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EWG Names Block Island Organics a Top Sunscreen

by Will / May, 28 2014 01:30

FDA graphic explaining broad spectrum sunscreen

Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit consumer advocacy group, puts out a new sunscreen guide. This is the guide's 8th year and we are named one of the best sunscreens out there!

What is the EWG guide?  It contains hundreds of sunscreens / sunblocks the EWG examines and rates.  They painstakingly look through sunscreen ingredients by ingredient to determine what works and what is safe.  In their own words it "gives shoppers an easy-to-use, searchable online database to the safest, most effective sun protection products."

This year Block Island Organics sunscreens are a top pick, rating well across all of their categories: UVA & UVB protection, UVA/UVB balance, sunscreen stability and health concerns.  We're really excited!!! We liken it to a bit of validation of our effort to provide safe, effective and non-toxic sun care products to everyone.

On top of this, the EWG has some startling facts in the guide's press release.  On effectiveness and toxicity they say:

Two-thirds of the sunscreens analyzed by EWG researchers either don’t work well enough or contain ingredients that may be toxic, including vitamin A and oxybenzone. In addition, only one in four daily moisturizers containing SPF offer strong and lasting protection from the sun.

That's pretty surprising and why we are glad to receive a top rating.  The press release also talks about the prevalence of high SPF products on the market and why SPFs over 50 are circumspect. In fact, we talked about this previously too in our article "What a Sunscreen's SPF Really Means".  Here's what the EWG has to say:

Some 15 percent of beach and sport sunscreens on the market this summer are labeled SPF 50+ or higher. The FDA has called any product with SPF above 50+ “inherently misleading.” High-SPF products offer slightly more UVB protection than those with lower numbers, but studies show that people misuse them and end up with more UV exposure and more sunburn.

One more piece of advice from the EWG is to avoid spray sunscreens.  We know, these are seemingly easy to use.  Heck, we used to use them before we knew better.  One of the reasons not to use them is you don't want to inhale a sunscreen - mineral or chemical.  It's not good for the respiratory system.  The other reason is their effectiveness is in question.  A lot of a spray sunscreens will be lost to the wind.  Here again, the EWG has a few thoughts:

Another product EWG recommends avoiding is spray sunscreen. Sprays account for one in three of the products in this year’s database, but the FDA has said that the sunscreen industry has not produced data to confirm that spray sunscreen products are safe or effective.

Needless to say we are pretty excited about our sunscreens / sunblocks rating so well.  We think it's an honor and appreciate what the EWG is doing to highlight safer and more effective consumer products across the board.  If you want to learn more about their 2014 Sunscreen Guide, here are a few links to check out:

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