The newly released Environmental Working Group‘s (EWG’s) 2014 guide to safer sunscreens has a new goal: to encourage consumers to take charge when it comes to sun safety. As always, the EWG’s 8th annual guide to sunscreens offers shoppers an easy-to-use, searchable online database of the safest, most effective sun protection products. However, because rates of skin cancer are rising, not declining, this year EWG has also launched a Sun Safety Campaign. According to the new campaign, “More than 2 million Americans develop skin cancer each year. [Plus more] Americans are being diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, at steadily spiraling rates. Over the past 35 years the rate of new melanoma cases among American adults has tripled, from 7.89 per 100,000 population in 1975 to 23.57 in 2010.” According to the new safe sunscreen guide, a full 2/3 of the sunscreens analyzed by EWG researchers don’t work well enough or contain ingredients that may be toxic. In good news, the 2014 guide shows that there are more safe zinc- and titanium- based mineral sunscreens on the market than ever before, and these choices do offer stable, lasting protecting from UV rays without penetrating the skin with horrid chemicals. Keep reading to see some of EWG’s top 2014 picks for safe sunscreens.

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EWG has included some handy sunscreen DON’TS within their guide this year. Some tips include: avoid spray sunscreen and sunscreen/bug repellent combos, never use tanning oils, sunscreen powders and towelettes are useless, retinyl palmitate may speed development of skin tumors and lesions, and high SPFs (SPF 50 or higher) are not your friend. 149 beach & sport sunscreens met EWG’s criteria this year. Some of their picks for the safest, most effective sunscreens of 2014 include:

  1. Badger Sunscreen Cream, Unscented, SPF 15
  2. True Natural All Natural Active 30 Antioxidant Sunscreen, Unscented, SPF 30
  3. Alba Botanica Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30
  4. Purple Prairie Botanicals Sun Stuff Lotion, Unscented, SPF 30
  5. All Terrain TerraSport Lotion, SPF 30
  6. California Baby Everyday/Year-Round Sunscreen, SPF 30+
  7. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30
  8. The Honest Company Sunscreen, SPF 30
  9. Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Sunscreen with Hydresia, SPF 40
  10. Beyond Coastal Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30

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