Sunscreen brands to avoid, according to health experts

It's finally the time of year to whip out the sunscreen and head to the lake. But you might want to take a closer look at the bottle before you put it on your kiddos.  

According to experts at the Environmental Working Group, some sunscreen’s contain chemicals that could be putting your child in danger. 

The first on the list is Banana Boat Kids Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100. 

The reason for this is because it doesn’t protect you as well as it claims; exposing you to more ultraviolet rays than you are lead to believe. Plus, there is concern over inhaling the airborne chemicals used in the sunscreen.

The next is Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+.  

This product uses a chemical known as methylisothiazolinone, which is not only linked to skin allergens, but is also banned in Europe for leave-on products.

The last of the top 3 sunscreens to avoid is Panama Jack Sports Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 85.

This sunscreen not only contains methylisothiazolinone but another chemical known as oxybenzone, which is linked to disrupting hormone production.

Using a product that is designed to help you but harms you instead have left many people surprised. 

"Everybody uses, or is supposed to use sunscreen, and it’s kinda like… now we’re learning it’s maybe bad for you." 

"I… did not know that. Actually, I’ve never heard that."

"Probably a little bit nervous. I’m going to watch what I buy from now on I think." 

These are just a handful of the reactions received when people were told about the harmful effects of sunscreen on kids. 

Alternative sunscreens to use are:

• Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Lotion Sunscreen

• Sensitive Skin, SPF 50

• Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream

• Tangerine & Vanilla, SPF 30

• Tom’s of Maine Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

Follow the link for a full list of  safe sunscreens: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/best-kids-sunscreens/#.WxVGjEgvy3c 

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