Many sunscreens have problematic ingredients and poor UV protection and make overblown claims. Since 2007, EWG has been scouring the market for the safest and most effective products.
New evidence shows that a sunscreen ingredient EWG has long urged people to avoid is damaging to coral reefs. A study published [Oct. 20] in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that even a tiny amount of oxybenzone, a common ingredient meant to block harmful ultraviolet radiation, can harm or kill corals by damaging the DNA in both mature and larval coral organisms.
By now most of us know to wear sunscreen at the beach or during other outdoor activities. But some people mistakenly think wearing sunscreen makes them immune from sunburn, which can lead to skin cancer.
As a research intern at EWG, I’ve investigated sunscreens to learn more about how they work and the claims that companies make. I wondered why I’d been told to put sunscreen on a sunburn, even after I came inside. The answer isn’t soothing. Anti-inflammatory ingredients in sunscreen suppress redness, pain and inflammation, even after skin damage. In other words, the sunscreen makes burned skin feel better temporarily – but it’s still burned.
Rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are growing. More than ever, you need to shield your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. One way to do that is to wear sunscreen.
As the July 4th weekend approaches, EWG has added more than 30 new products to our 2015 Guide to Sunscreens! Twenty-one made our Best Beach & Sport Sunscreens and Best Moisturizers lists because they offer broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB radiation and don’t contain harmful ingredients such as retinyl palmitate.
Last year, our 25-year-old classmate was diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Her illness came as a shock. “Isn’t melanoma a disease of older people?” we said to ourselves.
Parents and caregivers know that applying a safe, effective sunscreen to children is one key to protecting them from sun damage. Sunscreen should never be your child’s first line of defense against the sun, of course, and the reality is that some products may actually do more harm than good.
This weekend is all about fun in the sun. Whether you’re heading to the beach, a lake or a backyard picnic, be sure to cover up to protect your skin against sunburn and pesky bug bites.
I love this time of year. After a long, cold winter, how can you resist the sun when it beckons you to go outside?
A whopping 80 percent of U.S. sun protection products analyzed by EWG contain harmful ingredients or offer inadequate protection against dangerous ultraviolet radiation -- or both, according to a new shopping guide released today by EWG.Read More
With much of the country buried beneath snow and battling frigid temperatures, most Americans are focused on scarves and shovels, not sun safety and skin cancer. While sunscreen is likely not at the top of your shopping list, it should be!
Partisan gridlock has been rising almost as fast as the staggering rates of skin cancer diagnoses and deaths. That’s why EWG is so pleased that Congress was able to come together to pass the Sunscreen Innovation Act, which President Obama signed into law this month. This long awaited and much needed step will ensure better access to safer, more effective sunscreens.Read More
EWG applauds Congress for passing a bill that will give Americans better protection from the sun’s harmful UV radiation and greater access to safe and effective sunscreens.Read More
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today approved a bill that could bring new and effective sunscreen ingredients to the U.S. market and help reduce the rate of skin cancer.Read More
The government’s top doctor’s urgent warning today is an important call to action to reduce the skyrocketing rates of skin cancer, EWG said in a statement.Read More
Congress moved a step closer to improving the sunscreens available to American consumers this week (July 28) when the House of Representatives passed the Sunscreen Innovation Act.Read More
The House of Representatives today advanced a bill that could bring more effective sunscreens to the U.S. market and help reduce the risk of skin cancer, EWG said in a statement today.Read More
EWG applauds Reps. Whitfield and Dingell for their efforts to accelerate FDA’s review of the safety and efficacy of sunscreen ingredients and we look forward to working with Congress to enact legislation that could help reduce the risk of skin cancer.Read More