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2009 Sunscreen Guide by Environmental Working Group

This time Environmental Working Group has got your back covered — literally and with sunscreen. They have just released their 2009 Sunscreen Guide.

After investigating over 1,500 sunscreens, EWG found that three out of five brand-name sunscreens didn't protect skin adequately from damaging UV rays. Many sunscreens also contained hazardous chemicals. Their list is definitive and complete including moisturizers with SPF as well as lip balms designed to block the suns damaging rays. You can sort by ranking to find the most effective and healthiest, or you can sort by brand to see how your favorite SPF ranks.

EWG is not in favor of chemical based sunscreens, like those with oxybenzone, and instead strongly favors sunblocks with titanium oxide and zinc oxide. These sun blocks do not contain chemicals absorbed by the skin and provide superior protection with better water resistant qualities. The only problem is they can leave a white tint on your skin. For everyday sun protection, mix a little base with your whitening sunblock to give the lotion some color and provide superior coverage to the delicate skin on your face. How did your sunscreen rank?

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VennieB VennieB 7 years
i don't know if i would call their list definitive and complete...they don't include Clinique sunscreens or mositurizers with SPF, which are what I use, as well as many of my friends. i'm surprised they would leave out such a large brand. and i'm in agreement with the posters above. including specific scientific evidence, or even including the references for the articles that found these sunscreens to be hazardous would cause me to take the list much more seriously.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Even their "best" products claim to have ingredients linked with cancer and the other issues. Like the anonymous poster above, I kind of have trouble taking them seriously.
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