Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Unsafe chemicals in sunscreen

According to the Environmental Working Group, in an investigation of nearly 1,000 brand-name sunscreen products, they found that 4 out of 5 contain chemicals that may pose health hazards or don't adequately protect skin from the sun's damaging rays. Yikes!

Leading brands were the worst offenders: None of Coppertone's 48 sunscreen products met EWG's criteria for safety and effectiveness, and only 1 of 115 products from Banana Boat and Neutrogena, the second- and third-largest manufacturers, are recommended by EWG.

Take a minute or two to check out your sunscreen's rating at cosmeticsdatabase.com. Our dermatologist recommended Blue Lizard Australian Suncream Lotion, Sensitive, SPF 30, and it got a low hazard score of 2. California Baby got really good scores too.

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