Summer Savvy: Sunscreen

As you’ve no doubt heard, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently came out with their 2016 Guide to Sunscreens. Armed with this new information, i took a trip to Target. Here’s some of what i found:

Target-Sunscreens• Goddess Garden – Ratings from 1-3 – Link

• Coppertone – Ratings from 3-7 – Link
Worth noting: We often used the Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 last year, which is a 3, and were happy with it. The Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70+ is on the Worst Sunscreens list and comes in at a 7. They all look very similar packaging-wise though, so it’s worth double-checking to make sure you got the one that has the lowest score.

• Bare Republic – Ratings from 3-6 – Link

• Banana Boat Kids – Ratings from 6-10 – Link


Based on the ratings, i opted to buy the Goddess Garden line (Target was offering a $5 gift card with the purchase of sunscreen, so that helped price-wise). The spray (3) is not quite as safe as the lotion (1), and there are many concerns that children will inhale spray sunscreens accidentally during application. However, we’ve found the sprays to be easier to apply when it comes to legs and feet. We never use them above the waist. (At least on the kids, my husband is a fan of the spray for his bald spot.)

Other lines readily available at Target:

• Alba – Ratings from 2-5 – Link

• Aveeno – Ratings from 2-7 – Link
Worth noting: Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Lotion Sunscreen is a 7.

• Babyganics – Ratings from 1-3 – Link

• California Baby – Ratings from 1-2 – Link

• Neutrogena – Ratings from 3-10 – Link
Worth noting: Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen is a 10 — yikes!

For a full listing of the EWG’s Best Sunscreens:

And for the EWG’s Worst Sunscreens:

Remember, your first line of defense against harmful UV rays is to stay covered. Hats, sunglasses, clothing, and shade in general are always your best bets when trying to reduce exposure.

Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist or medically-trained in any way, this post is based strictly on research i’ve done online, as well as my own opinion. This post is also not sponsored, any links included are for reference purposes only. If you have questions, please consult with your doctor or dermatologist.


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