Friday, May 27, 2011

1 in 5 Sunscreens Make the Cut

Read EWG's 2011 Sunscreen Guidevia The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Have you ever wondered about the claims on the bottle of sunscreen in your medicine cabinet or beach bag?
Just in time for beach season, Environmental Working Group (one of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics' founding organizations) has released its 2011 Sunscreen Guide.

Of the more than 600 beach and sports sunscreens analyzed, EWG can only recommend one in five.

Why? For starters, the sunscreen industry continues to use misleading, sky-high SPF ratings that may protect against UVB rays that cause sunburn but leave skin at risk for UVA damage.

Plus, many companies are still using retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that might actually speed the development of skin tumors on sun-exposed skin, as well as hormone disruptors and nanoparticles (a particular concern for spray and powder products), both of which present other potential health threats.
Fortunately, there are companies making effective and safe sunscreens. Find safe options, see the "Hall of Shame" and learn more about sunscreen safety:

Our favorite, Suntegrity, received a 1 on the EWG site. Erbaviva, another favorite, has a great sunscreen for children.
Cheers to a happy and safe beach season!
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