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Safe Summer Sunscreen

We’re all pretty well-versed on the virtues of staving off sunburns during long beach days—but we didn’t always realize that sunscreens can harbor toxic ingredients. Vitamin A, otherwise known as Retinol Palmitate, can speed the development of skin tumors when exposed to sunlight, and Oxybenzone is an allergen. We also didn’t realize that we should skip (super-handy) sprays—even when the ingredients are seemingly less toxic—since they release nano-particles into the air which can then be inhaled. None of it’s as fun to think about as time in the sand, which is why we’ve done the legwork for you. Here, our favorite super-clean, safe sunscreens (with very low (i.e. good) ratings from the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database) that are easy to apply and don’t leave a ton of white residue behind.

Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Day Cream (SPF 40)

We’re long-time Supergoop! fans (and not just because of the name)—besides their all-over day cream, their eyelid sunscreen is brilliant.

EWG RATING: 2

Beautycounter Protect Face and All Over Sunscreen

Beautycounter Protect Face & All Over Sunscreen (SPF 30)

The face sunscreen is particularly nice: It’s completely sheer, meaning it leaves no trace of white behind (the body sunscreen is a bit thicker). Another bonus: This was engineered for the entire family, meaning it’s safe for kids, too.

EWG RATING: 1

La Roche

La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen (SPF 15)

This doubles as a daily moisturizer, which is great: Not only does it eliminate the need to apply a second product, but it makes it easier on the wallet, too.

EWG RATING: 2

COOLA

COOLA Suncare Plant UV Body & Face Moisturizer Sunscreen
(SPF 30)

We’re big fans of this plant-based line: It’s lightweight, non-greasy, and extra-moisturizing, earning it brownie points all around. The body and face sunscreens are great, plus they also do a sunscreen for babies.

EWG RATING: 1

For The Little Ones

Honest Company Sunscreen Stick (SPF 30) and Sunscreen (SPF 30)

These super-clean formulations are perfect for kids: They’re a little thicker/more visible than what you’d want to use on yourself, but when you’re trying to put sunscreen on a squirming toddler, you can see exactly what you’ve covered—and where you’ve missed. The price is really great, too.

EWG RATING: 0-1

BabyHampton Beach*Bum Sunscreen & Sunstick (SPF 30)

This brand-new launch wins points for its sweet packaging and its focus on safety: Started by a Hamptons-based mom of two, she was looking for a mineral alternative that wouldn’t put her kids’ health on the line, since they’re at the beach every day.

EWG RATING: 1

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