If you have been following my blogs for a while you would have seen that I talk about the Environmental Working Group (EWG) quite a bit. EWG is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of dedicated advocates and scientists who are helping all people live their healthiest lives. They research and perform testing on various products that we use every day, ranging from skincare products, and furniture to fruits and vegetables to determine the levels of unsafe chemicals present in the products.
EWG ratings from 1 to 10 are assigned based on the levels of chemicals. Ratings 1 to 2 are low Hazzard; 3 to 6 are moderate Hazzard and 7 to 10 high hazards. Therefore, you want to choose products with 1 or 2 ratings for optimal safety.
Many products that are currently sold in our stores contain chemicals that were introduced several decades ago. Scientists have found that many of these chemicals are related to cancer, asthma, birth defects, and fertility problems. To make matters worse, manufacturers are not required to list their ingredients on their packages or websites, so there's no way for the consumer to know what they are buying. The EWG has called out these companies that continue to use these unsafe chemicals in their products. As such, the EWG started EWG VERIFIED™ to drive companies to create healthier, safer products.
Annually, the EWG publishes its guide to sunscreens which includes more than 1,850 sunscreens, and only about one in four products, or 500, meets our standards for adequate sun protection and avoids ingredients linked to known health harms. Products that are sold for babies and kids are slightly better, on average, with one in three meeting our standards.
Here is a quick guide on what to look for when buying sunscreens.
Avoid the following ingredients:
Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate)
Added insect repellants
Instead, look for:
Avoid the following products:
SPF above 50
Instead, look for:
SPF between 15 and 50
2022 EWG Sunscreen Guide
Here are a few popular sunscreens brands that meet the EWG’s criteria
Jason mineral sunscreen lotion SPF 30
Jason facial sunscreen lotion SPF 20
Coppertone sport sunscreen stick SPF 40
Coppertone oil-free sunscreen lotion SPF 30
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DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to provide medical advice. The purpose is to provide education and broader understanding to my readers. Always seek the advice of your qualified healthcare provider before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. I do not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing dosage or discontinuing, any prescription medications or pharmaceutical drugs.
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