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 then:
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.
The 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.
I must be physic this year – or just super cool
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.
- Alba Botanica SunBlock, Mineral protection, Kids SPF 30 – $3.01 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 some 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!