Important Takeaways from the Latest Sunscreen Report
We’ve heard so many conflicting things about sunscreen that it’s hard to know what to believe—or buy. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently released an updated report on sunscreen safety that may clear up at least a few of our questions about SPF. Here are the main takeaways:
Mineral sunscreen seems to be our best bet. Not only do these non-irritating sunscreens last longer, they do a better job of protecting skin. Plus, they’re free of chemical sunscreen. Not all chemical sunscreens are created equal, of course. One common ingredient to avoid is oxybenzone. According to Goop, oxybenzone can cause allergic reactions and is an endocrine disruptor.
The best way to protect yourself from melanoma is covering up. Studies are conflicting about sunscreen’s effectiveness against the deadliest form of skin cancer. There are a few things that we know help: wearing protective clothing and hats, avoiding sunburn, and avoiding tanning salons.
Don’t stress about finding SPF 100 (it’s not worth it!). F.D.A. explains that ultra-high SPFs labels are “inherently misleading.” For example, SPF 50 sunscreen blocks 98 percent of UVB rays while SPF 100 blocks 99 percent—the difference in protection is not proportional to the difference in SPF. For most occasions, aim for a broad-spectrum SPF 30.
Our sunscreen recommendations:
MyChelle Sun Shield SPF 28
Juice Beauty CC Cream
Suntegrity 5-in-1 Moisturizing Face Sunscreen Tinted BB Cream (SPF 30)