Updated Jul 4, 2008
An environmental group, and the skincare industry are at loggerheads amidst claims of some sunscreens being ineffective or laden with dangerous chemicals. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently released report indicates that only 15 percent of sunscreens are meeting the standards for effective sun protection. According to EWG, these products provide “broad spectrum protection”, which means that they protect against both types of radiation, UVA and UVB. In addition, the 15 percent also contains safe ingredients based on the Group’s research.
The EWG singled out one of the industry’s best known brand as being the worst performer. Jane Houlihan, research director at EWG, in an interview published online said, “You can buy a high SPF product and still have no assurance that you are being protected from UVA, as well as UVB rays.”
Industry experts are disputing the claims of the EWG.
Written by the CareFair.com Editorial Team.