Just Arrived – 2008 Safe Sunscreen Report From EWG!

Wow – timing is everything.   We’ve been talking a lot about safe sunscreen for kids at Mommy Footprint and I was tipped off yesterday that The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just updated their database with 2008 best sunscreens.  Their new ranking system is so easy to read and even tells you why a sunscreen is rated poorly with a column called ‘concerns’. Much easier to figure out with one overall score, rather than two separate ones (previously one for chemicals and one for UVA/UVB protection). Just type in your sunscreen brand via the find your sunscreen tab, or select the brand from the ‘select a specific brand’ from the drop-down menu. In the EWG’s sunscreen summary report, they quote that only 15% of 952 products analyzed met their criteria for safety and effective sun protection, blocking both UVA and UVB rays. And an even scarier quote from this page is:

None of market leader Coppertone’s 41 sunscreen products met EWG’s criteria for safety and effectiveness, and only 1 of 103 products from Banana Boat and Neutrogena, the second- and third-largest manufacturers, are recommended by EWG.

Hmmm….again, when I plugged in my Banana Boat Sunscreen, it came up with a rating of 3 and the reason why is because it contains oxybenzone (an ingredient in most sunscreens that is thought to be linked to cancer, developmental /reproductive toxicity, allergies, and more)…but yet I can’t find that ingredient on my Banana Boat packaging! I’m going to call them to figure out if they’ve left it off the list of active ingredients (intentionally) or if they’ve actually removed it as an ingredient from the sunscreen. While I figure out my own sunscreen drama, here are the top 10 sunscreens, as recommended by EWG. Or – you can read the recommended products from popular brands which is also very easy to read.

Top 10 Sunscreens:

1. Keys Soap Solar Rx Therapeutic Sunblock, SPF 30 zinc
2. Trukid Sunny Days Facestick Mineral Sunscreen UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum, SPF 30+
3. California Baby Sunblock Stick Everyday/year-Round, SPF 30+
4. California Baby Sunblock Stick No Fragrance, SPF 30+
5. Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30
6. Marie Veronique Skin Therapy Sun Serum
7. Lavera Sunscreen Neutral, SPF 40
8. Vanicream Sunscreen, SPF 35
9. Vanicream Sunscreen Sport, SPF 35
10. California Baby Sunscreen Lotion No Fragrance, SPF 30+

I learned a great tip from the CNN video that featured EWG in a show (great for information regarding oxybenzone if you have 5 minutes).  Do not buy sunscreen and bug repellent combo sprays.  Apparently there is an ingredient in the bug repellent that diminishes how well the sunscreen will work. Well you learn something new everyday!

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