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Worried about what sunscreen to choose? Want to make sure it will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays? Last week we exposed the ugly truth behind suncreens and the manufacturing practices of brands’ suncreens. It left us with disappointment, but we’re determined to find the best sun protection for ourselves and those we love. The following is a list of products highly recommended based on the EWG research study, and we are loving too.


TRUKID SUNNY DAYS FACESTICK.jpgBest Sunscreen for Your Face: TruKid Sunny Days Sunscreen Facestick

Some sunscreens don’t work so well on the face— they’re opaque and may leave an unattractive white film behind. This facetick from TruKid smells great and goes on sheer, but still protects from the sun. We don’t recommend this for use under makeup— this is strictly for those days when you need specific protection for your face by the pool or on the beach when you’re wearing no makeup. $20.52



jane iredale lipdrink.jpgBest Lip Treatment with SPF: Jane Iredale LipDrink SPF 15

While most people are slathering their shoulders and noses, the lips are frequently forgotten. In fact, lower lips are highly susceptible to skin cancer since it is exposed the most. Let Jane Iredale’s LipDrink moisturize dry lips and protect them at the same time. We love the fresh lemon scent that keeps our spirits up in the heat of the season. $11.60



MARIE VERONIQUE ORGANICS CREME DE SOLEIL.jpgBest Facial Moisturizer SPF: Marie Verionique Organics Creme De Soleil, SPF 30+

This mineral-based formula, made with zinc oxide, offers complete protection against UVA/UVB rays. Using jojoba, red raspberry seed, and sea buckthorn oils in a green tea base to provide additional natural sun protection and anti-aging support, Creme De Soliel is non-comedogenic and recommended for all skin types. $44.99,



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Best Everyday Sunscreen: UV Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+

We love this sunscreen for its simplistic, yet effective, blend of ingredients. Green tea, grapeseed oil and natural Vitamin E offer anti-oxidant benefits to strengthen skin to fight against free-radicals. Water-resistant. $37.99,




california baby spf 30.gifBest Sunscreen for Your Kids: California Baby No Fragrance SPF 30+

Our kids love to go out and play, and that means loads of exposure to the sun. This sunscreen offers non-chemical, fragrance-free protection that is safe even for our littlest ones. We also love it because if we’re running low on our own product, this sunscreen works great for us too. $18.09,




fallene cotz.jpgBest Water-Resistant Sunscreen: Fallene Cotz Water Resistant Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin, SPF 58

When it’s time to hit the beach or cool off in the pool, a water-resistant sunscreen is important. They also work great for when you play outdoor sports and will be working up a sweat. Fallene Cotz has created a formula that will stand up in the water and is suitable for sensitive skin. Plus, it has the highest UVB protection out of all our product picks. $22.99,




solar sense clear zinc.jpgBest Drugstore Sunscreen: Solar Sense Clear Zinc Sport Stick for Face, SPF 45

We have relied on drugstore sunscreens to protect us (and our kids) for years. When we discovered that practically none of them made the grade when it came to the EWG study, we were beyond disappointed. One of the two we found to be in the recommended range without oxybenzone was Solar Sense Sport Stick. Thankfully, it’s safe and offers a high level of SPF to protect skin with a great price and convenience to boot. $3.82,

You slather on your SPF everyday thinking you’re doing what Martha Stewart would classify as “A Good Thing”; you’re protecting your skin, right? Wrong. You may think your sunscreen is doing its job, but the bad news is, it might not be working as hard as you think - and could even be bad for your skin.

According to a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG,, 3 out of 5 name-brand sunscreens “either don’t protect skin from sun damage or contain hazardous chemicals — or both.”

It turns out the FDA doesn’t require UVA filters (to block the progression of skin cancer and aging) in sunscreens, and most manufacturers have never included them, or provided little protection from them, in their formulations. The alarming fact is most sunscreens only protect from UVB, or sunburn radiation, even though a growing number of studies show that UVA rays (which penetrate the skin more deeply) are more harmful.

Hazardous chemicals, such as oxybenzone, are also not recommended to protect skin from the sun as it has been known to lead to allergic reactions, cell damage, disruption of the hormone system, and allowing for other harmful chemicals to penetrate into the skin.

Based on this EWG study, here are three popular sunscreen you may reconsider using:

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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 30

While this sunscreen provides a high UVB protection factor, the UVA protection is on the moderate side. In addition, this formula contains Oxybezone as one of its main skin-protecting ingredients, thus making it a possible health hazard.




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Coppertone ultraGuard Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 30

The higher SPF is appealing, as is the water-resistant formulation. This too, however, has a low UVA protection factor, contains oxybenzone and fragrance ingredients that my cause skin irritation or sever allergic reactions.




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Jason Naturals Cosmetics Sunbrellas: Complete Sunblock, SPF 26

Aside from its low SPF, this “natural” sunscreen contains oxybenzone and provides moderate protection from UVA and UVB radiation. On the positive side, it does contain zinc and titanium, two recommended ingredients for sun-protection.




EWG recommends the following three sunscreens based on their study:



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Soleo Organics Sunscreen Organic Chemical-Free Sunscreen, SPF 30+

This water-restiant formula contains 22% zinc-oxide and highly protects from UVA and UVB rays. It moisturizes skin with grapeseed and sunflower oils, and is suitable for babies, children and adults alike. $24,




Mexitan Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

No need to worry when using this highly-rated sunscreen. Hypoallergenic and eco-friendly, you’ll find 22.5% zinc-oxide and 6% titanium dioxide as its main ingredients. $19.95,




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Badger Balm Sunscreen SPF 30

This sunscreen is highly recommended for providing a truly high UVA/UVB protection. You can enjoy it knowing that it also contains certified organic extra virgin olive and jojoba oil, cocoa butter, and wild African Shea butter. $15.99,





See the entire list of sunscreens here.


By the end of the year, it will be easier to know which sunscreens give you the most protection; the FDA will be requiring an additional “star rating system” to be added to the normal SPF number on packaging. Ranking sunscreens from 1 to 4 stars, these ratings will be based on two tests that determine the effectiveness of a sunscreen’s UVA protection. These tests are similar to the SPF test that is used to determine the effectiveness of UVB protection. 

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Next: Find out our favorite sunscreens that made the grade

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DuWop Revolotion Bronzing Body Moisturizer is what those of us who use self-tanner call a cult classic. From its silky and smooth finish, to its ability to give a streak-free finish (not to mention its improved non-transfer formula), getting that summer glow is beyond easy with this stuff. 

Bonus: Revolotion contains SPF 15 to go along with the kiss of bronzing pigment and subtle shimmer. $28,

  BE sun proof fun.jpgMix and match to create your own beach beauty look with bareMinerals limited-edition 4-piece SPF 20 eyecolor kit, Sun Proof Fun. This collection of creamy 100% pure bareMinerals features four summery shades protect the delicate skin around your eyes from UVA/UVB sun damage, so you can be captivating in a more carefree way. Try foiling for high intensity color, or apply the shadows dry for a naturally gorgeous look.

Colors included:

.01 oz SPF 20 eyecolor in Sandcastle, a light warm toast

.01 oz SPF 20 eyecolor in Boardwalk, a milk chocolate cocoa

.01 oz SPF 20 eyecolor in Starfish, an iridescent apricot pink

.01 oz SPF 20 multi-tasking minerals in Well-Rested, a cream linen


Sun Proof Fun (a $44 value), $28,


May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and if you are into skincare as much as we are, you make protecting your skin priority #1. Excessive exposure to the sun is one of the main reasons for premature aging, but it is also the cause of more than 90% of skin cancer cases. The good news is that skin cancer is one of the more preventable types of cancer, so take a look at our top sun-protecting product picks (and one to help soothe skin after a day in the sun) that will keep you healthy and protected.


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Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45

We can’t help but get behind anything that makes protecting our skin simple and easy on-the-go. This transparent mineral powder, housed with a convenient brush applicator, works immediately to block out the sun’s harmful rays. It leaves our our faces shine-free and protected from sunburn and skin damage, no matter where we go. $30,





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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 70

This spray-on sunscreen is easy to use and very kid friendly. We find it much easier to spray the kids down, rather than fuss with a lotion-style formula. They think it’s fun, too. The mist dries quickly, is waterproof, sweat-proof and even sprays upside down. $9.99,





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Clinique Sun SPF 30 Face Cream

This amazing face cream from Clinique offers sun protection that dries to a matte finish. If you are prone to breakouts, there’s no need to stress because this is oil-free and even sensitive skin friendly. $17.50,




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Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30

This is one of our favorite sunscreens. Not only does it deliver maximum protection for our skin, but it smells fabulous (no “sunscreen” smell), fights off free-radicals, never leaves our skin super shiny (like other sunscreens sometimes do), and doesn’t clog our pores. Thank you Dr. Murad… $30,



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Oscar Blandi Sun-Shield Spray

Hair also needs to be protected from the sun, especially if it is color treated. Prevent color fade, or use as a styling aid, with this limited-edition spray, and let the “invisible shield” block out harmful UV rays. Formulated with Pro Vitamin B5 to strengthen, rich in vitamins A, D, and E to protect and avocado and jojoba oils to nourish, moisturize and condition hair. $20,



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Blistex Lip Tone SPF 15

Your lips are probably one area of your face you forget to protect, and wearing gloss or lipstick alone won’t give them protection unless it itself contains an SPF. Run this over your lips before applying you favorite lip color and you’ll not only create an even base for it to stick to, but you’ll also give no reason for the sun to cause any damage to your precious pout. $1.99,



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Korres Yoghurt Cooling Gel

Ideal after any day out in the sun, this ultra-cooling cream gel will provide its user with long-lasting freshness and comfort for the face and body. Yogurt, a natural source of lactose, proteins, and vitamins, hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging. Soothes sensitive skin too. $23.50,

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