Surprising Facts about Sunscreens

Let the buyer beware, especially when it comes to sunscreens.

“Sunscreens prevent sunburns, but beyond that simple fact surprisingly little is known about the safety and efficacy of these ubiquitous creams and sprays. EWG’s review of the latest research unearthed troubling facts that might tempt you to give up on sunscreens altogether. That’s not the right answer. Despite the unknowns about sunscreens’ efficacy, public health agencies still recommend using them, just not as your first line of defense against the sun. At EWG we use sunscreens, but we look for shade, wear protective clothing and avoid the noontime sun before we smear on the cream.” – EWG

Here are the surprising facts: Sunscreens Exposed: Nine Surprising Truths

Read more about the research behind EWG’s 6th annual Sunscreen Guide, which rates 257 brands and over 1,800 consumer products for sun protection. At the very least, make sure you’re not using one of these on your kids: Children’s Sunscreens That Fail the Test.

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