Many sunscreens have problematic ingredients and poor UV protection and make overblown claims. Since 2007, EWG has been scouring the market for the safest and most effective products.
For the avid do-it-yourselfer looking for a natural source of skin protection, trying to make your own sunscreen might seem like a great idea. Sunscreen-grade zinc oxide is available for purchase on Amazon and there are lots of recipes readily available online. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty.Read More
By now it’s probably second nature to slather on the sunscreen when you’re hitting the beach, hanging out by the pool or heading to a Sunday afternoon ballgame.
This week, EWG released two reports.
It’s summer break on college campuses, which means students across America are packing up their bathing suits and cleaning out their bank accounts for sun, sand and partying. But before they leave campus, some students visit indoor tanning beds to make sure they’re sporting beach-ready tans.
Just in time for summer, EWG released its 2017 Guide to Sunscreens today, which found that almost three-fourths of the products evaluated rate poorly for skin protection, or have ingredients that could cause adverse health effects or heighten sensitivity to the sun’s harmful rays.Read More
Whether you’re planning a beach outing, pool party or cookout to mark the last days of summer, here are some tips for a safe and healthy Labor Day weekend.Read More
I keep a bottle of Banana Boat Sport SPF 100 on my desk. But I am not convinced it deserves more than a SPF 15, or maybe 30, rating. A chemist specializing in sunscreen chemicals, I run a sunscreen model that estimates, based on the active ingredients in the bottle, what a sunscreen product’s Sunburn Protection Factor ought to show.
EWG urged the federal Food and Drug Administration today to investigate whether certain ingredients used in sunscreens to boost SPF values are masking sunburn, the body’s main warning sign of skin damage, without providing additional protection from other types of UV damage.
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, indicates how well a sunscreen blocks out some of the sun’s harmful rays. The number refers to how much longer you can stay in the sun before burning than you could with no sunscreen. But this popular number isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Here are four myths that might be putting your family at risk – and tips for finding the right numbers for you.
For 10 years, EWG has evaluated sunscreens based on how well they protect against skin cancer and whether they have ingredients that could harm your health. But there's another risk worth consideration: Recent studies show that some of the sunscreen chemicals people should avoid may also endanger coral reefs.
ndependence Day celebrations are supposed to be enjoyable. We barbecue, picnic, swim, and gather with family and friends. The holiday weekend is all about fun in the sun.
Is your family heading outdoors for sunny days at the beach, pool or park? When skin gets wet or sweaty, sunscreens may not work as well as you expect.
The good news: you’re putting sunscreen on yourself and your kids. The bad news: you might be doing it all wrong. Here are the seven most common mistakes people make when putting on sunscreen – and what you should do instead.
Applying a safe, effective sunscreen to children is one key to protecting them from sun damage. Sunscreen should never be your child’s first line of defense against the sun, of course, and the reality is that some products fall short.
Almost three-fourths of the 750 sunscreens evaluated for EWG’s annual Guide to Sunscreens, released today, offer inferior protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, or retinyl palmitate, which may harm skin.Read More
Melanoma, characterized by mole-like cancerous growths, is on the rise in the U.S. The most serious form of skin cancer, it’s particularly rising among women and seniors. But what about kids?
It may not feel like winter right now, but we know that won’t last. It will get cold outside – and our skin will sure know it. Dropping temperatures and outdoor fun mean dry skin, cracked lips and brittle hair for the whole family.
New evidence shows that a sunscreen ingredient EWG has long urged people to avoid is damaging to coral reefs. A study published [Oct. 20] in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that even a tiny amount of oxybenzone, a common ingredient meant to block harmful ultraviolet radiation, can harm or kill corals by damaging the DNA in both mature and larval coral organisms.