Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducts serious research into consumer products. Their annual study of all the sunscreens currently on the US market is absolutely the best way to find sunscreens that
b) don’t damage your skin more than the sun does
c) don’t put you at risk from chemicals that might, in the long term, cause cancer or other fatal conditions
d) don’t damage the reefs we surf over.
We highly recommend you look through their annual list, whether you’re in the USA or not, or at least check how the sunscreen you’re currently using stacks up against the others.
No joke, this stuff is important because there’s a lot of junk out there, some of it is dangerous, and some comes from the biggest, best known brands that many of us have used for years.
How to make your own sunscreen using natural ingredients, in the kitchen. Easy.
From the great Korduroy.tv
To give you an idea of where the science behind sunscreen is at here are the EWG’s “9 surprising facts about Sunscreens”:
1. There’s no consensus that sunscreens prevent skin cancer.
2. There’s some evidence that sunscreens might increase the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer for some people.
3. There are dozens of high-SPF products — but no proof they’re better.
4. Too little sun might be harmful, reducing the body’s vitamin D levels.
5. The common sunscreen ingredient vitamin A may speed development of cancer.
6. Free radicals and other skin-damaging byproducts of sunscreens.
7. Pick your sunscreen: nanomaterials or potential hormone disrupters.
8. Europe’s better sunscreens.
9. The FDA is still not protecting consumers.
To find out more, go to EWG’s Skin Deep study, click here.