We’re sailing right through Spring and on our way to Summer!! I’m so thankful for the shining sun, green grass, beautiful flowers, warm temperatures, and cool breezes. As we all begin spending more time outside, I wanted to share info on sunscreens.

Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a company that works to protect kids from toxic chemicals in our food, water, air and the products we use every day.

EWG asked a great and simple question “Does your sunscreen work?” and after researching available sunscreens, I was shocked to find out that only 20% of available sunscreens are trustworthy! You wouldn’t think that ingredients in certain sunscreens would have that much of an effect on your body, but some ingredients have somehow slipped past the Food and Drug Administration and can potentially put you at risk for endocrine disruption and even speed skin tumor developments. While we don’t have a say in what ingredients are put in sunscreen, we do have a choice in which we will buy.

EWG’s website offers a comprehensive list of available sunscreens, each with a score from 1-10, 1 being the least hazardous, and 10 being the most. Their website also offers great tips for shopping for sunscreens. All information can be found at Environmental Working Group .

It can be hard to remember which one of these sunscreens are more or less toxic so EWG has created an app with an extensive database of sunscreens.  You can find more about the app by going to the EWG sunscreen app page.