Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sunscreen Research

We certainly are exposed to a lot of chemicals in our lives. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested 1606 sunscreens and 3 of 5 were inadequate protection from the sun and/or contained toxic ingredients.
42% of the tested sunscreens contained oxybenzone which is shown in tests to disrupt the endocrine system and release reactive oxygen species that could contribute to skin cancer.
Only 5% of the sunscreens tested met the EWG guidelines.
The FDA does not hold the manufacturers responsible so it is up to us to educate ourselves.
Go to for a list of approved sunscreens.

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