Sunscreen advice from the Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Five recommendations from EWG http://www.ewg.org/release/ewg-2017-guide-safer-more-effective-sunscreens
- Check products against EWG’s sunscreen database and avoid those with harmful additives.
- Steer clear of products with SPFs higher than 50+.
- Avoid sprays. They don’t provide a thick and uniform coating on skin, and pose inhalation concerns.
- 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.
- 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/