View Full Version : Sunscreen safety and effectiveness called into question

Sanity Check
05-25-2011, 01:10 PM
"...More than half of the sunscreens on the market do not provide adequate UVA protection, and many of them actually contain hazardous ingredients, according to an analysis of 292 national brands and 1,700 products by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, based in Washington....

...Among the brands that have multiple top-ranked products with SPF ratings of 30 or higher were Eco Skin Care, Elemental Herbs, Kabana Skin Care, Kiss My Face, Loving Naturals, Purple Prairie Botanicals and Raw Elements USA. Close to 90 other brands, including CVS, Neutrogena, Banana Boat, Walgreens and Aveeno, now offer sunscreens with zinc and titanium.

The recommended brands, however, make up only 20 percent of the more than 600 beach and sport sunscreens that were studied.

The group urged sun worshipers to avoid retinyl palmitate, a form of Vitamin A that is used in 30 percent of the sunscreens that were analyzed. Lunder said studies of this ingredient have shown higher rates of skin tumors and lesions in animals. Another ingredient that should be avoided, Lunder said, is oxybenzone, a sun-blocking agent that is also a hormone disrupter and skin irritant...."