How Does Your Sunscreen Rate?
EWG Sun Product Guide for 2011
How does your sunscreen rate? According to the Environmental Working Group, “consumers can trust a slim 20 percent of the beach and sport sunscreens assessed for the 2011 sun season.” The EWG has put together a survey of over 1,700 sun products and have created a guide for families to make an educated choice about their sunscreens. Families can use the guide by typing in the name of their sunscreen product and if it is one of the 1,700 products the EWG has reviewed, a rating will be returned on the quality of their entry.
EWG’s website also offers tips for choosing your sunscreens, including:
- Look for mineral protection from zinc oxide or titanium dioxide
- Avoid oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate (sometimes listed as vitamin A)
- Pick creams and lotions over sprays and powders
- Try to physically block the sun with protective clothing, sunglasses and hats
- Minimize sun exposure from 10:00 to 4:00 when rays are strongest
- Reapply sunscreens at least every two hours, or after getting wet or sweaty
EWG is a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment. www.ewg.org
(Photo credit: (ccl) Ruthie Hansen)