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10 Best Sunscreens

With summer upon us and temperatures on the rise, sunscreen is an absolute necessity to protect you and your family from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation. Here are our top 10 best sunscreens for the entire family.
10 Best Sunscreens

With summer upon us and temperatures on the rise, sunscreen is an absolute necessity to protect you and your family from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation. More than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

While many brand name sun protection products are marketed as "broad spectrum" and/or specifically for "babies" and "kids," they may not actually provide adequate protection against both UVA and UVB rays and/or may contain harmful chemicals that can do more harm than good.

The best resource to evaluate sunscreen options is the Environment Working Group's 2014 Guide to Sunscreens. There’s even an iPhone App you can download from iTunes and consult while you're shopping.

EWG is a non-profit organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the area of toxic chemicals. Each year it releases a sunscreen guide recommending mineral sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide rather than the often heavily marketed chemical formulas. Chemical sunscreens can contain potential hormone disruptors and are less likely to protect sufficiently against harmful UVA rays, which is particularly harmful to children and those with sensitive skin.

Nearly 200 sun protection products made this year's recommended list, which is encouraging. I narrowed it down further to my top 10 best sunscreens for the entire family based on personal experience, price, and accessibility (in alphabetical order):

1. Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sport Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 40

2. Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30+

3. Badger Sport Sunscreen Cream, Unscented, SPF 35 

4. California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+

5. Goddess Garden Sunny Face Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30

6. Kiss My Face Kids Natural Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30

7. Sunology Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

8. The Honest Company Sunscreen, SPF 30

9. thinkbaby sunscreen, SPF 50+

10. True Natural All Natural Zinc 30 Baby & Family Sunscreen, SPF 30

Sunscreen alone isn't enough to protect you and your family against UV rays but it is a major part of a complete sun protection plan which should also include: limiting time in the sun and covering up with long sleeves, a hat, and sunglasses as much as possible. Follow all sunscreen application and reapplication instructions and remember that babies under six months old should be kept out of the sun altogether. As always, contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

Best wishes for a safe and healthy summer!

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