Skip to main content

Natural Awakenings

Pick a Safer Sunscreen: Online Guide Helps You Make Better Choices

Jul 29, 2011 11:55AM

Sifting through marketing hype to find the best protection for exposed skin just got easier, thanks to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) online 2011 Sunscreen Guide. After analyzing more than 600 beach and sports sunscreens, EWG recommends only one in five, noting that many include misleadingly high sun protection factor (SPF) ratings that may protect against ultraviolet short-wave (UVB) rays that cause sunburn, but leave skin at risk for ultraviolet long-wave (UVA) damage. Their research discovered that nearly one in three products in the guide is still laced with vitamin A ingredients that accelerate the growth of skin tumors and lesions, according to recent government studies.

Find the guide at

Subscribe to our national newsletter!

* indicates required
Global Brief
Health Brief