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Green your sunscreen

Summer is here.

As the weather heats up and we head outside it is imperative that we slather on the sunscreen to protect our skin. Before you soak up the sun, ask yourself – how green is my sunscreen?

According to a recent report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG):

  • Three out of 5 would not be acceptable in Europe because they offer poor UVA protection
  • Many still use a form of Vitamin A, a photocarcinogen which may increase the likelihood of skin cancer
  • SPF claims are meaningless – SPF 50 does not protect any more than an SPF 8
  • No federal rules control sunscreen manufacturers.

Given these findings the EWG has ranked sunscreens in an attempt to educate the consumer about how to protect themselves and families.

So before you slather up and head outside this summer check out: http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/ to make sure your sunscreen is really green and really measures up to it’s claims.

Happy Summer!




The NY Times posted this article today with information from the FDA about updates to sunscreen regulations- this appears to be a step in the right direction


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