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2017 List of Best (and Worst) Sunscreens, Moisturizers and Lip Balms

Every year, The Environmental Working Group tests over a thousand different sunscreen products on the market and reports on which ones are best for sun protection and which could be potentially harmful to your health.

This year's survey revealed that almost 3/4 of the products examined offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, or retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that may harm skin.

EWG found that in general, zinc- and titanium-based mineral sunscreens offer stable, lasting protection from UV rays without penetrating the skin the way their chemical counterparts do.

Here are a few of their eye opening findings:

  • 1/2 of sunscreens have such poor UVA protection that they would not be sold in Europe
  • despite scant evidence, the government still allows most sunscreens to claim they help prevent skin cancer.
  • Spray and powder sunscreens that may eventually damage lungs are still out there. The FDA is investigating their toxicity risks.


Where is your favorite sunscreen on the List?
Note that this year you can even do a search for your current products and see how they stack up.
EWG researchers have even broken down their recommendations into:

   > Best Beach & Sport Sunscreen
   > Best Moisturizers with Sunscreen
   > 19 Best Kids Sunscreens
   > Worst Kids Sunscreens
   > 42 Best Lip Balms
   > Sun Safety Tips

Local Company Rocks the Lists
Located in Longmont, Goddess Garden, consistently ranks high on the lists. We checked around and Pharmica is one of the few spots we found that carry these outstanding products.

Other Simple Tips

  • Hats, clothing and shade are still the most reliable skin protection
  • High SPF products, which protect against sunburn, often provide very little protection against UVA radiation.
  • Avoid products with oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting compound found in many sunscreens analyzed
  • Apply creams rather than sprays and powder
  • Use broad-spectrum sunscreens* with zinc, titanium dioxide, Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX; between SPF 30-50.