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Best, Worst Sunscreens and Lip Balms for Winter Sports

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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By Elaine Shannon, EWG Editor-in-Chief

Hitting the slopes this winter? Gnarly is for steeps and chutes, not faces.

Stuff those stockings with Environmental Working Group's best lip balms and sports sunscreens. Our ratings are based on performance and low content of suspected toxics.

5 Best Lip Balms

  1. Purple Prairie Botanicals sunstick lip balm, SPF 30
  2. UV Natural Sport Lip screen, SPF 30+
  3. UV Natural Lip screen, SPF 30+
  4. Fallene Cotz LipCotz, Ultra High Sun Protection, SPF 45
  5. SanRe Organic Skinfood Chocolate Kiss - Yummy Cocoa Day Lip Balm - SPF 15

5 Worst Lip Balms

  1. Revlon Moon Drops Lip Conditioner, SPF 6 (why so bad? oxybenzone, low spf, fragrance)
  2. Chapstick Lip Balm, SPF 4, Cherry (why so bad? low spf, fragrance)
  3. ChapStick Lip Balm, SPF 4, Strawberry (why so bad? low spf, fragrance)
  4. ChapStick Classic Spearmint with Skin Protectant/Sunscreen, SPF 4 (why so bad? low spf, fragrance)
  5. ChapStick Lip Balm, SPF 4, Spearmint (why so bad? low spf, fragrance)

10 Best Sunscreens

10 Worst sunscreens

  1. Coppertone Sport Sunblock Lotion, SPF 15 (why so bad? oxybenzone, low spf, fragrance)
  2. CVS Sport Sunblock Continuous Spray, SPF 15 (why so bad? oxybenzone, low spf, spray, fragrance)
  3. Coppertone ultraGuard Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 15 (why so bad? oxybenzone, low spf, spray, fragrance)
  4. Bahama Bo's Continuous Spray Sunblock, SPF 15 (why so bad? oxybenzone, low spf, spray, fragrance)
  5. Biore Pore Minimizing Lightweight Moisturizer, SPF 15 (why so bad? oxybenzone, low spf,fragrance)
  6. Headblade Headshade Oil Free Sunscreen, SPF 15 (why so bad? oxybenzone low spf, spray,fragrance)
  7. Coppertone Oil-Free Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 15 (why so bad? oxybenzone, low spf)
  8. Buzz Away Sunscreen Lotion with Citronella, SPF 15 (why so bad? oxybenzone, low spf)
  9. Coppertone ultraGuard Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 15 (why so bad? oxybenzone, low spf, fragrance)
  10. L'Occitane Ultra Moisturizing Care & Sunscreen, SPF 15 (why so bad? oxybenzone, low spf, fragrance)

Get the full list of best, worst and in-between sunscreen products (and the science behind it) in our 2009 Sunscreen Safety Report.

In fact, print our 1-page tip sheet and put it in the stocking along with our top picks. Lip balm is a perfect stocking stuffer - if it's safe.

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