Dangerous Sunscreens


The Environmental Working Group’s Worst Sunscreen of 2013

by Vivian Gunnerengen, Interior Designer, ILD

It’s getting hotter and hotter and the sun is out in full force. Good parents and healthy adults protect their skin with an SPF product daily, (hopefully) thinking they are protecting thier bodies from harm.

I was alarmed to learn that a great number of our favorite sunscreens can do more harm than help but consumers don’t know to read the label. In fact, even more upsetting is that our FDA and retailers allow these products to be sold to the public. Ingredients like Parabens, Vitamin A, Oxybenzone are all known to contribute to adverse effects like cancer, tumors, hormone disruption, and allergies.

Here I am covering my kids in sunscreen not knowing what was in it with the best intentions possbile. When I found the Environmental Working Group’s research study I looked up the score for the sunscreens I had and knew I had to do better. I was using the spray which may even be illegal to sell in the future that’s how bad it is.

Before you hit the beach, the boat, or the campground this summer take 15 min to find a sunscreen that is not going to harm you or your loved ones. For the ladies they also have make-up reviews as it can be toxic too.

Read more and search sunscreens at this website: http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/fda-fails-consumers/