WooHoo the 2012 EWG sunscreen report is here!
The good news is the sunscreen industry has finally started to respond to consumer pressure to make sunscreens that actually do help protect to protect skin from sun damage with fewer harmful chemicals.
The bad news there are still lots if sunscreens on the shelves this year that don’t give the protection they claim, are packed with harmful chemicals and make claims that are downright misleading
Only a quarter of the more than 800 beach and sports sunscreens analyzed by Environmental Working Group for the 2012 Sunscreen Guide met their standards for effectiveness and safety –and that’s actually progress!
We have demanded the market offer better options, and sunscreen makers listened. We still have a long way to go so keep up the momentum, keep demanding improved sunscreens. One-in-four is better than last year, but it’s not good enough.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Americans spend more than half a billion dollars annually on sunscreen; we really do deserve better protection & more truthful labeling.
A quarter of this year’s products still contain vitamin A ingredients that accelerate the growth of skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin, according to recent government studies.
Also, 56 of the products reviewed had no active ingredients that protect against the sun’s damaging UVA rays. And the industry continues to load store shelves with sunscreens that claim misleading, sky-high SPF ratings that may protect against sunburn-causing UVB rays but leave skin vulnerable to UVA.
According to the EWG the best sun protection is still sun protective clothing
The best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt. No chemicals for the skin to absorb, no questions about whether the product works, no bogus claims like “sunblock.” (No conventional product blocks out all rays. That’s why the FDA is trying to ban the term. )
But when you can’t avoid exposing your skin to the sun, use EWG’s Sunscreen Guide to find top-rated sunscreens with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection but fewer hazardous chemicals that penetrate the skin. All of EWG’s top-rated products contain either zinc or titanium minerals to filter UVA rays.