The heat is on, and the sunscreen should be, too. Choosing the best sunscreen for your family is an increasingly challenging task, especially as companies change their formulas every few years. When it comes to the most effective protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays, not all sunscreens are created equally. Fortunately, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) compiles a list of the best and worst sunscreens on the market each year, broken down by products for adults and kids. This year’s update has been published, and some of the brands listed might surprise you.
The search for the perfect sunscreen is often intense. If it smells funny, feels weird, or is too difficult to apply, it might be difficult to get some members of your family to even use it in the first place. At the heart of the matter, though, is that many sunscreens on the market simply don’t perform the way they promise. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made some progress in recent years with labeling regulations that prevent manufacturers from making claims that are patently misleading (remember “sweatproof” sunscreen?) but the agency has dragged its feet when it comes to pinning down rules for labeling efficacy rates. That leaves folks in a bit of a lurch, but consumer education groups do the heavy lifting to help people make important decisions long before the summer sun begins sizzling our skin.
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EWG also publishes an annual list of the best and worst scoring sunscreens for kids, both of which have been updated for 2016. EWG rates all sorts of personal care and cleaning products based on the environmental impacts and potential health hazards related to chemical ingredients. The resulting score is intended to help consumers better understand the risks associated with different products, thereby alleviating some of the agony of choosing the best sun protection for your family.
Via Mother Jones
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