The Safest (and Most Toxic) Sunscreens of 2017

Pick the best sunscreens for your whole family by following the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) latest guide.

May 23, 2017
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The temperatures are rising, vacations are scheduled, and the beaches are calling your name, so with summer just around the corner, it's time to stock up on all beach-ready gear to get you and your family set for a safe season. 

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Luckily, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its 2017 Guide to Sunscreens, representing the best—and worst—products on the market today. 

"The consensus among scientists is that sunscreens alone cannot reverse this trend [of the rising rate of melanoma diagnoses]," the report states. "Yet a good sunscreen can play a role in preventing sunburns that are a major risk factor for melanoma—provided you use it correctly."

And that protection starts with your first step: eliminating the following "worst" sunscreens from your list, according to the EWG:

Now, for the good news. Through testing, the EWG found 239 beach and sport sunscreens that meet its criteria. For the full list, head to EWG.org, and check out these Rodale Wellness-approved picks below: 

All Terrain TerraSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
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All Terrain TerraSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
ATTITUDE Family 100% Mineral Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30
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ATTITUDE Family 100% Mineral Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30

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Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sport Stick Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30
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Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sport Stick Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30
Badger Sunscreen Cream, Unscented, SPF 30
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Badger Sunscreen Cream, Unscented, SPF 30
Bare Belly Organics Sunscreen, SPF 30
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Bare Belly Organics Sunscreen, SPF 30
 
 
Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Stick, Sport, SPF 50
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Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Stick, Sport, SPF 50
Beyond Coastal Natural Lip & Face Screen, SPF 31
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Beyond Coastal Natural Lip & Face Screen, SPF 31
BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen, SPF 30
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BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen, SPF 30
 
 
California Baby Everyday/Year-round Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30+
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California Baby Everyday/Year-round Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30+
COOLA Suncare Sport Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50
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COOLA Suncare Sport Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50
Dr. Mercola Sunscreen, SPF 30
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Dr. Mercola Sunscreen, SPF 30
 
 
Goddess Garden Organics Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
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Goddess Garden Organics Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Kabana Organic Skincare Green Screen Sunscreen, Original, SPF 32
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Kabana Organic Skincare Green Screen Sunscreen, Original, SPF 32
Kiss My Face Organics Face & Body Sunscreen, SPF 30
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Kiss My Face Organics Face & Body Sunscreen, SPF 30
 
 
MyChelle Sun Shield, Unscented, SPF 28
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MyChelle Sun Shield, Unscented, SPF 28
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 30
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Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 30
Raw Elements USA Eco Formula Tin, SPF 30
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Raw Elements USA Eco Formula Tin, SPF 30
 
 
The Honest Company Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 50+
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The Honest Company Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 50+
Tom's of Maine Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
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Tom's of Maine Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Tropical Sands Sunscreen, SPF 50
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Tropical Sands Sunscreen, SPF 50
 
 
Vanicream Sunscreen, SPF 30
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Vanicream Sunscreen, SPF 30
Waxhead Sun Defense Tinted Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30
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Waxhead Sun Defense Tinted Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30
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