It’s that time of year again. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just released its 10th annual guide to sunscreens. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health.
In the 10 years since EWG published their first guide, there has been much progress. This year alone, there are over 200 beach and sport sunscreens with a green rating in EWG’s 2016 Sunscreen Guide. Forty-nine baby and kid sunscreens score a 1 in their database, most of those being lotions.
Although there has been a lot of progress, there are still many concerns. One concern is the misleading high SPF values. High SPF values do not necessarily offer greater protection and may lead consumers to spend too much time in the sun. In 2007, only 10 sunscreens in the guide claimed SPF 70 and higher, but this year there are 61 products making such claims, including 15 products advertised as SPF 100 or higher. Continue reading “EWG’s 2016 Guide to Sunscreens”
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its 2016 Dirty Dozen™ last week. The list exposes the most pesticide-contaminated produce. This year strawberries beat out apples for top spot on the Dirty Dozen list. USDA tests found that strawberries are the fresh produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, even after they are picked, rinsed in the field and washed before eating.
Although washing produce thoroughly can help reduce the pesticide residue, I would still recommend choosing organically grown produce when possible, especially for foods on the 2016 Dirty Dozen™ list. Continue reading “EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2016”
Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out a sunscreen guide, rating many brands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score, and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest, most effective products are rated 0 to 2. Products that are rated 3 to 6 have moderate hazardous to health, and from 7 to 10 are considered high hazards to health.
When it comes to my children, I am particularly careful about sunscreen. I need it to be safe, effective and easy to put on. And although spray sunscreens seem very convenient, they should be avoided, especially for children as they may pose serious inhalation risks, and they make it too easy to apply too little or miss a spot. It is no secret that I am a fan of the Badger brand for my children. I can clearly see where I have missed a spot, and it keeps the fairest of my children from burning.
So check out where your sunscreen rates, and visit Village Green Apothecary for more safe sunscreens.
Also check out this link for more tips on summer safety.
Enjoy the summer!
After a long winter of tasteless and overpriced fruit, it’s hard not to reach for that pint of strawberries as soon as they arrive in the grocery store. Even those of us who prioritize organic produce most of the time might buckle. But science says we should hold strong, and buy organic if we can. Among the “dirtiest” fruits, the USDA pesticide data program detected 54 different pesticide residues on conventional strawberries, many of which are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and neurotoxins. So what makes strawberries so bad? Continue reading “Three Reasons Your Strawberries Should Be Organic”
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released the best and safest sunscreens for 2013. Click here to see if the sunscreen you are using makes the cut.
Village Green Apothecary carries effective sunscreens that are at the top of the list for safety and efficacy. Click here to purchase safe sunscreen for your entire family.