Tip of the Week: Not All Sunscreens are the Same

Sunscreen advice from the Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Five recommendations from EWG http://www.ewg.org/release/ewg-2017-guide-safer-more-effective-sunscreens

  1. Check products against EWG’s sunscreen database and avoid those with harmful additives.
  2. Steer clear of products with SPFs higher than 50+.
  3. Avoid sprays. They don’t provide a thick and uniform coating on skin, and pose inhalation concerns.
  4. Stay away from vitamin A. Government studies link the use of retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, to the formation of skin tumors and lesions when it’s applied to sun-exposed skin.
  5. Steer clear of oxybenzone. This widely used UV-filtering chemical is a hormone disrupter and allergen.

The EWG sunscreen guide includes important information on how to read product labels, identify potential hazards and avoid skin damage.” Visit http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/