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Many Sunscreens Not What You Think

Watchdog Group Finds Most Sunscreens Lacking; Industry Disagrees

Point of Agreement: Use Sun Protection

On one point all sides agree: Sun protection is crucial. "Practice sensible photo protection," Lim says, "which include staying in the shade when possible and using protective clothing, such as a hat and using sunscreen."

If you are planning to be in water, Houlihan adds, look for a sunscreen that's water resistant. The best sunscreens, she says, "have broad spectrum protection, UVA and UVB, they are stable in sunlight and they have few if any hazardous ingredients."

The EWG advises consumers to shop based on their "best" list of sunscreens, posted at the site, www.cosmeticsdatabase.com.

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