With summer officially in full swing, it’s time to get serious about sun protection. And just in case you forgot to put it on your shopping or packing list (who doesn’t?), the Environmental Working Group (EWG) scoured the stores and their database to round up the best lotions at the best prices—all conveniently available at major drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.
The EWG rates products on a 0-10 scale (0 being the best) based on:
All of the products listed below were given a score between 0-2, which means they are “low hazard” based on the EWG’s standards. To see how your favorite sunscreen stacks up, visit ewg.org for more information.
Made with zinc oxide and soothing oatmeal, this one is great for picky skin types that usually get inflamed or irritated.
This mineral formula is waterproof for up to 80 minutes, so you don’t have to worry about tracking the kids down to relather ever 10 minutes.
This super lightweight formula dries quickly and won’t leave a white film. It also has a natural scent of coconut and mango—delicious!
This sensitive skin sunscreen provides broad spectrum UV protection but also includes aloe, shea butter, and chamomile extract to help soothe and calm skin.
This paraben- and fragrance-free formula is great at protecting skin, but your kids will love the color changing bottle.
Not only is this formula hypoallergenic, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and fragrance-free, but it also contains three types of ceramides (skin naturally contains them to create a moisture barrier) to keep skin hydrated.
This mineral formula contains antioxidants like green tea to help protect against environmental factors. Plus, it goes on super sheer—perfect for applying under makeup or wearing alone.
This water-resistant and fragrance-free, zinc-based formula promises no tears, which equals happy parents.