How Safe Is Your Sunscreen? EWG Skin Deep Ratings Explained

How Safe Is Your Sunscreen? EWG Skin Deep Ratings Explained

How do you know ingredients are safe?  

When it comes to the health and safety of your family, there is no greater priority. We often find ourselves in the aisle of a local drugstore quickly scanning the back of a bottle, looking for a “clean alternative.” Brands pride themselves in using broad terms such as “clean” and “green” but what does that really mean to them? Who is ensuring what they say on the bottle is a true picture of what is actually inside? This is where the EWG's Skin Deep ratings can help...

Sunscreen Toxicity Ratings From EWG Skin Deep

What is EWG Skin Deep? 

Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep database gives people practical solutions to protect themselves and their families from everyday exposure to potentially toxic chemicals in personal care products. EWG believes YOU have a right to know what goes into your products as it pertains to ingredients of concern, providing full transparency and using good manufacturing processes. EWG ratings are based on the below Hazard Score Key.

EWG Hazard Score Key Explained

EWG Verified is the highest rating. Being EWG Verified communicates that this product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health. Look for the EWG Verified logo when shopping for safest products.

EWG Verified Is the Highest Safety Rating
Doesn't the government regulate ingredients?  

When the FDA began to consider sunscreen safety, it grandfathered in active ingredients from the late 1970s without reviewing the evidence of their potential hazards.

In February 2019, the agency released its final draft sunscreens monograph, which contains insufficient health and safety data to designate 12 of the 16 sunscreen filters allowed for use in the U.S. as “generally recognized as safe and effective,” or GRASE.

These 12 ingredients include some of the most commonly used UV filters, including:

  • oxybenzone,
  • octinoxate,
  • octisalate,
  • octocrylene,
  • homosalate
  • and avobenzone. 

According to the agency, “nearly all of these sunscreen active ingredients … have limited or no data characterizing their absorption.”

FDA Studies Show Skin Absorbing Harmful Sunscreen Ingredients 

In 2019 and 2020, FDA published two studies showing that the ingredients oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and avobenzone are all systemically absorbed into the body after a single use (Matta 2019, Matta 2020). 

Read the Study: Effect of Sunscreen Application Under Maximal Use Conditions

The FDA also found that the sunscreen ingredients could be detected on the skin and in blood weeks after application ended (Matta 2020). 

Read the Study: FDA Sunscreen Report Raises Concern Over Chemicals

These findings are troubling, because they show that sunscreen chemicals are circulating in the blood, and the FDA has indicated that the agency does not have enough information to determine whether the chemicals are causing harm. 

The time for change is NOW!  

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We have created a line of safe products with everything from everyday body wash to products for sensitive skin and even sun care.

When it comes to sunscreen where you are putting it on your body daily (lets hope) safe sunscreen is important. Protect your body from chemical sunscreens by choosing a mineral sunscreen that does the job of preventing skin cancer or other skin conditions caused by harsh UV rays. 

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