20 Under-$20 Sunscreens With Safety Approval From the Environmental Working Group

Jun 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET
20 Under-$20 Sunscreens
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We often look at sunscreen as an optional extra in our beauty routines, but if the staggering statistics regarding skin cancer are any indication, we simply have to change our outlook. When we’re not shielding our faces with hats, finding shade or simply avoiding direct sunlight, we should be slathering ourselves in SPF. At the same time, we also realize that not all formulas are created equal. And for that, we have organizations like the Environmental Working Group to thank for steering us toward the safest ones.

Every year, the EWG publishes an extensive sunscreen guide based on in-depth testing of 1,000 sunscreen products across a wide range of categories, including the number of worrisome ingredients and whether or not there’s an adequate balance of UVA and UVB protection. Each product is graded on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best.

This year, less than one-third of the products tested garnered a 1 or 2 rating. And while we’re happy to have that very small pool of options, this also serves as a reminder of the work that still needs to be done. A huge number of products sold stateside continue to include harmful ingredients such as the chemical oxybenzone (an allergen and hormone disruptor) yet claim to help prevent skin cancer — blame our super-lax FDA regulations.

The 1-rated sunscreens on EWG’s list are mostly natural and mineral-based, which means they don’t absorb completely into the skin and literally act like a mirror, reflecting UV rays away from the body. And because we don’t believe sun protection should come at a steep price, we’re highlighting the best under-$20 options ahead.

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /20: Kabana Organic Skincare Green Screen SPF 35

Kabana Organic Skincare Green Screen Sunscreen SPF 35
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1/20 :Kabana Organic Skincare Green Screen SPF 35

2 /20: True Natural Sunscreen Ultra Protect 50

True Natural Ultra Protect SPF 50 Antioxidant Sunscreen
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2/20 :True Natural Sunscreen Ultra Protect 50

3 /20: Waxhead Zinc Oxide Sunscreen

Waxhead Zinc Oxide Sunscreen
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3/20 :Waxhead Zinc Oxide Sunscreen

4 /20: All Good Sport Sunscreen SPF 30

All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Lotion
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4/20 :All Good Sport Sunscreen SPF 30

5 /20: Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
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5/20 :Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30

6 /20: Badger SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream With Clear Zinc

Badger SPF 30 Clear Zinc Sunscreen
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6/20 :Badger SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream With Clear Zinc

7 /20: Caribbean Sol Sol Guard SPF 30

Caribbean Sol Sol Guard SPF 30
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7/20 :Caribbean Sol Sol Guard SPF 30

8 /20: Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Sunscreen

Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion
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8/20 :Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Sunscreen

9 /20: Hawaiian Sol SolGuard SPF 50

Hawaiian Sol Sol Guard SPF 50
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9/20 :Hawaiian Sol SolGuard SPF 50

10 /20: Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen
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10/20 :Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

11 /20: Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
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11/20 :Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

12 /20: Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Thinksport Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+
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12/20 :Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen

13 /20: Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50

Bare Republic Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick
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13/20 :Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50

14 /20: Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Sensitive
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14/20 :Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive

15 /20: BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen SPF 30

BurnOut Ocean Tested Sunscreen SPF 30+
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15/20 :BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen SPF 30

16 /20: Zeb's Organics Sunscreen SPF 30

Zeb's Organic Sunscreen SPF 30
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16/20 :Zeb's Organics Sunscreen SPF 30

17 /20: Tropical Sands SPF 50 Unscented Mineral Sunscreen

Tropical Sands SPF 50 Unscented Mineral Sunscreen
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17/20 :Tropical Sands SPF 50 Unscented Mineral Sunscreen

18 /20: Butterbean Organics Original Healthy Sunscreen SPF 30

Butterbean SPF 30 Original Formula Sunscreen
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18/20 :Butterbean Organics Original Healthy Sunscreen SPF 30

19 /20: Kabana Organic Skincare Bali Bloc Surfscreen SPF 30

Kabana Bali Bloc SPF 30 Raw Cocoa Sunscreen Stick
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19/20 :Kabana Organic Skincare Bali Bloc Surfscreen SPF 30

20 /20: Poofy Organics "The" Sunscreen

Poofy Organics "The" Sunscreen
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20/20 :Poofy Organics "The" Sunscreen