Monday, May 24, 2010

More on Sunscreen Safety

The latest Environmental Working Group's annual report to consumers on sunscreen examined 500 products, and considered only 39 of them safe and effective to use. The problems are primarily based on the following:
- The use of the hormone-disrupting chemical oxybenzone, which penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream.
- Overstated claims about SPF performance.

Another concern is with the inclusion of vitamin A in sunscreen formulations for its anti-oxidant properties to  slows skin aging. EWG researchers found the initial findings of an FDA study of vitamin A's photocarcinogenic properties, which means the possibility that it results in cancerous tumors when used on skin exposed to sunlight.

The EWG warns consumers not to depend on any sunscreen for primary protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. Hats, clothing and shade are still the most reliable sun protection available!

Check out the hall of shame in baby sunscreen including top brands!
Both links are free to access.
The full list of the best and worst sunscreens can be found on the EWG's searchable database.

Source: EWG and Aol News

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