EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) 6th annual Sunscreen Guide rates 257 brands and more than 1,800 products for sun protection. Each year since the start the Environmental Working Group has taken the time to research and test sunscreens, lotions, SPF lip balms, make-up and moisturizer’s to report on the effectiveness and safety of each product. You might be surprised which products rate as hazardous on their scale. It’s easy to find your product–just enter the brand and type into the search section, then click on ‘GO!’
Rating of the products are given a score:
- 0-2 = Low Hazard
- 3-6 = Moderate Hazard
- 7-10 = High Hazard
This year they are proud to announce that they recommend 1 in 4 of more than 800 beach and sport sunscreens! EWG also added more baby and kid’s sunscreens to the database. It was found that “more products made specifically for children use safe, effective ingredients, relative to sunscreens marketed for the general public.”
About 63 percent of kids’ sunscreens contain effective mineral ingredients that provide good UVA protection, compared to 40 percent of other sunscreens.
It’s a good thing that a resource like the EWG is available to the public because if consumers had to wait around for the government to figure things out we would all still be in the dark. The FDA made big promises last year that by June 2012 there would be a requirement to change the labels on sunscreen so that consumers would be more informed when purchasing sunscreen. You can read more about the details on this blog post. Now they are giving large sunscreen manufacturers an extra six months, until mid-December, to rid their sunscreen labels of misleading terms such as “waterproof” or “sunblock.” We will just have to wait and see if the FDA will follow through with these regulations in time for next summer.
EWG points out some safety gaps that the delay of the regulations creates. Take note:
- Sunscreens with poor UVA protection remain legal. Half the sunscreens in our database will pass the FDA’s “broad spectrum” test provide such weak UVA protection that they would not be sold in Europe. There, manufacturers voluntarily comply with a European Union recommendation that all sunscreens provide meaningful UVA protection in relation to SPF.
- Sunscreens can still hype super-high SPF (sunburn protection factor) ratings that prevent burns from UVB rays but leave users at risk for skin damage and aging caused by UVA rays. About 1 in 7 beach and sport sunscreens claim SPFs greater than 50+. The FDA has proposed barring SPF claims higher than 50 but has not issued regulations to make it mandatory. Studies show that high-SPF users are exposed to as many or more ultraviolet rays as those who use lower-SPF products, probably because consumers get a false sense of security from those big numbers. They wait too long before reapplying sunscreen and stay out too long.
- Spray and powder sunscreens that may eventually damage lungs are still out there. The FDA is investigating their toxicity risks.
For now you can definitely get very informed information on the EWG website and UV Skinz is pleased to announce the launch of our new sunscreen section on the main UV Skinz website . We are excited to provide the Beyond Coastal stick which is the ONLY non-mineral, chemical based sunscreen we currently carry but it is still highly EWG rated. Beyond Coastal is a good choice for those who prefer to avoid nano-scale minerals like zinc and titanium (the primary active ingredients for almost all of our sunscreens) or who don’t like the smell or feel of mineral sunscreens but the trade-off is that it contains at least one chemical considered to be a potential hormone disruptor. The Kinesys sprays and Cotz lip balm are ranked a 3 on EWG’s list and all other sunscreens we are carry are ranked 1 or 2 on the EWG rating. We all know 1 is the best you can get!
Sunscreen is a very important factor in overall sun-protection, but there are other steps that are equally as important.
- Try to avoid the peak sun hours of the day between 10am and 4pm.
- If you must be in direct sunlight during those times then seek shade under a tree, canopy, umbrella or wide-brimmed hat.
- Wearing UV Skinz sun-protective clothing while enjoying any outdoor activities will decrease the amount of sunscreen used on your body. Mostly you will only have to apply sunscreen to your face, neck, ears, backs of hands and legs if your lower body, chest and back are covered with uv-protective coverings.
- Do monthly skin self-checks for changes in existing or new moles!
It’s day two of the 2010 ABC Kids Expo. UV Skinz is one of hundreds of vendors displaying baby and kids products. If you are in the Las Vegas area we invite you to stop by, we are at Booth 7531!
UV Skinz will be spreading the word about our mission to “Get Kids Covered” with our top quality uv swim shirts. Attendees will see our swim shirt designs, ask questions and find out how they can help us spread the word about Melanoma prevention. Follow UV Skinz on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest news from the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The ABC Kids Expo was founded as a partnership between independent specialty store retailers and the manufacturers who support them, as a method in which to promote the long-term sustained growth of the industry as well as to provide valuable opportunities for networking and education.
The main focus of the show is on products from newborn through teen, predominantly in the areas of furniture, bedding, room décor, baby gear, gift and layette, toys and related accessories.
I am really excited to tell you about this amazing all-natural children’s skincare. Tru Kid. All of Tru Kid’s products are made from essential oils and natural ingredients (all ingredients are non-toxic and gluten-free!) in bright, eye-catching packaging with REALLY fun names! Tru Kid is “built on a philosophy to encourage kids to form healthy habits that last a lifetime.” What I love is that they do it in such a fun, encouraging, and very positive way. It is such a great concept. We can all agree that healthy habits, good manners, and responsibility are learned at an early age. To help children learn how to care for themselves and have fun doing it, Tru Kid provides printable songs, rhymes, and Healthy Habits checklists.
It is no wonder that Tru Kid would have such a great product line; from their Bubbly Bubble Wash to the Happy Face and Body Lotion since the creator and CEO is a Mom. Here is her story…
“When she first explored the idea of creating a children’s skincare product line, Jennifer Adams Bunkers was a mother of five with another on the way, and serving as CEO of her international products manufacturing company, Velocity Source Group. As one can imagine, such a busy lifestyle left little time for a complicated regimen when it came to keeping her children’s skin protected and healthy. However, with her children participating in various sports teams under the sun and other outdoor activities, Jennifer realized that using skincare products on her children was absolutely necessary.”
Jennifer’s goal is that kids will grow up taking care of themselves, each other and their environment. Even my three-year-old can use her Healthy Habits Pack and she can’t read the words on the label yet, but Tru Kid has a unique learning system that places easy to recognize pictures and labels on all of their products. If Journey sees a smiley face then she knows it is for her face only, or she knows a head with crazy hair means the product is for her hair, etc.
Jennifer also paired seven Healthy Habits with seven incredible Tru Kid’s products to come up with the Healthy Habits Pack. In each Healthy Habits Pack you get; a Sunny Days Sunscreen, a Happy Face and Body Lotion, a Friendly Face Wash, a mini Hero Stick, a Spiffy Spearmint Lip Balm, and a Bubbly Bath Bar. Now combine these with every child’s seven daily Healthy Habits!
- Eating a good-for-you breakfast (For example: cereal, milk, fruit etc.).
- Washing your hands with warm water and soap, to prevent the spreading of germs!
- Washing your face at night to keep it looking and feeling clean and healthy.
- Putting Sunscreen on everyday, to prevent sunburns and other harmful effect from the sun.
- Brushing your teeth in the morning, after every meal and before bed (when possible).
- And who could forget bathing!! We all need bath time!
What a great resource for parents and an excellent learning tool for children! And guess what?! You could WIN one! Tru Kid is gracious enough to GIVEAWAY one Healthy Habits Pack to ONE lucky winner!
How to ENTER!
(You MUST complete this first entry to qualify for the additional entries)
Entry #1 : Visit the Tru Kid website, browse around their About Us link and leave a comment telling me one reason why you (your child) should use Tru Kid.
Extra Entries – #1 must be done first.
****(Leave a comment for each)****
*Follow UV Skinz on Twitter and post on Twitter about the contest (1 entry).
*Follow Tru Kid on Twitter and post on Twitter about the contest (1 entry)
*Sign-up for the UV Skinz newsletter (5 entries).
- Blog about this contest with a hyper links to this post and Tru Kid’s website (10 entries). Don’t forget to leave the link in your comment.
One winner will be chosen!
*I will be using a random number generator (random.org) to select the winner. The winner will be emailed and also announced on here on Wednesday April 8, 2009.
- Contest ends at 11:59pm on Tuesday April 7,2009. If the prize is not claimed in 48 hours a new winner will be chosen. (Good reason to subscribe in reader–so you don’t miss the chance to claim your prize!)