Sunscreens

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.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Since releasing our 2011 Sunscreen Guide in May, Environmental Working Group has received dozens of requests from supporters and companies asking us to add more of their favorite products.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

New sunscreen rules will do away with the worst hype in sunscreen marketing. But they don't address concerns about ingredient safety, particularly a form of vitamin A which has become common in sunscreen and other skin products.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Sunscreens prevent sunburns, but beyond that simple fact surprisingly little is known about the safety and efficacy of these ubiquitous creams and sprays. FDA's failure to finalize its 1978 sunscreen safety standards both epitomizes and perpetuates this state of confusion.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Imagine grabbing a cookbook to find the perfect recipe for key lime pie to present at your summer barbeque. Thumbing through the pages, you locate an inviting entry. Only there are some problems.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Pretty much all I knew about sunscreen growing up was that SPF was some measure of how much sunburn protection came out of the bottle. Hard to believe that back in the day, the great debate was "6 or 8," not 30 or 50. (or 110!) We even busted out the baby oil on occasion (oh, the teen years!).

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Every year about this time my friends want to me to tell them exactly which sunscreen to buy. They want the one that works the best to protect skin with the least toxic ingredients. And who can blame them?

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Consumers can trust a slim 20 percent of the beach and sport sunscreens assessed for the 2011 sun season, according to Environmental Working Group’s survey of over 1,700 sun products.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A key independent science advisory panel has voted to confirm federal researchers' conclusion that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A found in two-fifths of U.S. sunscreens, speeds the development of skin tumors and lesions when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Just because it's cold when you're on the slopes, doesn't mean you get to ignore the sun.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Environmental Working Group (EWG) asked a prestigious expert advisory panel to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue long-awaited regulations for sunscreen products.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Washington, D.C. – With fall here, millions of Americans are outside at football and soccer games, cross-country meets, school fairs, picking apples and raking leaves.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fall is the iconic American season. Football. Soccer. Cross-country meets. Apple-picking. Hiking through forests blazing red and orange. Bicycling in crisp country air. Raking the leaves. Hayrides. Pumpkin patches. School fairs.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Washington, DC – Environmental Working Group's review of a commentary on the safety of retinyl palmitate in sunscreens, published August 6 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, has found numerous flaws and misleading arguments along with undisclosed industry affiliations by two of the three authors.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

All you iPhone users can now find the best sunscreen with EWG's free application (App) linked to Environmental Working Group's (EWG) 2010 Sunscreen Guide.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C – Consumers can now turn to their iPhones to assist them in selecting the most effective sunscreen products with a free application, or App, linked to Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2010 Sunscreen Guide. The EWG App is an easy way to check just how safe and effective your sunscreen is.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

When it comes to protecting yourself from the sun, it's easy to go wrong. To help you go right, instead, we whipped up a list of the really bad actors because sometimes, knowing what's on the "avoid" list is a good way to land a safer product.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pretty much all I knew about sunscreen growing up was that SPF was some measure of how much sunburn protection came out of the bottle. Hard to believe that (way back) in those days the great debate was "6 or 8," not 30 or 50 (or 100!). We even busted out the baby oil on occasion (oh, the teen years!).

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Some sunscreens prevent sunburn but not other types of skin damage. Make sure yours provides broad-spectrum protection and follow these other tips for better protection.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

On May 24th, we released our 4th annual Sunscreen Guide. While our basic message is pretty straight forward - cover up first, slop on some effective sunscreen next - the sunscreen choices are so plentiful as to confound even the most avid label readers (that's me).

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Friday, May 28, 2010

 

EWG asks the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research to complete its study of vitamin A ingredients, which according to agency tests speed the development of skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin. EWG urges FDA to make a determination about the safety of these ingredients in cosmetics and sunscreens.

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