The 9th annual sunscreen guide by U.S.-based organization, Environmental Working Group, has some surprising name brands on their Hall of Shame list this year, including Neutrogena, Banana Boat and Coppertone.
In their on-line report, the EWG says the sunscreens that make it onto the Hall of Shame list are “not only a waste of money and time but also potentially harmful.”
“Fully 80 percent of 1,700 products we examined this year offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone and vitamin A.”
The report also singles out Neutrogena. saying the company’s advertising hype is “further from reality than any other major brand we studied.”
Recommended products “to banish from your beach bag.”
- Spray sunscreens can be inhaled, and they don’t cover skin completely.
- SPF values above 50+ try to trick you into believing they’ll prevent sun damage. Don’t trust them. SPF protection tops out at 30 to 50.
- Oxybenzone can disrupt the hormone system.
- Retinyl palmitate may trigger damage, possibly cancer.
Besides the Hall of Shame, they provide a comprehensive guide that lists both:
EWG also offers an app which scans barcodes and gives reviews of various skin products.
Read the full report EWG’s 2015 Guide to Sunscreens.