Is Your Sunscreen Safe? Pt. 2

Last week I wrote about the independent study that the EWG (Environmental Working Group) conducted on almost 800 popular sunscreens sold to consumers.

They have created a website where you can look up the sunscreen that you currently use and see how it is rated. All sunscreens are rated on a scale of 1-10 by Sun Hazard and Health Hazard. One being the best and ten being disastrous.

After spending almost an hour searching sunscreens we have, ones we have used in the past and those rated the best, I was BEYOND frustrated at the industry and the false sense of security that they have created for years.

It is safe to say that the majority of sunscreens that are sitting right at the front door of your favorite pharmacy are NOT doing what they say they will do. The rating that popular brands received scared me because I was under the impression that some of these brands were good.

The sunscreen that we have been using on our son for about a year now received the second-worst rating in the baby category. Needless to say, we threw out all unused lotion and purchased one from EWG’s top 3.

Three products that received strong reviews from the EWG were California baby, Mustela, and Kinesys. All three of these lotions may cost you a bit more, but the research strongly suggests that they do not have any cancer-causing agents and most are free from Developmental/reproductive toxicity and Allergies/immunotoxicity ingredients.

Suri Cruise was recently seen on the beach in France carrying a bottle of California Baby. Someone smart is obviously advising the Cruises on great products for their children.

Hopefully other parents will start to realize that just because the product is common or has been around for years, it doesn’t mean that it is safe. As consumers, we tend to take the path of least resistance and use what is easily accessible.

With the heat of the summer upon us, kids need to be protected from the strong sun. Please take the time and review the list of recommended sunscreens. Your kids will thank you later!!

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Lisa Arneill

Founder of Growing Your Baby and World Traveled Family. Canadian mom of 2 boys, photo addict, lover of bulldogs, and museumgoer. Always looking for our next vacation spot!

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