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 today’s 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 it’s 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 don’t 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:

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    Great info. Thank you!!
    2501 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Thanks so much for the information. Hope you are doing well.

    Take care and know I think of you often.

    Hugs, Sunny
    2504 days ago
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    Great post thank you.

    I hope you are feeling well.
    2505 days ago
    Thanks for posting, I agree, looks like Badger for my family as well. I was really disappointed to see products geared for children rank in the red categories. I would like to post the website in my W-S Sparkers, are you good with that?
    2505 days ago
  • JESS0107
    Thank you for sending this because it's so hard looking down the sunscreen isle and wondering what is best and what is not.
    2505 days ago
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