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.
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:
- Panama Jack Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 85
- Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen, SPF 60+
- Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+
- Neutrogena Age Shield Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 110
- GM Collin Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 60
- Banana Boat Ultra Defense MAX Skin Protect Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100
- Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
- Banana Boat Sport Performance Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100
- Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
- Banana Boat Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100
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: