Today EWG released its 13th Annual Guide to Sunscreens, which rates the safety and efficacy of more than 1300 SPF products, including sunscreens, daily moisturizers and lip balms with SPF values. EWG researchers found that two-thirds of sunscreen products still offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients, like oxybenzone.

In February, the Food and Drug Administration released a proposal for updated sunscreen regulations – a big step toward cleaning up a poorly regulated industry, with much-needed reforms that would better protect public health. According to EWG’s assessment, only 40 percent of the products on EWG’s list contain active ingredients that FDA has proposed are safe and effective, based on the agency’s new draft rules.

“The good news is that the FDA has reaffirmed what EWG has advocated for 13 years: Based on the best current science, the safest and most effective sunscreen active ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide,” said Nneka Leiba, director of EWG’s Healthy Living Science program. “It’s long past time that the chemicals used in sunscreens were tested to show that they will not harm our health.”

Even better news: EWG researchers found more than 260 sunscreens that meet our criteria for safety and efficacy and would likely meet the proposed FDA standards. Even the biggest brands now provide mineral options for consumers.  

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