Lately the sun has been fierce--even angry. After just 10 minutes in the garden my bare toes sport a sun rash.
But. Before you buy another tube of sunscreen, read the Environmental Work Group (EWG) 2010 Sunscreen Report. EWG reviews a mindbogglingly comprehensive body of sunscreen research to create recommendations for best products.
Their most interesting findings:
- Contrary to public opinion, research has yet to really prove sunscreen reduces cancer risk
- Many sunscreen products may increase the risk of cancer (and there is research to confirm this)
- Oxybenzone (a synthetic estrogen that's absorbed by the skin)
- Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) (it's good to eat but bad to rub on the skin)
- Added insect repellent
- SPF 50+
- Titanium dioxide
- Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX
- Broad-spectrum protection
- Water-resistant for beach, pool & exercise
- SPF 30+ for beach & pool