Summer is quickly approaching, and with it the question of sun protection comes up, especially for parents with young children.
EWG, known for their skin-deep website that rates the safety of cosmetics and beauty products, just put out their sunscreen guide for 2014. It is a great resource to have at your fingertips when you’re standing in front of a wall of seemingly identical products trying to pick one. They analyzed the ingredients of 462 common sunscreens and give them a hazard rating between 0 and 10 (with 0 being safest).
Contrary to popular belief sun protection is not all about the SPF. The difference in protection between an SPF 50 and an SPF 100 sunscreen are slim, but there are added dangers. Higher SPF sunscreens tend to have less protection from UVA rays, they give people false security so they stay in the sun longer (resulting in more burns), and they generally contain higher concentrations of dangerous and carcinogenic ingredients.
Overwhelmed yet? EWG’s guide to sunscreens is great because they simplify the process of picking which sunscreen is best for you and your family, giving them simple ratings and clearly showing potential issues.
Check out the guide here and see how your favorite sunscreens rank.