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CVS Health Ultra Protection Sun Lotion, SPF 100

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About the Product In-depth knowledge about this product

New Findings!

Based on EWG's modeling this product would likely pass the FDA proposed UVA test.

The FDA does not have enough health and safety data to classify 5 active ingredients in this product as safe and effective: AVOBENZONE, HOMOSALATE, OCTISALATE, OCTOCRYLENE, OXYBENZONE

This product exceeds the FDA proposed maximum labeled SPF of 60+.

Top Findings

Overall this product scores poorly and is a bad choice for sun protection. Read more

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EWG estimates the SPF of this product to be much less than the advertised value.

Based on our modeling this product provides MODERATE UVA protection and a POOR balance of UVA protection in relation to the SPF.

SPF values above 50 offers a false sense of security. Read more

Contains oxybenzone, a hormone disrupting chemical. Read more

Contains retinyl palmitate, which may damage sun-exposed skin. Read more

The ingredients in this product pose a HIGH health concern.

Don't depend on sunscreen alone! Shade and clothing offer much better skin protection. Read more

Sunscreens can break down while still in the bottle. To be safe dispose of products when the mixture clumps or separates.

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Ingredients

Ingredients from label Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%, Oxybenzone 6%, Inactive Ingredients: Behenyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylated Pvp, Cellulose Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Chlorphenesin, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Disodium Edta, Fragrance, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/Pvp Crosspolymer, Lauryl Alcohol, Lecithin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Myristyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Stearic Acid, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopherol, Water

Score

Data Availability

Ingredient Name & Details

AVOBENZONE active ingredient 3%

Concerns: Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (BENZOIC ACID, 4-T-BUTYLBENZOIC ACID, BENZALDEHYDE, P-ANISIC ACID, ACETOPHENONE, DIBENZOYLMETHANE), Use restrictions

HOMOSALATE active ingredient 15%

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Ecotoxicology, Endocrine disruption, Contamination concerns (SALICYLIC ACID, TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXANOL), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions

OCTISALATE active ingredient 5%

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions

OCTOCRYLENE active ingredient 10%

Concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Use restrictions

OXYBENZONE active ingredient 6%

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Use restrictions

BEHENYL ALCOHOL

Concerns: none identified

BENZYL ALCOHOL

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards, Use restrictions

BUTYLATED PVP

Concerns: none identified

CELLULOSE GUM

Concerns: none identified

CETYL ALCOHOL

Concerns: Ecotoxicology, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

CHLORPHENESIN

Concerns: Use restrictions

DIETHYLHEXYL SYRINGYLIDENEMALONATE

Concerns: none identified

DISODIUM EDTA

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption

FRAGRANCE

Concerns: Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Miscellaneous, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE

Concerns: Ecotoxicology

1-DODECANOL

Concerns: Ecotoxicology, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

LECITHIN

Concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources, Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE

Concerns: none identified

MYRISTYL ALCOHOL

Concerns: Ecotoxicology, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

PALMITIC ACID

Concerns: Ecotoxicology

PROPYLENE GLYCOL

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions

RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE)

Concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions

SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE

Concerns: Data gaps

STEARIC ACID

Concerns: Ecotoxicology

STYRENE/ ACRYLATES COPOLYMER

Concerns: Contamination concerns (METHACRYLIC ACID, ACRYLIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE), Use restrictions

TOCOPHEROL

Concerns: Cancer, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

WATER

Concerns: none identified

 
 

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