With the last days of school winding down and the sun lighting up the sky a a little longer every day, now is the perfect time to take a look in your medicine cabinet to make sure you have the best sunscreen brand for your little ones. 
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Not all sunscreens are created equal, so you should make sure you are choosing the right brand for your family. 

Avoiding the bad sunscreens
Just as important as finding the right sunscreen is avoiding brands that aren't safe for your little ones. The Environmental Working Group did a study of sunscreens and compiled a list of the worst-scoring sunscreens on the market.
 
According to EWG, the sunscreens got tagged for containing oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate and SPFs about 50 (which offer a false sense of security). In addition, aerosol sprays were tagged because they could expose your little ones lungs to dangerous chemicals. 

EWG said they selected products to test from those "unambiguously marketed for use on babies and children by including those with terms baby, kids, little, children, and pediatric in the product or brand name." 

The EWG listed the following among the worst options for children's sunscreens:

-Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
-Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
-Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray, Kids, SPF 70
-Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Kids, SPF 70+
-Coppertone Foaming Lotion Sunscreen Kids Wacky Foam, SPF 70+
-Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70+
-CVS Baby Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55
-CVS Kids Wet & Dry Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+
-Equate Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
-Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen For Kids, SPF 70
-Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+
-Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 70+
-Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55

Choose the right sunscreen
The best sunscreens offer the following:

-UVB protection. Choose between 15 SPF and 35 SPF. Any higher and the benefits don't really increase that much, according to WebMD.

-UVA protection. Look for ingredients like ecamsule, avobenzone, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. 

-Water/Sweat resistant. If you'll be sweating or swimming, you want a sunscreen that lasts a while. The FDA requires SPF levels to be effective for at least 40 minutes in the water. Still, you'll wall to reapply a little more often than if you skip the water. 

-Kid friendly: Choose sunscreens free of chemicals like oxybenzone, dioxybenzone and sulisobenzone because they can cause skin irritation. 

Some of the best sunscreens you can choose for your little ones, according to Safe Mama and Parents include: 

-Badger All Natural
-Eco Formula,
-TruKid Sunny Days
-Aveeno Baby
-Coppertone Water Babies, Pure and Simple
-California Baby Everyday
-Aubrey Organics Natural Sun

Stay safe in the sun
Remember that you must reapply sunscreen every 90 minutes to 2 hours to keep yourself safe from harmful rays. Other tips for staying safe in the sun from WebMD include:

-Wear sunglasses with UV protection
-Wear a hat to protect your face
-Stay out of the sun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to avoid the harshest rays
-Drink plenty of fluids and encourage your little ones to stay hydrated too.