Most Sunscreens Fail To Protect Your Skin From Sun

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2008-07-04 12:52

Most available sunscreens are found to be not that effective and safe as advertised when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun.

Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit organization, which decided to check the available sunscreen products for their efficiency and safety. The group examined 950 brand name sunscreen products, 400 published studies about these products and 60 national databases on information about what chemicals sunscreens contain and how toxic these chemicals can actually be.

Sunscreens were checked for effectiveness based on the following factors: ultraviolet-B (UVB) protection, ultraviolet-A (UVA) protection against the other type of skin cancer-causing rays; and ingredient stability.

UVB protection is indicated on each sunscreen pack by SPF rating, UVA protection is against skin cancer-causing sun rays, and ingredient stability means how long the sunscreen is active on skin.

There are currently three companies - Coppertone, Neutrogena, Banana Boat - which are top sunscreen product makers. This companies together offer 144 top selling products. Research found that only one sunscreen product out of these 144 is safe and effective. However, there are still 142 sunscreen products from other manufacturers that are found to be effective.

Last year there was a similar study that published the list of the top 10 effective and safe sunscreen products, but the products were too expensive and were not widely available. This year’s results are more promising.

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