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Like Batman and Robin or Thelma and Louise, skin cancer and sun exposure go hand in hand. Yet a full 80 percent of 1,700 sunscreens on the American market not only offer inadequate coverage but also contain “worrisome” ingredients, according to the Environmental Working Group, a research and public-health advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Its 2015 Sunscreen Guide—the nonprofit’s ninth—reveals a preponderance of trumped-up claims (SPF 70+, anyone?), questionable delivery methods, and hinky additives such as oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting sunscreen filter, and retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that promotes skin damage.

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HALL OF SHAME

Among the worst offenders? Neutrogena, which EWG singles out for its marketing hype and poor safety scores. Still, the so-called “#1 dermatologist recommended suncare brand” is hardly alone. EWG has named and shamed more than 30 sunscreens it says you need to eject from your beach bag…permanently.

11 WORST SPRAY SUNSCREENS

They may be convenient to apply, but aerosol sprays can pose serious inhalation risks. These spray-on sunscreens have SPFs above 50+, plus the harmful additives oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

  • Banana Boat Clear UltraMist Ultra Defense MAX Skin Protect Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 110
  • Coppertone Sport High Performance AccuSpray Sunscreen, SPF 70
  • Coppertone Sport High Performance Clear Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100+
  • CVS Clear Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100
  • CVS Sheer Mist Spray Sunscreen, SPF 70
  • CVS Sport Clear Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100+
  • CVS Wet & Dry Sunscreen Spray, SPF 85
  • Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunscreen Body Mist, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100+
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray, SPF 85+

12 WORST SUNSCREEN LOTIONS

These sunscreen lotions claim SPFs above 50+ while containing oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

  • Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
  • Coppertone Sport High Performance Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
  • Coppertone Sport High Performance Sunscreen, SPF 75
  • Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
  • Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70+
  • CVS Sport Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55
  • CVS Sun Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 100
  • CVS Sun Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Daily Liquid Sunscreen, SPF 70
  • NO-AD Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 60
  • NO-AD Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 85
  • Ocean Potion Protect & Nourish Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70

11 WORST SUNSCREENS FOR KIDS

These supposedly “kid-friendly” sunscreens have oxybenzone, retinyl palimtate, and SPFs above 50+. Even worse? They’re aerosol sprays, which can damage sensitive developing lungs.

  • Banana Boat Clear UltraMist Kids Max Protect & Play Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 110
  • Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70
  • Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
  • Coppertone Kids Wacky Foam Foaming Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 70+
  • Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70+
  • Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
  • Equate Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
  • Kroger Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70
  • Kroger Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Beach & Pool Sunblock Spray, SPF 70+
  • Up & Up Kid’s Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55

We’re not about to leave you hanging. For healthier alternatives, check out EWG’s ranking of the best sunscreens available for your money.

+ Environmental Working Group

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