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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.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Consumers can trust a slim 20 percent of the beach and sport sunscreens assessed for the 2011 sun season, according to Environmental Working Group’s survey of over 1,700 sun products.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A key independent science advisory panel has voted to confirm federal researchers' conclusion that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A found in two-fifths of U.S. sunscreens, speeds the development of skin tumors and lesions when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Just because it's cold when you're on the slopes, doesn't mean you get to ignore the sun.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Environmental Working Group (EWG) asked a prestigious expert advisory panel to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue long-awaited regulations for sunscreen products.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Washington, D.C. – With fall here, millions of Americans are outside at football and soccer games, cross-country meets, school fairs, picking apples and raking leaves.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fall is the iconic American season. Football. Soccer. Cross-country meets. Apple-picking. Hiking through forests blazing red and orange. Bicycling in crisp country air. Raking the leaves. Hayrides. Pumpkin patches. School fairs.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Washington, DC – Environmental Working Group's review of a commentary on the safety of retinyl palmitate in sunscreens, published August 6 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, has found numerous flaws and misleading arguments along with undisclosed industry affiliations by two of the three authors.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

All you iPhone users can now find the best sunscreen with EWG's free application (App) linked to Environmental Working Group's (EWG) 2010 Sunscreen Guide.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C – Consumers can now turn to their iPhones to assist them in selecting the most effective sunscreen products with a free application, or App, linked to Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2010 Sunscreen Guide. The EWG App is an easy way to check just how safe and effective your sunscreen is.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

When it comes to protecting yourself from the sun, it's easy to go wrong. To help you go right, instead, we whipped up a list of the really bad actors because sometimes, knowing what's on the "avoid" list is a good way to land a safer product.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pretty much all I knew about sunscreen growing up was that SPF was some measure of how much sunburn protection came out of the bottle. Hard to believe that (way back) in those days the great debate was "6 or 8," not 30 or 50 (or 100!). We even busted out the baby oil on occasion (oh, the teen years!).

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Some sunscreens prevent sunburn but not other types of skin damage. Make sure yours provides broad-spectrum protection and follow these other tips for better protection.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

On May 24th, we released our 4th annual Sunscreen Guide. While our basic message is pretty straight forward - cover up first, slop on some effective sunscreen next - the sunscreen choices are so plentiful as to confound even the most avid label readers (that's me).

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Friday, May 28, 2010

 

EWG asks the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research to complete its study of vitamin A ingredients, which according to agency tests speed the development of skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin. EWG urges FDA to make a determination about the safety of these ingredients in cosmetics and sunscreens.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Washington, DC – Environmental Working Group (EWG) president Ken Cook today urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) to speed their analysis of a seminal investigation of possible toxic and carcinogenic risks of retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A added to many sunscreen products.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Every year the time comes to replenish the family sunscreen supply. And every year I wait until EWG's sunscreen guide is out so I can make the right choices without a lot of fuss. Good news then, that it's available in time for a trip to the beach this Memorial Day weekend.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Washington, D.C. - The fourth annual Sunscreen Guide by Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives low marks to the current crop of sunscreen products, with a few notable exceptions. EWG researchers recommend only 39, or 8 percent, of 500 beach and sport sunscreens on the market this season.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The coalition led by EWG and dermatologist Steven Q. Wang has asked the FDA to finalize its sunscreen regulations this year and to expedite its review of new ingredients that could enhance the products’ sun protections. The letter is signed by 69 physicians and scientists.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

As the saying goes, another one bites the dust. Another year, that is. But before we leave 2009 behind for good - which many of us would happily do - let's take a quick look back at the 10 most popular Enviroblog posts of the year. It's a (web)log, after all, of what's newsworthy in toxics, a chronicle of what was on our minds, and yours.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hitting the slopes this winter? Gnarly is for steeps and chutes, not faces.

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