Before you head out for a day in the sun, you may want to read the 2013 Guide to Sunscreens just released by The Environmental Working Group about sunscreen. In this extensive Guide, EWG explores nine myths about sunscreen, provides a wealth of research, gives “Sun Safety Tips” and “Sunscreen Don’ts,” and more. They have also created a list of the safest sunscreens on the market, in terms of chemicals, toxic ingredients, and their potential risk to human health. To see which sunscreens are the safest for you and your family, click here.
In 2012, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection released a report listing 49 chemicals used in everyday products that present the highest concern for their potential health effects…and three of the chemicals are commonly found in sunscreens. By educating yourself about sunscreen and being a savvy consumer, this summer you can protect yourself from burns without putting your health at risk!