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6/19/07

SUNSCREEN and SPF: SHINING A LIGHT ON EFFECTIVENESS OF SUNSCREENS

SUNSCREEN :SHINING A LIGHT ON EFFECTIVENESS OF SUNSCREENS WHAT IS SPF

THE SUNSCREEN SCREENING WEBSITE EXPLAINS SPF AND MORE ABOUT SUN PROTECTION, SUN BLOCK


A Web site that assesses the effectiveness and safety of almost 800 sunscreens is on the Internet. The Sunscreen Screening Site, put together by the Environmental Working Group, gives detailed information about all the sunscreen products and groups them by the types of harmful rays they're meant to protect against.

  • Watch this Video Discussion of Sunscreens and Sun Skin damage

  • Look at a Video about Early Detection of Skin Cancer

  • Browse Sunscreens
  • Sunscreens Explained: What Are Sunscreens?
  • Environmental Working Group Sunscreen Investigation
  • Sunscreen: Answers to Your Burning Questions "In a new investigation of 783 name-brand sunscreens, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found widespread evidence that many products on the market are not safe and effective, including one of every eight high-SPF sunscreens that does not protect from UVA radiation. We have also identified 128 products that offer very good sun protection with ingredients that present minimal health risks to users.

    More Americans than ever are using sunscreen to protect from sunburn and guard against skin cancer. Top choices include products with high SPF ratings, and that are waterproof or that advertise "broad spectrum" protection. Most people trust that the claims on the bottle will ensure that the product truly protects their health and their families'. Nothing could be less certain".