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Environmental Working Group Names Safest Sunscreens

Web Note: In a bizarre twist, at least one of these sunscreens may not be products that the OCA can in good conscience recommend. The first one listed, Keys Soap Solar Rx Therapeutic Sunblock actually contains nano-materials, particles so tiny they can go through your skin and that the OCA thinks should be labelled and regulated as potentially dangerous. Please visit OCA's Nanotechnology and Synthetic Biology Page for more information on the possible hazards of nanotechnology.


Looking for a safer sunscreen? It's not easy to find.The Environmental Working Group looked at almost 1,000 brand-name sunscreen products and found that the majority contain chemicals that either potentially pose health hazards or inadequately protect skin from damaging sun rays. Here's their list of the top safe sunscreens:

1. Keys Soap Solar Rx Therapeutic Sunblock, SPF 30

2. Trukid Sunny Days Facestick Mineral Sunscreen UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum, SPF 30+

3. California Baby Sunblock Stick No Fragrance, SPF 30+

4. Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30

5. Marie Veronique Skin Therapy Sun Serum

6. Lavera Sunscreen Neutral, SPF 40

7. Vanicream Sunscreen, SPF 35

8. UV Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+

9. Sun Science Sport Formula, SPF 30

10. Soleo Organics Sunscreen all natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+

Source: Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database

 

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Desert Lady
post Aug 5 2008, 05:28 PM



Never tried those, but my favorite is Neutrogena spf 55 which has zinc thta doesn't make one pasty-white, isn't greasy, and works wonderfully.

klinegl
post Aug 5 2008, 10:04 PM


I wonder if they ever try this stuff before they recommend it. I tried the Badger SPF 30 and it has the consistency of Crisco and it stays that way, white and greasy. Does anyone actually use this stuff? It's nasty.

Given the performance of the one item from the list I did try, I don't have much motivation to try any of the others.

soaper
post Aug 5 2008, 10:19 PM


We use the UV Natural sunscreen for our family and it works well. You don't have to use a whole lot for it to be effective (if you do, you end up feeling a little too greasy). Much better alternative than the conventional sunscreen on the market.

Dana Silvernale
post Aug 6 2008, 07:20 PM


I've been using Soleo. It works well, looks a little white when you first put it on, but soaks in and disappears. It also has some wonderful ingredients for your skin.

colorado
post Aug 6 2008, 10:24 PM


We use UV Natural as well..... This is the absolute safest sunscreen on the market to date. it. Common sunscreen ingredients (enen in "natural sunscreens" are known carcinogens and/or hormone disrupters, including diethanolamine, triethanolamine (DEA, TEA), padimate-o, octyl dimethyl PABA, benzophenone, oxybenzone, homosalate, octyl-methoxycinnamate (octinoxate), salicylates, phtalates and parabens. Even titanium dioxide, an active ingredient in most "safe" sunscreens, is a known carcinogen, so you really have to know your toxins. UV Natural's only active ingredient is 24.8% zinc oxide, and has some wonderful ingredients such as green tea extract (an antioxidant) grapeseed and macadamia oil. It is a little greasy, but has amazing protection and is SAFE to use. If you're first priority is safe protection from the sun, this is it!

TEG
post Aug 7 2008, 10:43 PM


QUOTE (klinegl @ Aug 5 2008, 07:04 PM) *
I wonder if they ever try this stuff before they recommend it. I tried the Badger SPF 30 and it has the consistency of Crisco and it stays that way, white and greasy. Does anyone actually use this stuff? It's nasty.

Given the performance of the one item from the list I did try, I don't have much motivation to try any of the others.


PLEASE don't give up! Protect your skin with a lightweight shirt, wear a hat, limit exposure. Putting up with a white and greasy product is much better than having a carcinogenic product on your skin, heated by the sun. Try the other products and don't be fooled by the good smell, BRAND name and fancy ingredients that are harmful to your body. Like tobacco, these toxic ingredients are silent, do not smell, cause a visible reaction or make you feel badly...down the road they contribute to all the other toxic ingredients you have put on your skin. When people are diagnosed with cancer, they don't even think of the products they used.
Have patience and please protect your skin. Your motivation should be to NOT be a cancer victim.

pstnatural
post Yesterday, 02:42 PM


I am surprised that Aubrey Organics Sunscreens are not on this list. I ONLY use Aubrey Organics products as they have been making all natural products since 1967 and have proven over and over again to be THE CLEANEST in the marketplace!!!!!

erinely
post Today, 04:55 AM


Another option for sunscreen is the Miessence Reflect Outdoor balm.
http://elyorganics.com/miessence-products/13430/

This did not make it into EWG list due to the fact that it is labeled to SPF 15.

Due to regulations in Australia for SPF ratings, ONE Group, the manufacturer of Miessence products, would have to have this product manufactured in a licensed SPF facility (instead of their own manufacturing plant) to claim an SPF higher than 15.

ONE Group submitted it for third party testing which gave it a rating of SPF level 29.5.

This product also uses zinc oxide which is a physical blocker and it protects against UVB and UVA spectrum and is the closest thing to a total sunblock on the market today.

The zinc oxide used is micronized, which is not the same as nano particles. Micronizing is a form of mechanical grinding.

There is no titanium dioxide in any of the Miessence mineral based products.

I was curious about the Aubrey sunscreen so I looked it up in EWG data base, and actually was surprised at the ratings.
http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/wordsearc...rey%20sunscreen

personally, I don't use a lot of sunscreen, I try to cover up, stay in the shade, etc but when there is no other option, I put on sunscreen.

We need to be exposed to the sun for our bodies to produce the Vitamin D we need.