We’re constantly waxing poetic about the importance of sunscreen, and although the Environmental Working Group believes SPF should be your last resort for sun protection, the non-profit organization still does an incredibly thorough job of finding the healthiest options among the most popular.
Each year, the EWG rates these products (1,000 to be exact) on 1-10 scale, according to a laundry list of factors, including its ability to provide both UVA and UVB protection, as well as whether it contains dangerous ingredients such as oxybenzone. 1 is the best rating, while 10 is not-so-good. And because the majority of stateside sunscreens don’t meet the stricter standards used in other parts of the world, only a small batch of brands usually make a 1 or 2 rating.
As noted by Allure, some brands tested this year have 1s across the board, while others have products that land on various ratings.
“Neutrogena’s tested products, for example, received top, mid-range, and low scores, with its Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray SPF 85+ receiving a 10 because of its spray format, ingredients, and SPF number.”
Below is a quick rundown of the most notable category 1 products in several categories:
Best Moisturizers With SPF:
Best Sports Sunscreens:
Best Lip Balms With SPF:
Dig into the full guide at EWG’s website.