Okay, I know I’ve practically discussed sunscreen to death over the last couple of weeks here at Growing a Green Family, but I do have some big and useful news from EWG.
First a quick recap of my mindset this year…
- I’ve been complaining about how “safe” sunscreen is too expensive.
- By “too expensive” I mean $4,000-$18,000 a year – seriously, for sunscreen?
- So, I posted my own “safe list” PLUS my picks for best safe sunscreens of the year.
What happened next…
I’ve gotten some emails, along with comments on Facebook from folks who feel I shouldn’t encourage people to use less expensive sunscreen because it’s not safe. Which I totally get and will comment more on later. However, for now, what I will continue to say is that I cannot in good conscious, tell families to use $6 per oz sunscreen. That’s nuts.
Anyhow, today I saw that EWG released their brand new 2012 safe sunscreen guide. It came out earlier this year than I expected (I swear I thought it usually came out in June or July). I went to take a look and again, many of the sunscreens on the 2012 list are costly.
Some AWESOME news!
This is the cool part – after visiting EWG, I hit Google and saw that Yahoo! Shine released a list with some affordable sunscreen suggestions from EWG for 2012. I popped back over to the EWG to confirm, but couldn’t find the affordable list posted at their site. I emailed EWG to double check about the safe affordable list and they confirmed that they did indeed release that list to Shine.
I think the affordable list should be on the main safe sunscreen site, but having a list of affordable sunscreens at all is better than nothing. The list that EWG provided Yahoo! Shine contains 15 affordable but still safe and recommended sunscreens.
EWG and I also agreed on a couple of others, including Purple Prairie SunStuff SPF 30 and Nature’s Gate – although they picked Nature’s Gate Aqua Block Sunscreen Lotion, Fragrance-Free, SPF 50, while I chose Nature’s Gate Mineral Sportblock SPF 20.
As for EWG’s other top safe and still affordable picks this year, choices include…
- Babyganics Cover Up Baby Sunscreen For Face and Body 50 SPF – $1.79 per oz.
- Sunbow Dora the Explorer Sunscreen, Pink, SPF 30 – $2.59 per oz.
- Solbar Shield SPF 40 – $2.85 per oz.
- Caribbean Solutions SPF 25 Sol Kid Kare Biodegradable Sunscreen – $2.51 per oz
- Tropical Sands SPF 30 All Natural Water Resistant Sunscreen – $2.33 per oz.
- Baby UV/Kids UV Color Me Blue Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 – $2.74 per oz.
- Baby UV/Kids UV Color Me Pink Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 – $2.74 per oz.
- Blue Lizard SPF#30+ Face Australian Sunscreen – $3.66 per oz.
- Healing-Scents Live Long Mineral-Based Sunscreen, SPF 25 – $2.56 per oz.
- Hara Sport SPF 30 – $1.74 per oz.
- Vanicream Sunscreen Sport, Spf 35 – $3.51 per oz.
According to EWG all of these affordable sunscreens have the following features:
- Good, stable sun protection
- Fewest ingredients with toxicity concerns. Do not contain the worst offenders: retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone.
- No sprays or powders
- No SPF values above 50+
As you can see some of the EWG safe affordable sunscreens still cost a bit more than many families can afford, but the list is extensive enough that you should be able to find a good sunscreen you CAN afford with this list. I think it’s great that EWG has released an affordable list this year!