Confused about which chemicals to avoid in your sunscreen? The Environmental Working Group, a consumer safety watchdog organization, just released its comprehensive buying guide. We’ve sorted through the findings to bring you the best sun-smart options that are free of harmful chemicals.
10The safest sunscreen for the beach
Consistently a top pick for best sunscreen, thinksport’s SPF 50+ sunscreen is waterproof for up to 80 minutes, doesn’t feel oily, and—most important—provides broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection thanks to a 20 percent dose of non-nano zinc oxide.
It’s that zinc oxide, a staple of mineral-based sunscreens, that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) particularly loves because it sits on top of the skin, acting as a physical barrier to the sun and reflecting away its harmful UV rays.
Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, are absorbed into the body, and chemicals like oxybenzone may cause hormone disruptions, biochemical, or cellular-level changes, and skin allergies.
Oxybenzone and octinoxate are also toxic to coral reefs, and Hawaii may soon ban the sale of sunscreens that contain them. Don’t miss these sunscreen mistakes you may not know you’re making.