EWG Report Shows Most Suncreen Products Lack Protection

July 1, 2008

A new report released by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) has revealed that the majority of suncreen products currently on the market lack both protection, as well as consumer safety.Washington (ChattahBox) – A new report released by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) has revealed that the majority of sunscreen products currently on the market lack both protection, as well as consumer safety.

The Environmental Working Group has found that 90% of the name-brand sunscreen products are not up to par with what consumers need to stay safe and protected when sitting in the sun.

For the report, they tested nearly 1,000 name-brand sunscreens. What they found was that the majority of sunscreens had false marketing, with the most misleading claims being all-day protection, waterproof, chemical free, and a few more.

Only 15% of the products tested actually met the criteria of the Environmental Working Group for being safe and providing protection.

Out of their testing, which was based on 400 papers, the 3 top sunscreen brans tested the worst.

On top of lacking protection, they also found many unsafe chemicals in certain products.

The group has recommended a total of 142 sunscreen products in total.

The top 5 national brands were Blue Lizard, California Baby, CVS, Jason Natural Cosmetics, and Kiss My Face.


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One Response to “EWG Report Shows Most Suncreen Products Lack Protection”

  1. Barry J Barclay Ph D on July 8th, 2008 3:52 pm

    I have an interest in safer sunscreens both as a research scientist and as a father. As a scientist, I am appalled that there have been insufficient regulations in place governing sunscreens that has permitted the widespread use of unsafe suncare products for many years. It is clear from the recent EWG studies and previous scientific reports that many additives to sunscreen products have posed a significant threat to public health, especially to children for many years -so how has this alarming situation come about? I understand that FDA has been slow to act is part of the answer but I don’t understand why FTC regulations governing truth in advertising haven’t come into effect here? As a father, I feel deceived by major corporations who have launched unsafe products into the marketplace and then apparently used false information to sell them. I think that consumers have a right to know that sunscreens are both safe and effective, especially for their children -as there is strong scientific evidence that early childhood sunburn is a major risk factor for skin cancer later in life. It is apparent that several major suncare companies have breached the trust that consumers have placed in them for many years. They should be held accountable.

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