Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Does your sunscreen work?

More than a million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. One would think that this would take it to the top of someone's priority list.... but the FDA still hasn't finalized sunscreen standards which were first announced 30 years ago. In the mean time, companies are free to claim "protection", but not provide broad spectrum protection.

An investigation by the Environmental Working Group of nearly 1,000 brand-name sunscreen products finds that 80% of those tested contain chemicals that may pose health hazards or don't adequately protect skin from the sun's damaging rays. Some of those that have become household names, such as Coppertone, Banana Boat, and Neutrogena are the worst offenders.

Click on the image (left) to download your sun screen shopper's guide from the Environmental Working group.

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