The Environmental Working Group recently analyzed 600 sunscreens and came away recommending only 20%.
What’s the problem? Despite the fact that the FDA announced in 1978 that it would regulate sunscreens—and drew up proposed rules in 2007—the industry remains unregulated. That means sunscreen manufacturers can make claims that aren’t necessarily true.
What might surprise you?
Many sunscreens protect against sunburn-causing UVB rays, but leave skin exposed to the damaging effects of UVA rays.
Up to 30% of sunscreens contain vitamin A, an antioxidant that slows the aging process but may accelerate the growth of cancerous tumors.
One in five sunscreen is labeled SPF 50+ now (compared to one in eight in 2009), but the FDA warns that the values may not even be truthful.
Protect yourself and your family by spending wisely—check out the EWG’s recommended sunscreens, along with the best lip balms, moisturizers and make-up with SPF. Some winners:
Kiss My Face All-Natural Sun Sticks, SPF 30
Tropical Sands All-Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 and SPF 50+
Badger Sunscreen and Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+
And avoid these and other worst offenders, no matter how alluring the marketing.
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection SPF 55
Banana Boat Sport Performance Active Max Protect, SPF 110
Rite Aid Kids Sunscreen Spray Lotion SPF 45