The safest sunscreen to use on your family


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Summer weather is in full swing.

“We like swimming and going out. He has too much energy to be cooped up all day,” Justin Mayo said.

The Mayos and other families are looking for a way to beat the heat this summer.

The working group on the environment has published its Guide to sunscreensnoting that 75% of the more than 1,850 products evaluated had a poor rating for skin protection against the sun or had Ingredients which could be harmful to health.

“Certain ingredients commonly found in sunscreens have been linked to human and environmental concerns,” said Carla Burns, EWG’s Senior Director for Cosmetic Science. “We slather these ingredients on our skin, but many of these chemicals have not been tested enough. EWG has been advocating for the Food and Drug Administration to review these ingredients for 16 years. »

The guide’s highest rating sun creams contain zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or both, which present fewer health problems. Zinc oxide is stable in the sun, provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and offers good broad-spectrum protection, according to EWG.

EWG’s list of recommended sunscreens includes brands at a range of prices sold across the United States at drugstores and popular retail stores.

Burns recommends checking your sunscreen’s active ingredient list for oxybenzone.

Oxybenzone is a common active ingredient in sunscreen, found in about 15% of products reviewed this year, including about a third of non-mineral options, according to the EWG.

The FDA has called for more research on oxybenzone, specifically on:

  • allergic reactions
  • skin absorption
  • potential effects on hormone levels, reproduction and development.

The FDA notes that children may be more vulnerable than adults to harm from oxybenzone “due to the potential for higher absorption and bioaccumulation.”

Burns said she uses extra precautions such as finding shade, light clothing and avoiding peak sun hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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