Protecting yourself from sun protection

Badger sunscreenThe headlines are everywhere: Not only is the sun hurting you, but your sunscreen is now a partner in crime. Whether you fear nanoparticles, retinoids, or hormone disruptors, it’s easy to spend twenty minutes in the sunscreen aisle drooling in frustration. But you don’t have to fear your children’s sunscreen any longer, thanks to this dandy list:

The Environmental Working Group’s checking
with EWG
is a good idea when you’re searching for a new product,
because their easy rating system tells you exactly how safe the product
components are for your body and the earth. But when it comes to
sunscreen–including lip balm, make-up, and moisturizer with
SPF–they’ve already compiled the
ultimate sunscreen list
. You can also search for a product, view
the Hall of Shame, and read up on surprising sunscreen
facts
backed by recent research. And you can be sure the
recommended sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays and are
free from the worst chemicals.

Good ratings go to CMP favorites California
Baby
and Trukid,
with top ratings to a brand called Badger
sunblock
. Unfortunately, they don’t cover every brand, such as our
beloved Supergoop and Little
Twig
, but you can check the ingredients yourself, armed with EWG
knowledge.

Just don’t forget to take the ratings with a grain of
salt–some otherwise great products get dinged for having fragrance,
which–ahem–some of us like. Still, any tool to keep us cool in the
pool with a grin and safe skin is a big ol’ win.~Delilah

Find the results of the
2010 Sunscreen Guide online through the Environmental Working Group

Delilah

Senior Associate Editor Delilah S. Dawson puts the chic in geek. Ask her anything about Star Wars. Really.

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