Is Your Sunscreen Toxic?
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), it may be. Each year, the environmental watchdog group releases its Sunscreen Study, which reviews the effectiveness of more than 500 products on the market, as well as the safety of the chemicals used in them. In 2010, the EWG claimed that up to 60 percent of sunscreens on the market contain potentially harmful ingredients that may accelerate skin cancer instead of preventing it. While the true effects of these ingredients still need to be further explored, Dr. Robert Friedman says it’s smart to avoid elements including oxybenzone, PABA, octinoxate, and parabens. “Some of these substances may harm not only the individual, but the marine environment as well,” he says. Visit Ewg.org/skindeep to see how your sunscreen measures up.