excerpted from EWG Sunscreen Guide*
There are a lot of sunscreens on the market: some good, some bad and then the shameful.
Those in the last category are not only a waste of money and time but also potentially harmful. Here are our picks for products to banish from your beach bag.
Spray sunscreens can be inhaled, and they don’t cover skin completely.
SPF values above 50+ try to trick you into believing they’ll prevent sun damage. Don’t trust them. SPF protection tops out at 30 to 50.
Oxybenzone can disrupt the hormone system.
Retinyl palmitate may trigger damage, possibly cancer.
*The EWG Sunscreen Guide rates the safety and efficacy of sunscreens, daily moisturizers, lip products and SPF-rated makeup.