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    Environmental Working Group Sees Improvements, but Still Gives Industry Low Marks

    How Safe and Effective Are Sunscreens?

    10-Best Lists

    Scientists from EWG developed a "best" list for sunscreens, lip balms, and moisturizers. On the 10 best sunscreens list (many sold online):

    • Soleo Organics Sunscreen Organic chemical-free sunscreen, SPF 30+
    • Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30
    • UV Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+
    • Mexitan Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
    • Lavera Sunscreen Neutral, SPF 40
    • California Baby Sunscreen Lotion No Fragrance, SPF 30+
    • Trukid Sunny Days Facestick Mineral Sunscreen UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum, SPF 30+
    • Kabana Skin Care Green Screen Organic Sunscreen, SPF 22, Skin Tone Tinted
    • Obagi Nu-Derm Physical UV Block, SPF 32
    • Elta MD UV Physical, SPF 41.

    On the top 10 lip balm list:

    • Fallene cotz LipCotz, Ultra High Sun Protection, SPF 45
    • Jane Iredale LipDrink, SPF 15
    • Badger Lip Balm, SPF 15
    • Caribbean Blue-natural basics Lip Shield, SPF 15
    • Shady Day Shady Kiss Lip Balm, SPF 30
    • Bare Escentuals Lip Guard, SPF 15
    • Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Lip Butter, SPF 15, Pure Vanilla, SPF 15
    • Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm Lemon & Chamomile, SPF 25
    • Rx Suncare Lip Balm Sunblock, SPF 45
    • Crabtree & Evelyn Naturals Protective Lip Balm, SPF 8, Cocoa butter & Cardamom

    And the top 10 SPF moisturizers, according to EWG:

    • Keys Soap Solar Rx Cosmetic Moisturizing sunblock, SPF 30
    • Marie Veronique Organics Crème de Jour Tinted, SPF 30,no nanoparticles
    • Devita International Daily Solar Protective Moisturizer 30
    • SanRe Organic Skinfood Supple Sunshine, Organic Rosemary and Lavender Day Creme (Dry to Normal), SPF 30
    • Lotus Moon Sage Sun Protective Crème, SPF 25
    • Institut Dermed Sun Protective Cream Oil Free, Untinted, SPF 28
    • N.V. Perricone M.D., Targeted Care Solar Protection Face with DMAE, SPF 26
    • Sue Devitt Promarine Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 30, Capri
    • Sun Science Organic Daily Wear, SPF 30
    • Karen's Botanical Lovely Lavender Cream, SPF 15

    Failures and Improvements

    Among the failings of the sunscreen products and industry, according to EWG:

    • Only 5% of products overall met their criteria for safety and sunscreen effectiveness -- and that includes blocking UVA and UVB, maintaining stability, and having no or few ingredients with health hazards.
    • Product claims are overstated, promising such things as "all day" protection.
    • Many spray and powder products contain tiny "nano-scale" ingredients that could be absorbed more easily in the lungs and cause problems.

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