EWG’s 6th annual guide to safe and effective sunscreens features ratings for more than 1,800 sunscreens and SPF-rated lip balms, moisturizers and makeups.
Highlights? Only 1 in 4 sunscreens earns high marks for safety and efficacy. Products with exaggerated SPF claims above 50 still crowd out better brands, and nearly one-fourth of this year’s crop of sunscreens contains vitamin A, an additive that can accelerate the growth of skin tumors and lesions.
Read EWG’s report to catch up on the science and politics behind the sunscreen industry and to learn how well this year’s products protect Americans’ skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays.
EWG’s 2012 Sunscreen Guide rates more than 1,800 sunscreens and SPF-rated lip balms, moisturizers and makeup. Only about 1 of every 4 sunscreens passes the test. Learn why so many brands fail and what you can do to stay safe in the sun.
In 1978 the FDA launched a process to begin regulating sunscreens for safety and effectiveness. But in the years since then the agency has failed to approve modern sunscreen ingredients and has set weak standards for products claiming “broad spectrum” protection, leaving inferior sunscreens on store shelves.