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Choosing the right sunscreen for your kid is no easy feat, especially when there are dozens of options to choose from.
But according to a new study, nearly three quarters of products on the market don’t even work.
For their 11th annual sunscreen guide, researchers at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group evaluated the UV-ray protections, toxic ingredients and other health hazards in approximately 900 sunscreens, 500 SPF-labeled moisturizers and more than 100 lip products.
The group found 73 percent of the 880 tested sunscreens either contained “worrisome” ingredients or didn’t work as well as advertised.
Of the 239 beach and sport sunscreens given a green rating by EWG scientists, 49 products specifically marketed toward children (using terms such as “baby,” “kids,” “pediatric,” etc.), earned the highest EWG score (1).
If brands had multiple products with a score of 1, the researchers selected one for the list, prioritizing the fragrance-free versions, water resistant or “sport” formulations, because those tend to last longer on the skin.