You already know you need to always apply a sunscreen but do you know which is good and safe for you?
Well, here’s a database you definitely need to see as it lists sunscreens that offer the best combination in terms of both safety and effectiveness. The first-ever, in-depth analysis of the safety and effectiveness of more than 700 name-brand sunscreens released by Environmental Working Group (EWG).
According to the analysis by the group, 84 percent of 785 sunscreen products comes with an SPF rating of 15 or higher offer inadequate protection from the sun’s harmful rays, or contain ingredients with safety concerns. Ironically, some popular sunscreen chemicals break down when exposed to sunlight and must be formulated with stabilizing chemicals. Others penetrate the skin and present significant health concerns.
And what’s really useful about the database is that it compiles the best and worst sunscreens and provides a search function for consumers to search sunscreens by brand and name.
Top of the list of sunscreens which are formulated with the safest chemicals, are most effective at protecting against sunburn, and help prevent long-term damage caused by the sun’s UVA rays (which are linked to skin aging, wrinkling and, potentially cancer) is Badger SPF30. I also see a few of Peter Thomas Roth’s brand of sunblocks coming up on the list as well. And what’s comforting is that regular brands like Olay is also on the list with its Olay Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer SPF30.
Unfortunately, it looks like L’Occitane Immortelle Very Precious Fluid which I’m currently using has zero sun hazard but comes with a rather high health hazard, with ratings of seven out of ten. On the other hand, Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense which I was using for quite awhile has a lower health hazard, but rated one out of ten on the scale of sun hazard.
It might look like if I’m concerned about my health, I should be switching products real soon. Well, the good news is that the list of best sunscreen out there is longer than the worst sunscreen. So at least, I still have quite a lot of choices.