The Best Sunscreens: EWG’s 2012 Recommendations

Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just released its 2012 sunscreen guide. Just because a sunscreen says it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s safe and harmless. Read this blog about choosing a sunscreen; it’s a good guide about what to look for when choosing protection from the sun.

Also take a look at EWG’s list of top sunscreens. It contains products at every price point, so there is no excuse to be using a conventional sunscreen that is full of chemicals. I continue to use Badger Sunscreen for both of my children. I have found it to be quite effective for my 3-year-old son and my 1-year-old (very fair) daughter.

Some of the best sunscreens can be “clay-like” or “greasy,” but I find that if I work with a pea-size amount at a time, that it absorbs well. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen to tips of ears and tops of feet. Covering up with big floppy hats and rashguards also give extra protection.

Have fun the in the sun!

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Safe Sunscreen That Works

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization that uses public information to protect health and the environment, puts out a list of safe and reliable sunscreens. The list includes sunscreens from companies like Badger and California Baby, both of which use titanium dioxide as sunblock.

They also found that a form of vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) found in many sunscreens can actually speed the development of skin tumors and lesions in lab animals. Sort of defeats the purpose of sunblock, eh? You can read the full report here.

Last year we posted a great blog about Green Sunscreen and it gives you an excellent review of what to look for in a sunscreen. Personally, I use Badger SPF 30, on both myself and my 16-month-old son, and we have found it to be very effective.

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Green Sunscreen, Safe Sunscreen

During many years working in fragile tropical ecosystems, I have wrestled with the knotty dilemma of selecting sunscreen. One in five Americans will have a brush with skin cancer: a million cases are diagnosed each year. How do we protect ourselves and our children from UVA & UVB rays while not leaving behind a damaging chemical footprint? Continue reading “Green Sunscreen, Safe Sunscreen”

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