The Environmental Working Group, a consumer organization, has released its annual report on sunscreens to come up with a list of recommendations for what people should slather on their skin this summer .
The group analyzed hundreds of sunscreens currently on the market and gave them a score between 1 and 8, with "1" being considered a top pick. Read on to see examples of what the EWG considered top picks that are affordable, effective and low in potentially toxic ingredients.
The EWG told CBSNews.com that these examples of top-rated sunscreens are among the most affordable sunscreens (lowest cost per ounce) that meet the following criteria: Good, stable sun protection, fewest ingredients with toxicity concerns, aren't sprays or powders (which pose inhalation concerns, says the EWG) and don't have SPF values above "50+" (which may give a false sense of security for some users).
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Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30
$10.99 for four ounces
The Environmental Working Group releases its sunscreen guide each year. This year, the report comes ahead of widespread implementation of new product labels required by the Food and Drug Administration.
Aubrey Organics Natural Sun Sunscreen, Green Tea, SPF 30+
$13.38 for four ounces
The Environmental Working Group released its 2013 annual guide on sunscreens the consumer watchdog recommends. The group gave this sunscreen from Aubrey Organics a "1" score because of its "excellent stability" and "good" UVA/UVB balance.
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Badger Aloe Vera Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
$17.99 for a four ounce tube
The Environmental Working Group gave Badger's aloe sunscreen sunscreen a score of "1," saying it has a "low" health concern and "good" UVA protection and UVA/UVB balance.
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive, SPF 30+
$12.99 for a three ounce tube
With a score of "2," the Environmental Working Group said this Blue Lizard sunscreen was a top pick for 2013.
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CVS Baby Sun Lotion Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 50
$7.49 for eight ounces
The Environmental Working Group released its 2013 annual report on sunscreen, which found this sunscreen from CVS earned a "2" overall score and was considered a top option for the 2013 beach season.
The Environmental Working Group released its 2013 annual report on sunscreen, and found this Green Screen organic formula earned an overall score of "1" for meeting much of the EWG's criteria.
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Jason Pure Natural Sun Mineral Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30
$12.49 for four ounces
With a score of "2," the Environmental Working Group considers this Jason sunscreen a solid option in its 2013 annual guide.
Sunbow Dora the Explorer Sunscreen, SPF 30
$9.99 for eight ounces
The Environmental Working Group released its 2013 annual report on sunscreen on May 20, ahead of Memorial Day when the 2013 beach season kicks off for some parts of the country. The EWG considered this Sunbow sunscreen a top buy, giving it a "2" score overall.