But I said this was going to be about Neutrogena sunscreen didn't I?
The back story- I try to follow the guidelines- only work outside until 10:00 AM, stay out of the sun until after 4:00 PM. I cover up- wear the big ridiculous hat. But sometimes the overwhelming power of warm sun and cool breeze, the pleasure of hard uncomplicated physical labor and gardening's instant gratification mesmerize me and I stay out too long. In years past I'd just slather on layer after layer of sunscreen and feel confident I was being smart and proactive. A no-brainer, right?
Not exactly. I just read Skin Deep's expose' and learned how little anyone actually knows about the efficacy and the safety of sunscreen. The incongruities are shocking. From questions about its ability to adequately protect against UV rays to the inclusion of downright dangerous ingredients- it's all bad news. You want an example? Okay, how about the vitamin A used in sunscreen has been linked to skin tumors? (NIH Panel press release January 2011)
more after the jump...
So it's definitely a case of buyer beware. And that brings us full circle to my previously old reliable, Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 45
It received a whopping 7 from Skin Deep. That's in the red zone - as in high hazard! Here's the breakdown taken directly from EWG's Skin Deep database:
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 45 (old formulation)
|how to read the score|
|UVB Protection (SPF)||EXCELLENT|
|Product Type||sunscreen: SPF greater than 30|
|Made by||Neutrogena by Johnson & Johnson|
|Data last updated||August 2007|
|Hey... WAIT! Before you go here to read the results for yourselves I want to give you a link to find safer alternatives. |
All of these sunscreens were assessed by EWGs Skin Deep
and received a low to no hazard risk ( 1- 2 ).
So what are you doing to protect yourself ? I'm about to order hara from Amazon.com. I'd love to hear what you're doing!
NOW- for those of you who just want to see the Neutrogena results here they are:
Health concerns of ingredients
|Developmental & reproductive toxicity|
|Allergies & immunotoxicity|
|Other HIGH concerns: Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Miscellaneous, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes|
|Other MODERATE concerns: Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)|
|Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology, Data gaps, Enhanced skin absorption|
Sunscreen UV Absorbance
Absorbance is the capacity of the sunscreen to absorb UV radiation before it reaches your skin.
Label InformationIngredients from packaging
|:||ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: AVOBENZONE 2.0%, HOMOSALATE 7.0%, OCTINOXATE 7.5%, OCTISALATE 5.0%, OXYBENZONE 3.0%. INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: WATER, SILICA, ADIPIC ACID/DIETHYLENE GLYCOL/GLYCERIN CROSSPOLYMER, VP-HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, DIMETHICONE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE COPOLYMER, GLYCERIN, OAT (AVEENA SATIVA) KERNEL EXTRACT, SQUALANE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, RETINYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, BHT, CETYL DIMETHICONE, DISABOLOL, DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, POLYSORBATE 60, TETRASODIUM EDTA, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, XANTHAN GUM, BENZYL ALCOHOL, ISOPROPYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE.|