Sunscreen – Is it Safe & What can it Do for You?


Sunscreen has changed its image over the past few years. 20 years ago it was almost never used, because most people had a hard time getting a tan, let alone a sunburn! These days however, you get burnt in 20 minutes without sunscreen. This product has been found to be quite beneficial in other areas as well. Studies have shown sunscreen to be an effective moisturizer and anti aging method, and now it is the base of most of the makeup items that we wear on a regular basis. In fact, a lot of women will only buy makeup that has sunscreen in it.

With all of the positive information we keep on receiving about sunscreen, most of us do not do any research of our own before we pick it up at the store. We assume that it is all good, and that all brands are equal, but a recent study has shown this to be untrue. The study was performed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the results of their sunscreen research prove that not all sunscreen was created equal. Actually, some brands are not as effective at blocking the sun as they claim to be, and some even have chemicals in them that can be harmful to the skin.

The report they gave out on sunscreen is labeled as the “EWG 2009 Sunscreen Guide, and it contains pertinent information that consumers need to hear before they go to the store to pick up their next bottle of sunscreen. The EWG tested over 1500 different sunscreens and other products that claimed to have sunscreen in them. They only tested products that had an SPF of 15 or over. Some of the products that passed their standards include:

  • Badger Sunscreen – SPF 30
  • California Baby Sunscreen Lotion No Fragrance – SPF 30+
  • Kabana Skin Care Green Screen Organic Sunscreen – SPF 22
  • Badger Lip Balm – SPF 15
  • Rx Suncare Lip Balm Sunblock – SPF 45
  • Lotus Moon Sage Sun Protective Crème – SPF 25
  • Sun Science Organic Daily Wear – SPF 30
  • Devita International Daily Solar Protective Moisturizer – SPF 30

These are just a few of the items that made the list. Some surprisingly leading and popular brand names did not make the safe list, according to the Environmental Working Group, and some of these names include:

  • Coppertone
  • Neutragena
  • Huggies

Apparently, only 5 percent of sunscreen products met their criteria of what a sunscreen should and shouldn’t be providing, but they did say that UVA protection was up by 41 percent and that the amount of harmful substances has decreased since last year’s research. Some people did not like the EWG’s 2009 sunscreen report, but others have found it enlightening and helpful. Hopefully this report will open up some eyes and help sunscreen makers to develop better, safer and more advanced products. Sunscreen can be very healthy for your skin, but make sure you buy the right brand. Take a look at that EWG report before you make any further sunscreen purchases.


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