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EWG Updates Sunscreen Guide | 50+ New Products

EWG Updates Sunscreen Guide | 50+ New Products

Monday, June 27, 2011

You asked, we listened!

Since releasing our 2011 Sunscreen Guide in May, Environmental Working Group has received dozens of requests from supporters and companies asking us to add more of their favorite products. Click here for the updated Sunscreen Guide.

Now, in time for the July 4 weekend, we have analyzed 57 more – 45 beach and sport sunscreens, eight moisturizers with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) ratings, three SPF-rated lip balms and one low-SPF product.

At the request of our readers, we have studied more than a dozen new brands, including these most-requested ones:

  • Melaluca
  • Soleo Organics
  • BurnOut

Our “recommended” list has added 23 of these new products. Among them:

  • Aubrey Organics Natural Sun Green Tea Sunscreen, SPF 30+
  • Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Baby Block, SPF 40
  • Loving Naturals Clear Body Sunscreen, SPF 30+
  • Non-Toxic Naturals Untinted Sunscreen, SPF 30

The products we recommend offer broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB radiation and don’t contain harmful ingredients that can penetrate the skin, such as oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, a derivative of vitamin A.

After nearly 33 years of deliberation, the federal Food and Drug Administration has issued new sunscreen labeling rules. Unfortunately, they establish weak standards for UVA protection and do not address the use of hazardous ingredients.

Because the FDA has failed to offer good guidance to consumers on sunscreen safety, EWG has stepped in once again. Search our guide of more than 1,700 products and see how your favorite fares.

With skin cancer affecting millions of Americans every year, consumers should consider sunscreens as only a part of their overall sun protection routine. Check out EWG’s sun safety tips for sound advice.

Want to know the latest scientific conclusions about forms of vitamin A often found in sunscreens and other cosmetics? EWG scientists Sonya Lunder and Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., explain them in a new science review on EWG’s website: What Scientists Say About Vitamin A in Sunscreen.

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