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Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

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CATEGORY

recreational sunscreens

BRAND

Cetaphil

DATA LAST UPDATED

June 25, 2024

Health Concerns

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • HIGH
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • HIGH
    Use Restrictions

Efficacy Concerns

  • Caution We have flagged this product with 1 concerns
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    Sunscreens can break down while still in the bottle. To be safe dispose of products when the mixture clumps or separates.

  • moderate
    UVA/UVB Balance

Ingredient Scores

Ingredients are scored based on their formulation and concentration in this product. Click on an ingredient for more information.

Zinc Oxide(Sunscreen Grade) active ingredient 9%
Data Availability: Good
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CONCERNS Cancer (low), Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low), Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate), Use restrictions (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), Ecotoxicology (low), Occupational hazards (moderate), Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)
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Zinc Oxide(Sunscreen Grade) active ingredient 7%
Data Availability: Good
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CONCERNS Cancer (low), Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low), Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate), Use restrictions (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), Ecotoxicology (low), Occupational hazards (moderate), Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)
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WATER
Data Availability: Robust
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ISOHEXADECANE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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BUTYLOCTYL SALICYLATE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (moderate), Endocrine disruption (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low), Contamination concerns (SALICYLIC ACID)
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CETYL DIMETHICONE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), Contamination concerns (CYCLOPENTASILOXANE and CYCLOTETRASILOXANE)
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Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (low), Contamination concerns (METHACRYLIC ACID, ACRYLIC ACID, and 2-ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE)
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OLIVE OIL POLYGLYCERYL-6 ESTERS
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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SORBITAN OLIVATE
Data Availability: None
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SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
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VP/ EICOSENE COPOLYMER
Data Availability: Fair
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CETEARYL ALCOHOL
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
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CETEARYL OLIVATE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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CETYL PALMITATE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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SORBITAN PALMITATE
Data Availability: Fair
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DIMETHICONE PEG-8 LAURATE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Contamination concerns (CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CYCLOTETRASILOXANE, ETHYLENE OXIDE, and 1,4-DIOXANE)
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CERAMIDE NP
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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CERAMIDE AP
Data Availability: Limited
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CERAMIDE EOP
Data Availability: Limited
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CHOLESTEROL
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
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PHYTOSPHINGOSINE
Data Availability: Limited
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HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID
Data Availability: Limited
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BENZYL ALCOHOL
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (high), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low), Occupational hazards (high)
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BISABOLOL
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate), Enhanced skin absorption
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DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (low)
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PROPANEDIOL
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Cancer (low), Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low), Enhanced skin absorption, Endocrine disruption (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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XANTHAN GUM
Data Availability: Fair
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ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
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SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE
Data Availability: None
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CARBOMER
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low), Contamination concerns (METHACRYLIC ACID, ACRYLIC ACID, and BENZENE)
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TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Cancer (low), Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low), Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate), Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
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DISODIUM EDTA
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Enhanced skin absorption, Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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STEARIC ACID
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
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TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Endocrine disruption (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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CITRIC ACID
Data Availability: Good
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (moderate)
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MALTODEXTRIN
Data Availability: Limited
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PHENOXYETHANOL
Data Availability: Good
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Use restrictions (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high), Occupational hazards (high)
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CAPRYLOYL GLYCINE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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UNDECYLENOYL GLYCINE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredients from label

active ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 9.0%, Zinc Oxide 7.0%, inactive ingredients: Water, Isohexadecane, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Olive Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Dimethicone Peg-8 Laurate, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Ceramide Eop, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Bisabolol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Stearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Phenoxyethanol, Capryloyl Glycine, Undecylenoyl Glycine

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Understanding scores

Not all sunscreen products are the same when it comes to sun protection and ingredient health hazards. The scoring system for EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens is designed to help the public find products that are safer, avoid ingredients of concern, and are more effective in reducing potential health harms from ultraviolet A and B exposure.

Every product in the guide gets a hazard and efficacy rating. The top scoring products have both a low hazard rating and an excellent UVA/UVB balance rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. Beyond this 1 to 10 ranking, the EWG VERIFIED® mark on a sunscreen means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

Scoring legend

EWG Verified Process

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EWG VERIFIED

Beyond the hazard score, the EWG VERIFIED® mark on a sunscreen indicates that a sunscreen company’s ingredient disclosures show the product has met our full criteria to ensure it adheres to our strictest standards for efficacy, ingredient safety and transparency.


TIPS

Sunscreen alone
is not enough

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Wear clothes

Shirts, hats, shorts and pants shield your skin from the sun’s UV rays, reducing burn risk.

Plan around the sun

Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky.

Find shade - or make it

Picnic under a tree or take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade, reducing the risk of multiple burns by 30%.


Don’t get burned

Red, sore, blistered skin means you’ve gotten far too much sun.

Sunglasses are essential

Not just a fashion accessory, sunglasses protect your eyes from UV radiation.

Check UV index

The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure.