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Here Comes the Sun(screen Guide)

by verdemama on May 28, 2010

Just in time for the unofficial start of summer, Environmental Working Group (creator of my beloved cosmeticsdatabase.com, which rates the toxicity of all our favorite personal care products) has released its annual Sunscreen Guide for 2010—dishing the dirty deets on which sunscreens are friends of skin and which should never see the light of day. Quoth ewg.org: “EWG’s research team found that 92 percent of brand name sunscreens either don’t sufficiently protect skin from sun damage or contain hazardous chemicals — or both.” Uh, great.

After seeing an ever-increasing number of friends and family have to deal with melanomas (and I, myself, having a few suspect moles removed from my lilly white bod), I’ve come to consider myself somewhat of a sunscreen freak. Unfortunately the years of teen tanning are starting to leave their wrinkly roadmaps across my exterior, and while I know I can’t undo the damage that’s been done, I’m definitely not down with picking up any more. SPF me, baby!

I was glad to see one of my fave and most-used sunscreens, JASON Natural Cosmetics’ Sunbrellas, was given a pretty great rating on EWG’s Sunscreen Guide. I like JASON because it feels good and moisturizing (using natural ingredients), smells great (coconut-y) and keeps me from getting too roasty toasty. I’ve also been a fan of the JASON kids’ sunblock, but it looks like it’s got a little higher toxicity rating than I find necessary. I think for Orion I’ll switch to the California Baby SPF30 (a great brand—I’m a fan of their Calming Shampoo and Bodywash).

How does your sunscreen rate?

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