Best Sunscreens of 2024 (and Toxic Ones to Avoid) - Dr. Axe

Fact Checked

This Dr. Axe content is medically reviewed or fact checked to ensure factually accurate information.

With strict editorial sourcing guidelines, we only link to academic research institutions, reputable media sites and, when research is available, medically peer-reviewed studies. Note that the numbers in parentheses (1, 2, etc.) are clickable links to these studies.

The information in our articles is NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.

This article is based on scientific evidence, written by experts and fact checked by our trained editorial staff. Note that the numbers in parentheses (1, 2, etc.) are clickable links to medically peer-reviewed studies.

Our team includes licensed nutritionists and dietitians, certified health education specialists, as well as certified strength and conditioning specialists, personal trainers and corrective exercise specialists. Our team aims to be not only thorough with its research, but also objective and unbiased.

The information in our articles is NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.

Best Sunscreens & Toxic Ones to Avoid



2018 best sunscreens - Dr. Axe
It’s no secret that the sun (in moderate doses) provides all sorts of health benefits, including helping our bodies manufacture vital vitamin D. When the sun is strong and the warmer weather rolls in, though, many people are looking for the best sunscreens to cut their risk of sun overexposure, sunburns and possibly skin cancer.

Environmental Working Group’s 18th annual Guide to Sunscreens is a mix of good and bad news when it comes to the state of sunscreens sold in America and beyond. For instance, oxybenzone and octinoxate — suspected hormone-disrupting chemicals that are readily absorbed into the body — were in nearly 300 products EWG examined, as were other troubling ingredients.

The National Toxicology Program released findings linking oxybenzone exposure to a higher risk of thyroid tumors in female rats. Even the European Commission, which reviews ingredient safety in Europe, published a final opinion finding oxybenzone unsafe for use at current levels.

“We slather these ingredients on our skin, but many of these chemicals haven’t been adequately tested,” said Carla Burns, EWG senior director for cosmetic science. “Despite the known toxicity concerns, oxybenzone is still widely used as a non-mineral active ingredient in sunscreens. The long-term use of these chemicals, and especially chemicals not adequately tested for safety, could be problematic.”

To help navigate the sunscreen landscape, the group introduced the EWG VERIFIED® Sunscreen, sunscreens that both meet EWG’s strict standards for sun protection and avoid harmful ingredients. In this 18th annual guide, the group found that only one in four of the more than 1,700 sunscreens reviewed met those standards.


As EWG explains about EWG VERIFIED®:

EWG Verified recognizes products that meet EWG’s strictest standards for your health, and for sunscreens this includes our high bar for a product’s efficacy.

Drawing upon nearly two decades of experience evaluating sunscreen products, EWG Verified sunscreens meet our strict standards for health and efficacy. These sunscreens cannot contain ingredients banned in the European Union or Canada, and ingredients are required to meet international government restrictions.

Products that earn our mark must also meet higher UVA protection standards that exceed U.S. and European requirements.

Sunscreen Chemicals Build Up in Your Blood

The effects of sunscreen may linger longer than expected, too. An U.S. Food and Drug Administration-led 2020 study found that “chemical sunscreen ingredients are systemically absorbed after one application, and some ingredients can stay in the blood for at least three weeks.”

The sunscreen chemicals tested in this FDA study included avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octisalate and octinoxate, and all six active ingredients tested readily absorbed into the bloodstream of humans involved the study — and at concentrations that surpass an important FDA safety threshold.

This builds on previous research showing that sunscreen chemicals hit the bloodstream within a day of using them — and at levels high enough to prompt a government investigation on safety.

Some public safety experts say this is just one example of the backward nature of product regulation in the U.S.

Beyond safety issues is another question: Does sunscreen even work? EWG found in 2022 that nearly 75 percent of sunscreens don’t work and/or contain concerning ingredients that are readily absorbed by the body.

In addition, EWG found that many sunscreens don’t offer the type of protection you would expect from their listed SPF levels.

Things may be slowing moving in the right direction with FDA trying to update its standards, but for now, the onus is still on the consumer to find sunscreen that’s safer and actually works.  

Are You Using the Best Sunscreens?

A past EWG report cited research of Brian Diffey, Ph.D., 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.

According to EWG, most sunscreens sold in the U.S. would not be sold in Europe, which sets much more stringent UVA standards. Specifically, of 51 U.S. products tested, only 35 percent met the EU standard, while 94 percent met the current U.S. standard.


Excess UVA radiation is tied to aging, immune system damage and a higher risk of certain cancers.

Sunscreen Is Only One Tool in the Sun Safety Toolbox

Now, it’s important to note that there is no perfect sunscreen. Many contain harmful chemicals, and even mineral-based ones could 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 hourslong, 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, EWG has noted. The group 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.

Other sun-smart methods to avoid overexposures are a must. In fact, sunscreen should actually be your last line of defense against the sun after adopting other more effective measures. (More on those later.)

“The sunscreen industry continues to bury its head in the sand,” says Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs. “The market is flooded with products that provide poor UVA protection and use concerning ingredients. Sunscreen sales have increased dramatically, so sunscreen companies can certainly afford to conduct the studies needed to ensure their customers are safe.” 

So what are the best sunscreens out there? Let’s take a look.

The Best Sunscreens of 2024: For Recreation 

“Based on the best current science and toxicology data, we continue to recommend sunscreens with the mineral active ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, because they are the only two ingredients the FDA recognized as safe or effective in their proposed draft rules,” Burns says.

In total, 232 recreational sunscreens met the EWG standards in 2024. Here are some of the most highly rated sunscreens that met EWG’s criteria for safety and effectiveness:

  • 4ocean Reef Safe Sunscreen Tin, SPF 40
  • ATTITUDE Sunly Kids Mineral Sunscreen Stick, Unscented, SPF 30 (and other ATTITUDE products)
  • Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 (and other Babo Batonicals products)
  • Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30
  • Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  • Love Sun Body Sheer Perfection Mineral Body Sunscreen, Fragrance-Free, SPF 50
  • Love Sun Body Sheer Perfection Mineral Body Sunscreen, Fragrance-Free, SPF 30
  • Solara Suncare Go! Mineral Defense Sport Superfruit Body Sunscreen, SPF 50 (and other Solara Suncare Go! products)
  • Stream2Sea Every Day Mineral Sunscreen, Tint, SPF 45 (and other Stream2Sea products)
  • Thinkbaby Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  • Thinksport Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion, Kids, SPF 30 (and other Thinksport products)

The Best Sunscreens of 2024: Daily Use

In total, 143 daily use SPF met the EWG standards in 2024. EWG rated these products to be among the best:

  • Ao Skincare 6000X Elemental Screen, SPF 30
  • Beautycounter Countersun Daily Sheer Defense for Face, SPF 25
  • Biossance Squalane + Mineral, SPF 45
  • Love Sun Body Glow Natural Daily Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen & Moisturizer Lotion, Cocoa, SPF 30 (and other Love Sun Body products)
  • Rejuva Minerals Sheer Daily Wear Face Protection, SPF 16
  • Solara Suncare Clean Freak Nutrient Boosted Daily Sunscreen, Naturally Scented, SPF 30 (and other Solara Suncare products)
  • Sonage Roux Tinted Day Creme, SPF 30
  • True Botanicals Skin Barrier Sun Shield, SPF 30
  • True Botanicals Everyday Skin Tints, SPF 30
  • Well People Bio Tint Tinted Moisturizer, 4W, SPF 30 (and other Well People products)

If you’re looking for lip balm with SPF protection, EWG suggests these picks

Top Picks for the Best Baby Sunscreens (and Overall Kid-Friendly Picks)

In total, 48 baby sunscreens met EWG standards in 2024. Here were some of the best:

  • ATTITUDE Sunly Kids Mineral Sunscreen Stick, Unscented, SPF 30 (and other Attitude products)
  • Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
  • Babo Botanicals Baby Face Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50
  • Stream2Sea Every Day Mineral Sunscreen, Kids, SPF 45
  • Stream2Sea EcoStick Sunscreen Stick For Kids, SPF 35+
  • Thinkbaby Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  • Thinksport Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion, Kids, SPF 30

Most Toxic Sunscreens to Avoid

Here’s a big takeaway that’ll make things somewhat less complicated. EWG recommends avoiding all spray sunscreens.

Not only are they very difficult to apply effectively and evenly, but there’s some concern the ingredients could potentially cause irreversible lung damage. The truth is, the ingredients just haven’t been tested in the aerosol capacity for long-term impact on human health, like so many other everyday chemicals, unfortunately. 

In 2021, spray sunscreens contaminated with benzene, a known carcinogen, prompted a sunscreen recall of 14 popular products. Independent testing found that the problem is widespread.

When it comes to sunscreens, here are some of the other worst overall offenders scoring in the Red Zone (10) for major safety concerns. Overall, these products tested poorly in the EWG analysis and are considered bad choices for sun protection.

Just remember, this list is not exhaustive. To check your favorite sunscreen or to peruse the database, click here.

  • Banana Boat Ultra Sport Clear Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100
  • Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sunscreen Spray, Fragrance Free, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection Sunscreen Spray, SPF 60+
  • COOLA Classic Body Sunscreen Spray, Peach Blossom, SPF 70
  • Equate Beauty Ultra Light Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
  • Banana Boat Ultra Sport Clear Sunscreen Spray, SPF 65
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70
  • Banana Boat Kids Max Protect and Play Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 100 (2018 formulation)
  • Hawaiian Tropic Weightless Hydration Sunscreen Clear Spray, SPF 70
  • Banana Boat Kids Clear Sunscreen Spray, SPF 65
  • Bare Republic Clearscreen Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100
  • Banana Boat Kids MAX Clear Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100
  • Banana Boat Ultra Defense Clear Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray, SPF 60
  • Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
  • Panama Jack Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
  • The Seaweed Bath Co. Sport+ Cooling Mist, Peppermint & Aloe, SPF 60
  • CVS Health Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
  • Best Choice Sport Broad Spectrum Spf 70 Sunscreen Spray

This is by no means a complete list. Be sure to check your individual product’s safety assessment at 

Best sunscreens - Dr. AxeBest sunscreens - Dr. Axe

Key Findings in EWG’s Sunscreen Report

  • EWG recommends avoiding high-SPF sunscreens, as they’ve been shown that they provide limited benefits compared to lower-SPF sunscreens, and they can give people a false sense of security against the sun.
  • Spray sunscreens contain cancer-causing benzene, so you should avoid them.
  • Europe continues to do a far better job at sunscreen regulation than the U.S. “EWG estimates that most sunscreens sold in the U.S. would be too weak for the European market because they don’t filter UVA rays well enough. An EWG study of laboratory tests of 51 sunscreen products found that only 35 percent of the products tested met the EU standard, but 94 percent would pass the current U.S. standard.”
  • Your skin is your body’s largest immune system organ. Excess sun exposure can impair the immune system, but many sunscreen chemicals are readily absorbed into the bloodstream, where they could cause ill effects, too.
  • Stanford University dermatologists concluded that people who relied solely on sunscreens for sun protection got more sunburns than people who reported infrequent sunscreen use but wore hats and clothing to shield themselves from the sun.
  • An EWG analyst warns: “Sunscreen is only one form of sun protection and should not be relied on alone. It’s also important to wear sunglasses, hats and t-shirts, stay in the shade, and avoid the midday sun.”
  • The rate of new melanoma cases among American adults has tripled since the 1970s.
  • Evidence is increasing that UVA exposure causes skin cancer. Despite that, sunscreen rules requiring adequate UVA protection are lacking.
  • Oxybenzone is in widespread use in American chemical-based sunscreens. Lab testing shows skin penetration rates of 1 percent 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, places like Hawaii and Key West have banned oxybenzone in sunscreen due to its ability to bleach and kill coral reefs.
  • In a previous EWG 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.
  • Avoid spray sunscreens. It’s very difficult to apply in a thickness that will provide adequate protection, plus it increases the risk you’re sending potentially damaging sunscreen chemicals directly into your lungs (and the lungs of everyone sitting around you).
  • The FDA is proposing that all sprays and powders undergo additional proposes that all spray products undergo additional safety testing to ensure they can’t be inhaled deep into the lungs and cause irreversible damage.
  • Inactive ingredients often make up 50 percent to 70 percent of sunscreen formulations, and EWG urges the FDA to investigate the safety of these ingredients, too.
  • FDA pilot testing uncovered spray sunscreen products that would not meet proposed standards.
  • EWG recommends that consumers avoid all spray and powder sunscreen products.
  • If you’re opting for sunscreen for protection from overexposure to the sun, EWG advises to opt for mineral-based sunscreen products with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide active ingredients and avoid products with ingredients like oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.
  • 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

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.

Avoid overexposure during peak sunlight hours, and use sunglasses and sun-protective hats and clothing. These things reduce your risk of burns without sunscreen.

Final Thoughts

  • 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, including 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. 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.

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 4.2 / 5. Vote count: 2298

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.


Please keep comments under 200 characters.


  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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%.

  4. roni on

    Hey, This guide is very helpful. you have mentioned all the things that I need badly.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

  8. Brittany Parker on

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

  9. usps tracking on

    Thank for your writting! It is easy to understand and detailed. I feel it is interesting, I hope you continue to have such good posts.

  10. Clare on

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

  11. 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?

  12. 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?

  13. 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

  14. 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]

  15. Jenny on

    You need to add Beautycounter sunscreen to your list! All of Beautycounter’s products are free from harmful ingredients that are banned in European countries. check it out on www.beautycounter/jennymummert

  16. 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 !!

  17. 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?

  18. Pia Videtti on

    Hi! Those asking about their sunscreens go to the EWG site as Dr. Axe stated in the article. You can search for your brands there.

  19. 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?
    Cynthia Hadley

  20. Prasanna on

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

  21. Monette on

    Dr axe, thank you!

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

    Would be ever so grateful.

  22. 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

  23. Ash on

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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 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.

  26. Jan on

    Dr Axe, please also check out Waxhead sunscreen and other products. A relative created these.

  27. 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? !!

  28. 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

  29. 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 :)

  30. klp on

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

  31. Marysol on

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

  32. Nicole on

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

  33. 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,

  34. 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.

  35. 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:

    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.

  36. Sandra McKenna on

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

  37. 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

  38. 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.

    • Leah Zerbe on

      Hi LeeAnne.

      Here’s a link to the full EWG report, where you can type in sunscreen names to see how they rated:

      It looks like No-Ad products EWG tested ranged from 3 to 7. (1-3 are considered the safest and most effective.)

    • 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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.

  42. Linda on

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

  43. 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!

Comments are closed.

More Beauty