Not All Kids' Sunscreens Are Safe: 14 of the Best & Worst Products on the Market

Liz Alterman | May 26, 2016 Parenting News

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With summer fast approaching, it's time to replenish your sunscreen supply. But before you do, you'll want to know which products are safest and most effective -- especially when it comes to protecting the kids. The Environmental Working Group released its list of best and worst sunscreens for kids, and we're betting you've used at least a few of these brands. So before you head to the beach or pool, check your products carefully.

Sonya Lunder, EWG senior analyst, tells CafeMom that one red flag to watch out for is super high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) levels. Why? Those big numbers offer a false sense of security, and parents don't apply as liberally or as often as they should. 

"SPF values between 15 and 50 are good, but the best are between 30 to 50," she says, adding that it's important to reapply every two hours.

EWG also told us which chemicals to watch out for. Check out their recommendations for which ones to buy and which to avoid, for a safe, fun summer!



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