EWP’s 2013 Guide to Sunscreen

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Summer is just a month away, officially beginning this year on June 21st; MKRS Law wants to help you get a head start on beating the heat (not the Miami Heat, of course). The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just released its 2013 Guide to Sunscreens, which rates over 1,400 sunscreens, cosmetics, moisturizes and lip balms for their safety and efficiency.

Over the years, the FDA has worked to make sure that labeling rules were more strict on SPF products. A new requirement is to identify sunscreens that are actually “broad spectrum,” meaning they protect against both UVB and UVA rays. Those that don’t must carry a “skin cancer/skin aging alert.” Another requirement is that if it claims to be water- resistant, then the product must say when the sunblock should be reapplied (for example, every 80 minutes).

MKRS Law measures up to those regulations with our very own version of “The Best Defense” in SPF and law.

Check out a list of the best and worst.

EWG’s List of Worst Sunscreens:

Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 110
Banana Boat Ultra Defense Max Skin Protect Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 110
CVS Clear Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100
CVS Kids Wet & Dry Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70
Neutrogena Wet Skin Spray Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 85+
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 100+
Rite Aid Renewal Extreme Sport Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 70
Rite Aid Renewal Kids Wet Skin Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 70

EWG’s List of Best Sunscreens (with average prices):

Coppertone Kids Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 ($10)
CVS Baby Sun Lotion Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 50 ($8)
Sunbow Dora the Explorer Sunscreen, SPF 30 ($10)
Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30 ($12)
Coral Safe Broad Spectrum Face Stick, SPF 30
Jason Pure Natural Sun Mineral Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive, SPF 30+
Tropical Sands Sunscreen, SPF 50
Absolutely Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30
Aubrey Organics Natural Sun Sunscreen, Green Tea, SPF 30+ ($11)

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