EWG’s Sunscreen Recommendations Up From 2010, But Health Concerns Remain
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
A greater percentage of sunscreens garnered the Environmental Working Group's approval this year than in past surveys, but the group still has concerns about sunscreen regulation and ingredient safety.
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Sunscreens containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide nanoparticles rate relatively highly in the Environmental Working Group’s annual Sunscreen Guide, though the advocacy group says greater transparency is needed regarding products with nano-engineered ingredients.
The Environmental Working Group says many children’s sunscreens have “safer, more effective ingredients than those in other products.” But the Personal Care Products Council questions EWG’s research, saying the group’s report “could confuse consumers and discourage them from using sunscreen.”
Amid activist group and consumer concerns about the safety of nanoparticles in sunscreens, W.S. Badger Co. says it reformulated its sunscreen lineup with non-nanoparticles of zinc oxide while maintaining product efficacy.