Sunscreen Dangers: Some Don't Protect Well
Environmental Working Group has cataloged and analyzed hundreds of sunscreens in their Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. They have just released a sunscreen protection report detailing their conclusions from many years of testing the products and reviewing the available scientific literature, and in the report they say that four out of five sunscreen products don’t meet their standards for safety and effectiveness (a claim disputed by the major companies). The report doesn’t look pretty, but I will add a caveat that the concerns they have are speculative and based on their interpretation of available evidence and not completely on definitive knowledge. That being said, sunscreens fall into the same category of concern that I gave to bugspray, antibacterial soap, and baby bottles; that is to say that I’m willing to take precautions based on informed speculation if it means my kids will potentially be healthier.
Imagine my surprise discovering that my family’s Coppertone Continuous Spray Sunscreen is not completely effective and possibly hazardous to our health. According to Environmental Working Group (EWG), I am spraying ingredients on my children that are cancerous, toxic to reproduction and development, immunotoxic, neurotoxic, and organ system toxic. Sweet.