Everyone loves spending time outside in the summer. And we all know how important it is to protect ourselves from the sun’s powerful rays. A good sunscreen can not only prevent sunburn but, most importantly, it can substantially decrease your risk of skin cancer. According to Stuart Zweibel, MD, PhD, a physician at White Plains Hospital Physician Associates-Westchester Dermatology and Mohs Surgery, people should look for a “broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater.” According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a leading non-profit environmental health and advocacy organization, these 8 sunscreens are the best-rated, most widely available options for both your skin and your wallet.
1. Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50
This sunscreen is specialized for a baby’s sensitive skin, made with natural oatmeal yet as light as water. It is free of parabens, dyes, phthalates and fragrance. Find it at Walmart for $10.97.
2. Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+
Also made for babies, this sun protectant is made from tomato seed oil, cranberry seed oil, sunflower seed oil and other natural ingredients. Find it at Target for $9.99.
3. Bare Republic Clearscreen Sunscreen Gel, Sport, SPF 30
This “ultra-lightweight gel” offers 80 minutes of sun protection with plant-based ingredients and a mango scent. Find it only at Target for $12.99.
4. Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, Baby, SPF 50
Made from Kukui nut oil, a nut that is typically found in Hawaii, this lotion brings sun safety without the typical whitening look. Find it only at Target for $15.29.
5. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Baby, SPF 30+
Recommended by dermatologists and pediatricians alike, Blue Lizard protects with water resistance and a bottle that changes color in the presence of harmful UV rays. Find it at Walmart for $14.98.
6. CeraVe Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 45
Free of parabens and sulfates, CeraVe contains ceramides to help your skin maintain and protect its natural barrier. Find it at CVS for $16.99.
7. Goddess Garden Organics Facial Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Made with antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients, Goddess Garden packs a natural formula into a light, lavender scented lotion. Find it at CVS for $11.79.
8. Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50
Neutrogena offers hypoallergenic and fragrance free sunscreen that is water resistant, paraben free and made with essential ceramides. Find it at Walmart for $10.97.