Best Sunscreens Under $15 for 2013

New rules require sunscreen manufacturers to offer fewer claims (no more “waterproof” labels) and clearer instructions–great news when it comes to protecting you from the harmful effects of the sun. But when you’re staring at the selection of sunscreens on the drugstore shelves, the choice of which to buy can still seem overwhelming.

Top Picks for Sunscreens Under $15

Top Picks for Sunscreens Under $15

New rules require sunscreen manufacturers to offer fewer claims (no more “waterproof” labels) and clearer instructions–great news when it comes to protecting you from the harmful effects of the sun. But when you’re staring at the selection of sunscreens on the drugstore shelves, the choice of which to buy can still seem overwhelming.

So we’ve selected five top brands based on research by the Environmental Working Group, an environmental health research and advocacy group, for its 2013 sunscreen guide. Keep reading to find out which sunscreen is right for you. Bonus: None of these costs more than $14.

Best Overall Value

Best Overall Value

Nature’s Gate Aquablock, SPF 50, $10

With chamomile and shea butter to soothe and smooth skin exposed to the sun, we loved this product even more than the EWG because of the price. EWG gave it a great safety and purity rating, too.

Best For Face

Best For Face

Beyond Coastal Lip & Face Screen, SPF 30, $14

Simpy put: Anything that comes this close to your lips and mouth should be made of the purest ingredients. That’s why this tub stands out for the high marks it gets from the EWG for healthy ingredients. Almost good enough to eat!

Best Organic

Best Organic

All Terrain Aqua Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $9

Zinc oxide is one of the best purest broad spectrum active ingredients out there. This product has a whopping 16 percent—yet specially formulated so it doesn’t leave the trademark thick white paste on skin that zinc oxide is known for. It’s also Oxybenzone-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, and made from biodegradable ingredients. No wonder this award-winning lotion is a fave among the green crowd.

Best for Kids

Best for Kids

BabyGanics Coverup SPF 50, $5

There are a lot of great, safe sunscreens for kids. (Who doesn’t look for the purest ingredients for new skin?) However, they can be very expensive. That’s why we give a nod to this brand that keeps it real for under $10. One note to new parents: Experts do not recommend sunscreen for infants six months old or younger because of concerns about how their skin will react. So keep them in the shade or indoors during the sunniest months.

Best for Sensitive Skin

Best for Sensitive Skin

Vanicream Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30, $11

This dermatologist fave is powerful enough to protect against UVA and UVB rays, with main ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. But it’s mild enough to be used by those with sensitive skin (calling all you rosacea sufferers out there). The lotion is free of dyes, lanolin, fragrance, parabens, and other preservatives.

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