Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact, July 2016

New Guide on Sunscreens from the Environmental Working Group

Summertime and the living is easy.  But before you grab a new sunscreen, check out the updated guide on sunscreens from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). EWG investigated more than 750 beach and sport sunscreens for its tenth annual guide and found that almost three-fourths of the products examined offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, or retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that may harm skin. You can find the list of the best beach and sport sunscreens HERE.

Take EWG’s Sunscreen Guide with you! Download the Healthy Living App Today

Take a quick moment to download EWG’s App and take its Sunscreen Guide with you.  Click HERE for Apple and HERE for Andoid.  Hungry to learn more?  While not light summer reading, you can explore the full report HERE.

Sunscreens for Kids

According to EWG, parents have some good choices for sunscreens, but there are other products they should avoid. Thirty-seven products marketed to children earn an EWG sunscreen rating of 7 to 10, the worst scores for products in this year’s Sunscreen Guide. EWG has identified 13 kids’ and baby sunscreens have at least three strikes against them: oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate and SPFs above 50+. Four have an additional strike: they’re aerosol sprays that can expose sensitive young lungs to potentially hazardous chemicals. To learn more go HERE.

Recent studies have shown that oxybenzone has contributed to the bleaching and death of the coral reefs, the oceans incubators for fish.  This will have a enourmous impact on fish populations worldwide.