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.
Washington, DC – Environmental Working Group (EWG) president Ken Cook today urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) to speed their analysis of a seminal investigation of possible toxic and carcinogenic risks of retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A added to many sunscreen products.Read More
Washington, D.C. - The fourth annual Sunscreen Guide by Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives low marks to the current crop of sunscreen products, with a few notable exceptions. EWG researchers recommend only 39, or 8 percent, of 500 beach and sport sunscreens on the market this season.Read More
The coalition led by EWG and dermatologist Steven Q. Wang has asked the FDA to finalize its sunscreen regulations this year and to expedite its review of new ingredients that could enhance the products’ sun protections. The letter is signed by 69 physicians and scientists.Read More
As the saying goes, another one bites the dust. Another year, that is. But before we leave 2009 behind for good - which many of us would happily do - let's take a quick look back at the 10 most popular Enviroblog posts of the year. It's a (web)log, after all, of what's newsworthy in toxics, a chronicle of what was on our minds, and yours.Read More
Hitting the slopes this winter? Gnarly is for steeps and chutes, not faces.Read More
Sunburns are inconvenient and sometimes painful, but they always seem to go away in a few days. Melanoma on quite the other hand, is not something that I want to mess with.Read More
Maybe you are, maybe you aren't. There are two simple ways to check:
- Check the label - only four sunscreen filters approved by FDA can provide broad-spectrum UVA protection; avobenzone, Mexoryl, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide.
- Use the EWG 2009 sunscreen guide to check the UVA score.
By this point in the summer you've probably thoroughly researched and hunted down just the sunscreen you want. If you haven't, quick, it's already August! Read our sunscreen report and use our search widget to find a safe, effective choice for your family.Read More
So you've read our 2009 sunscreen report cover to cover, right? OK, probably not - we're all too busy to handle that much information in the middle of summer - no matter how useful and scintillating and well written.Read More
This week my family is vacationing, like many American families, and we're doing our best to play outside - a lot. Which, of course, means we're in the sun. And since we're from Oregon, our skin isn't exactly used to the sun come July.Read More
Every year about this time we get a note from our preschool asking parents to either sign off on the school's sunscreen application regimen (their brand) or to bring your own. We've always brought our own because I was not at all keen on the brand the school used.Read More
EWG scientists interviewed about sunscreens and DC drinking water.Read More
Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) has introduced the Sunscreen Labeling Protection Act of 2008.Read More
Almost a year after consumer concerns pushed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promise tougher sunscreen standards, an investigation of nearly 1,000 brand-name sunscreen products finds that most still fail to adequately protect consumers or contain chemicals that may pose health hazards.Read More
EWG's review of scientific evidence and biomonitoring data for the common sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone.Read More
The bodies of nearly all Americans are contaminated with a sunscreen chemical that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A companion study from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine found that the same chemical is linked to low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers are exposed during pregnancy.Read More
A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that 97% of Americans are contaminated with a widely-used sunscreen ingredient called oxybenzone that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage. A companion study published just one day earlier revealed that this chemical is linked to low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers are exposed during pregnancy. Oxybenzone is also a penetration enhancer, a chemical that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin.Read More
EWG's comments to FDA regarding its 2007 draft sunscreen rules.Read More