The safest and best sunscreens
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Now that school is out and summer is in full swing, I wanted to share this information from Environmental Working Group (EWG) on sunscreens and protection. They say the best protection is a hat and a shirt. For their list of "Top Sunscreens" follow this link (A rating of 0-2 is best and indicates the product has the lowest hazards.) :
EWG states that mineral sunscreens have the best safety profile of todayís choices but cautions against using mineral sprays or powders. They are stable in sunlight and do not appear to penetrate the skin and offers UVA protection. Another option is Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), but itís sold in very few formulations. Tinosorb S and M are other good solutions but are not yet available in the U.S. For consumers who donít like mineral products, EWG recommends sunscreens with avobenzone (3 percent for the best UVA protection) and without the hormone disruptors oxybenzone or 4-MBC. Scientists have called for parents to avoid using oxybenzone on children due to penetration and toxicity concerns.
Based on this article, I am tossing my old sunscreens and heading out now to purchase Badger Unscented SPF 30. My printer is not talking to my computer and I would never remember that many brand names. I remember seeing the Badger product in my local health food store.
For a scientific and detailed description of how they rated sunscreens, go here: