Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

New Sunscreen Guide: 1 in 4 Products Deemed Safe

Group Flags Questionable Ingredients in Sunscreens; Manufacturers Say Report Is Flawed

Tips for Consumers

For its part, the Environmental Working Group says it isn't trying to discourage the use of sunscreens. It just wants consumers to be better educated about what they're getting and how it should be used.

"We have two general tips for consumers," says Leiba. "Although sunscreen is an important part of a full sun-protection routine, it cannot be taken in isolation. Continue to seek shade. Avoid the midday sun. Wear sun-protective clothing in addition to using sunscreens. It's only part of a full routine," she says.

Part of proper usage, she says, is proper application. She says it's important to apply the sunscreen every two hours. It's also critical to apply an adequate amount. That's a palmful for adults.

Second, she says, because they can lead to a false sense of security in the sun, "We suggest you avoid SPFs higher than 50."

Brush up on Beauty

woman applying sunless tanner
Sunless Tanning Guide

How to choose and use the right product.

self tanning lotions
Get a Tan Without the Sun

Answers to your top faux tanning questions.

woman lying in tanning bed
Tanning Bed Dangers

What you need to know before baking indoors.

woman with face turned to sun
Makeup With SPF

Your favorite foundation has SPF. Can you skip sunscreen?

woman with flawless skin
Nourish Parched Skin

Try a Persian yogurt treatment for soft, supple skin.

young woman with bright face
Know How to Brighten Your Skin?

Peels, dermabrasion, lasers. Think you know which is best?

woman in sun on the beach
Soothe Your Sunburn

Too much time in the sun? This at home salve will calm red skin.

applying lip balm
Save Chapped Lips

Balm? Gloss? Repair a dry, damaged pout.

Cellulite Solutions

Why you get it and what you can do.

rear view woman wearing towel
Adios Alligator Skin!

Easy ways to pamper dull, dry skin.

woman plucking eyebrows
Solutions for Unwanted Hair

Do you know how to get fuzz-free?

woman eating sushi
Surprising Ways to Reduce Wrinkles

9 secrets for smoother, supple skin.

URAC: Accredited Health Web Site HonCode: Health on the Net Foundation AdChoices