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Natural Sunscreen

Find the best natural and reliable sunscreen for your summer fun.
By Gina Souders
July 2008 Web
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Solar Rx Therapeutic Sunblock SPF 30 from Keys Soap is recommended as the safest sunscreen on the market by the Environmental Working Group.

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As summer heats up don’t forget to protect your skin. More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, so it’s important to use protection while enjoying the sunny weather.

Choose wisely; a recent study by the Environmental Working Group found that not every sunscreen on the market is reliable.

Of nearly 1,000 name brand sunscreens on the market, only 1 out of 5 provides enough protection, the EWG’s Sunscreen Investigation found. The organization compiled a list of the safest sunscreen products available. Here are their top five:

1. Keys Soap Solar Rx Therapeutic Sunblock SPF 30: This nontoxic, all natural, cosmetic sunblock is not recommended for sun bathing, playing sports or swimming. Made for every day use, this product is not waterproof but adds a 16 percent concentration of uncoated nano-zinc oxide to provide UVA-UVB protection. ($26.95)

2. TruKid Sunny Days Natural Mineral Sunscreen Water Resistant Face and Body Stick SPF 30: The ingredients are all certified organic and include beeswax, aloe vera, rosemary, coconut oil and shea butter. ($10)

3. California Baby No Fragrance SPF 30 Sunblock Stick: It contains organic ingredients and is a chemical-, fragrance- and PABA-free product that offers UVA-UVB broad spectrum protection. ($12.99)

4. Badger Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB Protection SPF 30: This contains at least 60 percent certified organic ingredients and is a physical barrier sunscreen that contains more than 20 percent zinc oxide. ($16)

5. Marie Veronique Skin Therapy Sun Serum Duet: A greaseless, anti-oxidant powder blend, this serum is chemical-free and contains 20 percent zinc oxide. ($99)

If none of these products seem like they will work for you, look for sunscreens that have at least 7 percent zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for better protection. Avoid using sunscreens with added bug repellents to keep your skin from absorbing pesticides. Just remember to use a SPF 30 or higher.  

More about eco-friendly skin care

• Find out which five ingredients to avoid when buying summer skin care products.

• Dry skin? Check out Natural Home's review of Beyond Organic Detoxifying Cleanser.

• Did you know the FDA doesn't evaluate ingredients in beauty products? Read about two watchdog groups' campaign for safer beauty products.

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