EWG report: 75% of sunscreens fall short on protection and safety, industry responds

EWG report 75 of sunscreens fall short on protection and safety industry responds

Non-profit organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its annual Guide to Sunscreens, which assessed the sun protection efficacy of almost 1,700 SFP products. As reported by EWG, “three-quarters of products evaluated fall short of adequate sun protection, with many still containing ingredients that could pose health risks.”

In EWG’s statement, Emily Spilman, a program manager for Healthy Living Science at EWG, claimed that “many of the products we reviewed don’t offer balanced UVA and UVB protection…and some ingredients commonly found in sunscreens have been linked to both human and environmental concerns, but they’re still widely used in hundreds of products, even though they have not been tested adequately for safety.”

In response to EWG’s assessment, the Personal Care Products Council released a statement that “unfortunately, once again, the EWG’s sunscreen guide misleads consumers into assuming sunscreen products are unsafe, thereby jeopardizing public health.”

Differing views on sunscreen efficacy

As reported by EWG, its annual Guide to Sunscreens “evaluates the safety and effectiveness of various sun protection products included in lists of top-rated recreational sunscreens, SPF products marketed for babies and children, daily-use moisturizers with SPF and lip balms with SPF,” according to the organization’s press release.

The EWG identifies “zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or both” as “ingredients that offer excellent sun protection with fewer health concerns,” and considers “oxybenzone, octinoxate and ‘fragrance,’” as “potentially harmful ingredients,” said Spilman in the EWG release.

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