

Now, to be clear, I believe the sun can be incredibly healing in the right dose, especially when it comes to avoiding vitamin D deficiency. But you don’t want to overdo it and suffer a damaging burn.

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The most recent list consists of sunscreens that:

  • Ranges in price from $10 to $20
  • Received “best” ratings from the EWG sunscreen guide
  • Are widely available in mainstream retailers and box store

Final Thoughts

  • Thankfully, the FDA is finally proposing sweeping new rules that would make sunscreens in the U.S. safer and more effective. However, there’s a huge chemical lobby pushing back against that. We’ll stay on top of new developments as they emerge.
  • When direct sunlight hits our skin under peak conditions, our bodies manufacture high levels of vitamin D. Not getting enough vitamin D has been linked to all sorts of health problems, include cancer, arthritis, depression and other diseases.
  • However, you can get too much of a good thing, which is why it’s important to take steps to prevent overexposure and sunburns.
  • There is no perfect sunscreen, and this is clear from EWG’s 13th Guide to Sunscreens report. Mineral sunscreens generally rate safer, but they often contain nanoparticles that are not tightly regulated or studied for long-term impact on human or aquatic health. Chemical sunscreens often contain hormone-disrupting chemicals or even an ingredient that could trigger skin cancer. Still, EWG’s report helps consumers seeking sunscreen find safer choices while avoiding the most poorly rated brands.
  • Sunscreen should be used as a last resort. Sun-protective measures like hats, sunglasses, seeking shade and avoiding peak sunlight for extended periods of time should be used before turning to sunscreen, and when you do choose sunscreen, make sure it’s one of the best sunscreens.

The Best Sunscreens of 2019 (and Toxic Ones to Avoid)

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67 Comments

  1. Maria on

    I have a question.. I’m always low in vitamin D, due to the fact that I’m allergic to it. I break out in a rash when my skins is exposed to sun.. I always tried to cover with rush guard shirts and hats when I go to the beach, but driving around can be difficult too. I am olive skin color and also the only one in my family with this problem. At this time I have been diagnosed with immune hemoletyc anemia, I don’t know if they are related. What sunscreen do you recommend, since every thing I have being using are toxic. I would love to hear your opinion. Thanks!

  2. Linda on

    I am wondering about the Green Beaver Company natural mineral sunscreen. Has it been tested?

  3. Katya Dennis on

    I wish a website on healthy ways of doing things would discuss the use of natural cold pressed oils and butters (shea, cocoa) to extend the time fair skinned people can be in the sun, instead of giving the impression that only manufactured, processed things can do that. I’m searching high and low for this information.

  4. Sherry Jaskowiak on

    What about Absolutely Natural … I’ve been using it on myself and kids for years. Would like to know if it was included in the study or not and if so, why it is not considered safe

  5. Janice on

    Sunscreens. I have known for years that most had a list of unhealthy and even toxic ingredients. Several years ago I was cooking to a crisp while selling at a swap meet. I went in search of sunscreens and I found only one brand (you usually get through a rep) and they had 2 types. I got the least expensive which was a spray. I sprayed it on fairly liberally and it melted my nail polish. I was horrified. How could any company use ingredients in a mix for skin that would melt nail polish? I know that could not be good.

    • Shelley on

      Alba tested a “4” on EWG testing for the product Very emollient body lotion “daily shade spa 15” they rate on a scale of 1 to 10. You can download their app and scan the bar code. Not all products have been tested, so other that I scanned did not yet have a rating. Their app is helpful because you can pull out your phone in the store and scan the barcode before you even purchase. Also, I liked that Dr. Axe listed some of the ingredients that are extremely horrible for us so that we can keep and eye out for those.

      • Caroline on

        Alba is free of oxybenzone, octinoxate, PABA, nano-sunscreens and Vitamin A, so I guess it’s not that bad.

  6. Laura Oliver on

    I am a consultant with Beautycounter and our Sunscreen lotion and stick are rated with EWG. I am wondering if you are familiar with Beautycounter products or if our sunscreen was left off of your safe list for another reason. I appreciate your input.

  7. Lori on

    Where do you get these off the wall brands of sunscreens? I never heard of any of them. They should list links on where to buy them.

      • Penny on

        I also have skin cancer,,, squamous cell, on my hands, and have had SEVERAL trips to dermatology to spray the AK(s), and even MOHS surgery. I’d like to know the best for our skin too

  8. Sandra McKenna on

    I am wondering about the sun screen/ sunblock made by Melaleuca.
    They claim their products are safe…. curious what you think!

  9. Tomas on

    Dear dr. Axe,

    I do agree with most what you have written here. Only about avoiding sun exposure at noon, might be controversial. Here is an article by Mark Sisson: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-engineer-a-successful-day-of-sunbathing/

    He claims that you should expose yourself at noon, when the sun is the strongest, as you will have more UVB-radiation, which is less during the morning or evening, when UVA is strongest. UVB indeed causes sunburn, but also helps producing Vitamin D. UVA isn’t causing sunburn, but goes deeper and will actually reduce Vitamine D production. Also is UVA radiation a bigger risk for diseases. You need both UVA and UVB and the best time is at noon, at least according to Mark Sisson.

    I am interested in your response.

  10. Lisa on

    The links go to products on Amazon, never buy anything like sunscreen on Amazon, the last beauty product I purchased there was tampered with by the seller. Many of them dilute and/or create counterfeit products to make more money. They also tamper with them by changing the expiration dates and you have no way of knowing because nothing sold through Amazon is regulated in any way.

    You can’t trust the reviews either, many of the reviews are faked. You have to buy from a reputable retailer if you want you products to be safe. Amazon is made of up 3rd party sellers so it’s just by chance if you get a reputable one or not and the odds are not in your favor.

  11. Cheryl on

    Growing up I spent time playing in the sun when I was young. I was not a “sun worshiper” like may other teen age girls. I couldn’t just lay there. I noticed that in my late teens my skin became more sensitive to burning. Fast forward to my late 40’s when I began to juice for health and drank lots of carrot juice. I began to notice that my skin seemed to tan quicker and deeper, no more burning. This was fantastic as I really love being out on our boat in summer in the San Juan Islands.
    I read somewhere that carrot juice is like sunscreen from the inside. I wonder if you knew much about this.
    With much gratitude,
    Cheryl

  12. Nicole on

    Or buy homemade sunscreen on Etsy with beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, non nano zinc oxide, essential oils, etc.

  13. Marysol on

    Should I be concern about the light coming from the screen of my computer to my face everyday? Thanks!

  14. klp on

    Not to mention…all but natural sunscreens are toxic to the environment. They really should be banned.

  15. linda on

    With so much out there about nutrition that is conflicting this article is a VERY interesting contrast to what consumer report has to say about natural sunscreen.
    Being that I swim laps in summer in Arizona and lap lane hours are not the best for sun protection I have started wearing rash guard and swim tights and rotate using natural vs chemical sunscreens :)

  16. Rita on

    Hi Dr Axe,

    What’s the used by date of the homemade sunscreen?

    2 tbsp Zinc Oxide, powder or cream?

    Shea butter raw, organic?

    Thank you

  17. Penny on

    So, it’s extremely hot here in the Mid-west. Our heat index for this week is to be around 107-110 for several days. I LOVE the sun and love to be warm. However, as a 50 year old, I developed skin cancer from sun damage and was diagnosed in November. I am not sure how this skin cancer occurred, since I used to tan as a teenager. I have not laid out for over 30 years. But here’s the thing: last week I was prescribed some skin cancer gel (Picato), to try instead of having my skin sprayed with liquid nitrogen. I had a serious allergic reaction and chemical burn from this gel. So now, I’m still doctoring this burn, keeping it covered and using Silvadean cream.Just driving the car and feeling the sun beat on my wounded hand makes me crazy.

    I want to use a safe sunscreen on the rest of my skin, but after this reaction to the cancer gel, I’m afraid to try anything. I have many allergies to scents, lotions, sprays. The one thing I love to use is Lubriderm . I also love Vanicream lite lotion. But, I have not seen either of these with sunscreen. Any suggestions as I am quite the mess? !!

  18. jo makaylor on

    It didn’t mention on the list, but definitely deserve a pot on the best sunscreen list.

    I surf in the summer and ski in the winter and one of the best sunscreens I’ve used is the Biore sarasara http://amzn.to/2aJtxHZ. I was introduced to it by a friend when skiing in Hokkaido couple years ago. Highly recommended if you’re in the market for one.

  19. Bud Gillan on

    EWG’s Listings of Recommended Sunscreens includes all of Raw Elements products with a 1 Rating. You left Raw Elements out, Certified Organic Zinc Oxide Sunscreen. I am sure it was a slipup. Please add it to your list. It is EWG Top Ten list as well. ANd has been for several years.

  20. Ash on

    Thank you for this informative article Dr. Axe. It is very helpful and life-changing. After reading this, I am changing sunscreens.

  21. Madelyn Finley on

    This is all very helpful the k you so much but I was also thinking about the effects sunscreen has on our oceans? Just a thought

  22. Monette on

    Dr axe, thank you!

    Please rate the supergoop mineral sunscreen spf 40!? Carried by Sephora.

    Would be ever so grateful.

  23. Prasanna on

    I’m using lakme sunscreen with spf50 it is safe sunscreen or not if not pls suggest safe sunscreen

  24. Cynthia Hadley on

    Dear Dr. Axe,
    Which sunscreen will look clear on the skin. My husband won’t wear them b/c they make his fair skin look ghost like.
    Which one do you actually use if you are not making your own?
    Sincerely,
    Cynthia Hadley

  25. Tanya on

    I use Absolutely Natural a brand I order online from Florida. I love it because it works and I think it’s safe. Is there any information on this brand?

  26. Susana Rodrigues on

    Glad to know my sunscreen is on the list! Juice Beauty is great, a little thick but i apply my face oil before and works great !!

  27. Dee Dee Crowe on

    I believe you did not mean to make this statement: “Despite strong evidence to show sunscreens can even prevent skin cancer, it’s still legal for most sunscreens to make cancer prevention claims.”
    I believe it is supposed to EITHER read: “… can even CAUSE skin cancer…” OR should read …”CAN NOT even prevent skin cancer…”

    I would like to know which is accurate; this article was very helpful!
    (and you might want to fix that statement – it seems to be a key statement)
    THANKS! let me know: [email protected]

  28. Dee Dee Crowe on

    I don’t think this statement was made in error: “Despite strong evidence to show sunscreens can even prevent skin cancer, it’s still legal for most sunscreens to make cancer prevention claims.”
    Is it supposed to read: “… can even CAUSE skin cancer…” OR should it read …”CAN NOT even prevent skin cancer…”

    Please clarify which is accurate;
    this article was very helpful!
    (and you might want to fix that statement – it seems to be a key statement)
    THANKS! let me know

  29. Amie on

    I have a question on the part where the government studies show that vitamin A ingredients could speed the development of skin tumors and lesions. Then why do you find those ingredients in a great deal of skin care products promoting just that exactly. Am I missing something here?

  30. C on

    Has Sun Bum been tested?? My daughters elementary school has it out for their students to apply at will, and it’s extremely popular in Southern California… could you please give some research to this one?

  31. Clare on

    Can you do a review of deodorants and skin care products? I think the information you provide is amazing. THANK YOU

  32. Brittany Parker on

    Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion is amazing! Non-toxic, powered by essential oils! WIN WIN!

  33. Yvonne on

    Hi Dr Axe, Thank you for your very informative article. A question: Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50 is listed as one of the best kids sunscreens but Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+is listed as one of the worst. Why? What is the dramatic difference between the two?

  34. Kira on

    I’m concerned by the mention of sunglasses without also saying sunglasses need to have 100% UVA UVB protection. Sunglasses that don’t are actually worse than none, as the darkness causes your pupils to dilate, and then more sun rays can reach your retina. Only buy sunglasses with 100% UVA & 100% UVB protection!

  35. Margaret A. Gunter on

    GREAT Article! Am changing my sunscreen today. THANKS MUCH for the great LIST! Looks like all the major manufacturers need to reformulate their sunscreens.

    Keep up the good work!

  36. Roy Parker on

    I have a question, Are Our Sunscreens Really Water Resistant? Water-resistant sunscreen products are much less effective when they are worn in the sea. The products that have been claimed to be water resistant showed a decrease in the sun protection factor (SPF) by up to 59% after being in the salt water for 40 minutes. This research has been welcomed by the Cancer Research UK, who warned the public that no sunscreen is effective 100%.

  37. Julieanne on

    Has anyone included Rocky Mountain Sunscreen in the research? I would love to know how it stakes up.

    I would like to know if the ingredients are safe or harmful.

    It is the one sunscreen that has consistently worked well for me and doesn’t irritate my skin or clog my pores.

    I am fair skinned, prone to burning. So I generally try to limit my need for sunscreen and get my 10-15 min a day of Vit D. I do however need some protection on days when out and about in outdoor adventures or swimming.

  38. Lyn Solander on

    Thanks for your post. I make my own screen using raspberry seed oil which has a natural spf 25 which I add powered zinc oxide and bees wax to thicken. It works wonderfully and also great for baby bun cream! Clears rash FAST!

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