8 of the Best Sunscreens for Summer 2017 -- and the 8 of the Absolute Worst

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Sunscreen shopping can be, in a word, overwhelming. The options are endless, the prices often vary wildly, and it can be tough to keep up with all of the various concerns about a product that is supposed to protect (as opposed to harm!) you. Thankfully, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) comes out with an annual guide to sunscreens, in which it breaks down the latest trends and red flags to hit shelves. 

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This year, researchers were struck by just how ineffective so many sun protection products actually are. "It is surprising that nearly three quarters of the products we evaluated did not make our grade for sun protection and the avoidance of worrisome ingredients," David Andrews, PhD, EWG senior scientist, tells CafeMom. 

One the other hand, Andrews notes that there were two positive takeaways for summer 2017: There are more safe, mineral (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide vs. chemicals like oxybenzone) sunscreen products on the market, and the use of vitamin A or retinyl palmitate has been drastically reduced since 2010.

Here, 8 of the best picks and 8 of the worst, according to the EWG's deep dive.

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