Here comes the sun! Which means it’s time to slather on the sunscreen.
It’s confusing to figure out which products are the best and safest to buy for your kids, so, every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out a list of their top-rated lotions and sticks. (You won’t find any sprays on the list, as the EWG doesn’t recommend them because they can be inhaled and don’t cover skin completely.)
To make their list, the EWG examines products that have a green rating for ingredient hazards and UV protection, and would meet 2019 FDA proposed standards. The EWG also filtered out products with ingredients they considered problematic, like formaldehyde-releasing chemicals. One ingredient that is not found in any of their approved products is oxybenzone.
“It is surprising that oxybenzone is still used in many products on the market, since there are known health hazards associated with this ingredient, such as skin sensitization and hormone disruption, and it is easily absorbed through the skin," Carla Burns, who led the 2019 EWG research, told Popsugar.
The study also provides lots of common sense guidelines for sunscreen use:
- Make sure to follow product warnings for sunscreens on infants younger than 6 months old. Most manufacturers advise against using sunscreens on infants, or advise parents and caregivers to consult a doctor first.
- Test sunscreen by applying a small amount on the inside of your child’s wrist the day before you plan to use it.
- Avoid midday sun. Take walks in the early morning or late afternoon.
- Apply plenty of sunscreen and reapply it often, especially if your child is playing in the water or sweating a lot. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests about one ounce of sunscreen per application for a child.
- The EWG says the best sunscreen is a hat and shirt.
Read on for 10 of EWG’s top sunscreens for 2019.