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EWG’s 14th Annual Sunscreen Guide found that Only About a Quarter of Products Offer Adequate Protection and do not Contain Concerning Ingredients

EWG’s 14th Annual Sunscreen Guide found that Only About a Quarter of Products Offer Adequate Protection and do not Contain Concerning Ingredients

Over the past decade, the FDA has made multiple proposals to strengthen UVA protection in sunscreen products, but none has been made law. Last year, the FDA again proposed changes to require greater UVA protection, but they were postponed. 

For the time being, inferior products will remain on store shelves, despite scientific evidence that the most common ingredients are absorbed into the blood at levels that can cause harm, lack adequate safety testing and are formulated into products that may not adequately protect users from dangerous UVA rays. 

EWG’s 14th Annual Sunscreen Guide assessed more than 1,300 products with SPF, including more than 700 currently available beach and sport sunscreens, and found that only about a quarter of products offer adequate protection and do not contain concerning ingredients, such as oxybenzone, a potentially hormone-disrupting chemical that is readily absorbed by the body.

Last spring, the FDA published proposed sunscreen rules which indicated that most ingredients were inadequately tested for safety and implied that these ingredients would be removed from the market unless appropriate safety testing was conducted. The proposed rules were to be finalized by the end of 2019 but must now be re-proposed by the FDA. Given the delay, it remains unclear when consumers will see better sun protection products. 

While the industry stalls, the FDA has been busy completing tests and proposing changes. The agency published two scientific studies last year showing that, with just a single application, all non-mineral sunscreen ingredients are readily absorbed through the skin and could be detected in our bodies at levels that could cause harm. 

UVA protection is critical, and EWG’s changes strengthen the amount of UVA protection a sunscreen must provide not only the FDA’s UVA standards but also European UVA standards and to EWG’s even more stringent standard, to ensure the highest levels of UVA protection. 

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Love Sun Body formulas offer truly effective sunscreens, meeting and exceeding the regulatory requirements of the FDA OTC Monograph System, the European Commission’s recommendation on UVA protection and Health Canada Natural Health Products Regulations. Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens are made with the safest UVA and UVB filters - SPF 30 formulas non-nano zinc oxide and SPF 50 formulas non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and plant based moisturizers. 

Love Sun Body was given the best score for safety and efficacy by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Love Sun Body sunscreen formulas are certified PETA Cruelty Free and Vegan, with no eye stinging ingredients.

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