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article imageStudy Shows 84 Per Cent of Sunscreens Unsafe or Ineffective

By Chris V. Thangham     Jun 23, 2007 in Health
Environmental Working Group finds, out of 783 sunscreen products only 16% of them are safe, block both UVA and UVB radiation, remain stable under the sun. FDA regulations are either a minimum or non-existent.
New study finds a host of suspect ingredients in popular sun lotions.
Only 16% of sunscreens on the market are both safe and effective, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group.
Environment Working Group analyzed more than 783 sunscreen products and found only 125 of them blocked both UVA and UVB radiation, remained stable in sunlight and contained few ingredients that are suspected of being health hazards.
The analysis employed 400 scientific studies, information from industry and regulators, and nearly 60 government, academic and industry databases.
This analysis found many sunscreen products have labels that are misleading and advertise attributes they don’t have.
The Food and Drug Administration is supposed to set safety standards for sunscreen lotions, but so far they have missed many deadlines, as a result there is no control in sunscreen products. Since there are no standards, the Environmental Working Group has created a searchable database that will help the customers choose the safe sunscreen products from their list. This database will follow strict criteria and choose the products appropriately.
Here are the Environmental Working Group’s 17 most safe and effective sun screen products.
1. Badger SPF 30
2. Peter Thomas Roth Titanium Dioxide Sunblock (SPF 30)
3. Lavera Sun Screen Neutral SPF 40
4. UV Natural Baby SPF30+ Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
5. Vanicream Sunscreen Sport (formerly Sunscreen SPF 35) (SPF 35)
6. UV Natural SPORT SPF 30& Very Water Resistant (old formulation)
7. California Baby SPF 30+ Sunblock Stick No Fragrance
8. California Baby SPF 30+ Sunblock Stick Everyday/Year-Round
9. Keys Soap Solar RX Sunblock (SPF 30) (old formulation)
10. KINeSYS KIDS Sunscreen Spray with Parsol 1789 (SPF 30+)
11. California Baby SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion Everyday/Year-Round
12. California Baby SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion Natural Bug Blend
13. California Baby SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion No Fragrance
14. Dr. Brandt Body Barrier Gel (SPF 30)
15. Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive FaceBlock (SPF 25)
16. Aubrey Organics Green Tea Sunblock For Children
17. Mustela Moderate Sun Protection Stick (SPF 20)
For the complete database, and a full analysis for this methodology and findings, click here.
I paid a high price for Neutrogena Sun screen product, thinking it will be safe, but is not in the safe list. I am wondering why they are charging a high price for an unsafe product. Since, there are no FDA guidelines, they and others will be charging higher and advertising more false claims. I wish there was a natural sun screen product.
Check whether your sunscreen product is in this safe list.
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