EWG Releases 2020 Guide to Sunscreens

sunscreensIt’s that time of year again when the Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts together their list of the safest and most effective sunscreens. This year the EWG  rated 730 sunscreens, 460 daily moisturizers and 100 lip products with SPF values, with a score from 0 to 10. The score measured both the degree of protection from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation and the hazards of all ingredients on the label. The best products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health and lesser protection, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health and least protection. Continue reading “EWG Releases 2020 Guide to Sunscreens”

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EWG Releases 2019 Guide to Sunscreens

EWG sunscreen cropThe Environmental Working Group has rounded up their 2019 Guide to Sunscreens. This list provides the best choices for safe and effective sunscreens. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health.

This guide comes at around the same time that a study published in JAMA found that certain chemicals in most sunscreen products pose cancer risks. The study took blood test samples from participants after using sunscreens for 4 days. Continue reading “EWG Releases 2019 Guide to Sunscreens”

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EWG Best Sunscreens for 2018

sunscreen-kidsThe long weekend is right around the corner and people are packing up their cars to head to the beach. One thing you don’t want to forget to pack is the right sunscreen! Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put out their 12th annual guide to the best sunscreens, to help you choose safe and effective sun protection for you and your loved ones. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health. Continue reading “EWG Best Sunscreens for 2018”

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5 Tips for Sun Safety

sunblockDespite what we know about being safe in the sun, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. And the incidence rate of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is increasing every year.

Here are 5 sun safety tips to protect you and your family against the sun’s harmful effects.

1. Keep it to SPF 30: SPF (sun protection factor) ratings are a measure of sunscreen’s ability to block UVB ratings (known for causing the most damage). Did you know that a higher SPF than 30 does little if anything to block any more UVB rays than SPF 30? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) actually warns against using higher than SPF 30 because it can give people false confidence on the effectiveness of the product, leading them to believe that they are better protected and can stay out longer without further application. In the end, this increases their exposure to damaging UV rays. Generously apply natural sunscreen products that protect from UVA and UVB rays with an SPF 30 rating. Reapply often and especially after being in water. Continue reading “5 Tips for Sun Safety”

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EWG’s 2016 Guide to Sunscreens

summercottageIt’s that time of year again. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just released its 10th annual guide to sunscreens. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health.

In the 10 years since EWG published their first guide, there has been much progress. This year alone, there are over 200 beach and sport sunscreens with a green rating in EWG’s 2016 Sunscreen Guide. Forty-nine baby and kid sunscreens score a 1 in their database, most of those being lotions.

Although there has been a lot of progress, there are still many concerns. One concern is the misleading high SPF values. High SPF values do not necessarily offer greater protection and may lead consumers to spend too much time in the sun. In 2007, only 10 sunscreens in the guide claimed SPF 70 and higher, but this year there are 61 products making such claims, including 15 products advertised as SPF 100 or higher. Continue reading “EWG’s 2016 Guide to Sunscreens”

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