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How to Choose a Safe Sunscreen

We all know we’re supposed to wear sunscreen daily to prevent sunburns, premature aging and skin cancer, though many of us fall short of reaching that goal. Some reasons we forgo the creamy protection are that we don’t think we’re at risk, we don’t like the greasy lotion, we don’t…

How to Find Sunscreen That Doesn’t Leave a White or Purple Cast

As we slather on sunscreen to emerge for the summer, some dermatologists and sunscreen users of color are taking to TikTok to point out that sunscreen doesn’t look the same on everyone. While sunscreens may be designed to be invisible or leave a very light white tint, when applied to…

Sunscreens 2020: 3 Do’s and 3 Don’ts

There’s no doubt that you should be lotioning up: Almost 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. What’s more, the rate of new melanoma cases among American adults has tripled since the 1970s, from 7.9 in 100,000…

Best Sunscreens for Kids

There are 265 beach and sport sunscreens with a green rating in EWG’s 2019 Sunscreen Guide. We took a closer look at the best-rated sunscreens marketed specifically for use on babies and kids. We selected the 27 best-scoring products (note, all links go to EWG.org site): Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion,…

Sunscreen and Skin Absorption

Here’s a good reason to wear sun-protective clothing this summer or stick to the shade: The FDA has determined that some of the active ingredients in sunscreens are absorbed into your system through your skin, as reported in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) today. Studies dating back to…

Why Is the US Behind in Sunscreen Protection?

The rest of the world has sunscreens with more advanced ingredients than in the US. Why are we behind in protecting against skin cancer? I was recently on vacation in Europe. Since I was in some Mediterranean countries in the middle of summer and outside quite a bit, I used…

Group Asks FDA to Investigate Sunscreen SPF Claims

A health group is urging the FDA to investigate whether some ingredients used by sunscreen manufacturers to boost the SPF (sun protection factor) in their products actually do so. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, the Environmental Working Group questions whether the ingredients actually boost protection from the…

Pressure Building on FDA For More Rigorous Sunscreen Testing

Pressure is building on the FDA to boost its efforts in regulating sunscreens after an investigation by Consumer Reports found that many sunscreens on the market today do not provide the level of sun protection listed on the bottle. Independent test results conducted by the magazine found that many sunscreens…

8 Little-Known Facts About Sunscreen

Do you depend on sunscreen for skin protection? Millions of Americans do, but they shouldn’t. The rate of melanoma diagnosis is increasing. The consensus among scientists is that sunscreens alone cannot reverse this trend. Yet a good sunscreen can play a role in preventing sunburns that are a major risk…

FDA sears maker of GolfersSkin Sun-screen in warning letter

A warning, posted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), castigated lotion and liquid maker Jaychem Industries for failing in multiple ways to insure that its lotions are effective. It also said that labeling for GolfersSkin didn’t cut it by FDA standards, leaving it in the “misbranded” category. Fierce Pharma…

Why Europe Still Has Safer Sunscreens

Sunbathers in Europe and other parts of the world have for years slathered on sunscreens with the most advanced skin cancer-fighting protection and nontoxic ingredients. But these products are not available in the United States, because the FDA — due largely to regulatory delays and lack of resources — has been…