|Blue Lizard Sunscreen Rated #1|
|Study finds sunscreens fall down on job
By Kevin Cowan ~ Kevin Cowan may be reached at 865-342-6426.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
According to a consumer watchdog, many sunscreens don't shine.
The Environmental Working Group has determined that 85 percent of sunscreens with an SPF rating of 15 or higher deliver subpar protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays or contain ingredients that are known health hazards or have not been tested for safety.
EWG researchers examined the ingredients of 950 brand-name sunscreens for the report. They based their findings on about 400 published studies of 17 chemicals used in products in the United States, and nearly 60 national databases that contain information on potentially toxic chemicals. Scientists found that some popular sunscreen chemicals break down when exposed to sunlight. Others penetrate the skin and can cause allergic reactions, hormone disruption and skin damage.
The group rated each sunscreen effectiveness based on ultraviolet-B (UVB) protection, ultraviolet (indicated by the SPF), ultraviolet-A (UVA) protection against other types of skin-cancer-causing rays, and stability of the ingredients or how long they remain active on the skin.
Of the 950 sunscreen products evaluated, EWG recommended 142 of them. Leading brands did not have a good showing, with none of the industry leader Coppertone's 41 sunscreen products making the cut. Only 1 of 103 products by Neutrogena and Banana Boat, the second- and third-largest manufacturers, was recommended.
The top sunscreens include:
1. Blue Lizard (versions without oxybenzone)
Blue Lizard doesn't contain damaging chemicals and protects from damaging UVA and UVB rays produced by sun tanning beds.
Blue Lizard sunscreen is beginning to achieve a cult-like status among some dermatologists.
Blue Lizard products are packaged in a unique bottle that changes color to blue in UV light.
This gives you an extra reminder that the dangers of UV light are still present.
Originally developed in Australia where they take sun protection very seriously.
2. California Baby (with SPF 30 or higher)
3. CVS with zinc oxide
4. Jason Natural Cosmetics Sunbrellas Mineral Based Sunblock
5. Kiss My Face ("Paraben-Free" series)
6. Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock
7. Olay Defense Daily Defense UV Moisturizer (with zinc)
8. SkinCeuticals Physical UV Defense
9. Solar Sense Clear Zinc for Face
10. Walgreens Zinc Oxide for Face, Nose and Ears.
The report is a response to what EWG calls the Food and Drug Administration's long-time promise to create tougher sunscreen guidelines. "We've been waiting 30 years for the FDA to come up with adequate safety standards, and we're still waiting," said Jane Houlihan, vice president for research at EWG. "Until then, our database is a tool consumers can use to find out which brands are best for their families."
The FDA now requires that sunscreen companies revise labels. Based on a four-star system, each sunscreen product must be identified where they fall on a UV-protection scale, and include the statement: "UV exposure to the sun increases the risk of skin cancer, premature aging, and other skin damage. It is important to decrease UV exposure by limiting time in the sun, wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen" on packaging.
There is no deadline for implementation of the new standards.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
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|The British Medical Journal recently showed that sunbathers using some suntan lotions have a higher risk of developing malignant Skin Cancer, and a possible link with Oxybenzone. Oxybenzone is the Chemical used in many sun products with high Sun Protection Factors. Oxybenzone's function is to 'filter' ultra violet light on the surface of the skin, converting it from light to heat, but it can also be absorbed through the skin. As yet we have not seen any research to indicate what happens when the oxybenzone is absorbed through the skin, but UV light causing cell damage is well known and readers may choose to avoid this form of sun protection. If light is converted to heat in the basal layers of the skin, damage to growing cells is very likely.|