Every year the Environmental Working Group publishes its list of the safest sunscreens on the market. Why is this important to know? Because the majority of sunscreen products in the country actually contain cancer-causing ingredients. It’s insidious that products claiming to prevent skin cancer contain known carcinogens, but the onus is on us, the consumers, to know better.
This year Ken Cook at the EWG had some good news to share about sunscreens:
Remarkable things can happen when you shed light on sunscreen (pun intended). Seven years ago, every single Coppertone sunscreen we analyzed failed. Now, we can recommend four Coppertone products – products with good UV protection and fewer toxicity concerns. Now, that’s what I call market change.
See the EWG’s 2013 Guide to Sunscreens here.
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You can try some of the do it yourself natural sunscreens.
I came across one that had coconut oil as its main ingredient, and its what the pacific islanders only used.
Or just youtube natural sunscreens instead
Hope this helps your little one!
Sigh. Every year a new list. I can’t keep up. My kid freckles and burns. We need sunscreen. She hates the smell of most of them, and few go on pleasantly (in my experience, good sunscreens feel like grit going on). I have one that works for her and she will actually put it on. Alas, it’s not on this list. So what do I do? It’s either the Neutrogena one or nothing. I have to pick my battles.
Good resource, though. I’d have bookmarked it, but I bookmark Effortless Eating. 🙂