Monday, June 30, 2008

Who Is Protecting Us From Our Protection?

In the current issue of Vegetarian Times, the magazine gives a “Stick” (its version of a slap on the wrist) to the Food and Drug Administration for “failing to issue sunscreen-safety standards for more than three decades.” According to the article, “research by the Environmental Working Group [indicates] 84 percent of 910 name-brand sunscreen products either offer inadequate sun protection or contain ingredients with significant safety concerns.”

Let me pick up where Vegetarian Times left off and share this thought: The good news is we’re now informed and we have green alternatives.

Debby, my green guru from Real Green Goods ( highly recommends Badger SPF 30 For Face & Body ( As it happens, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) listed its five best (and worst) sunscreens . . . and, wouldn’t you know, Badger SPF 30 is at the top of their “Best” list.

Trust me, if it's good enough for EWG and Debby, it's good enough for us! Just for kicks, here are all the sunscreens on both of EWG's lists:

1. Badger SPF 30
2. Peter Thomas Roth Titanium Dioxide Sunblock SPF 30
3. Sun Spray Sun Screen Neutral SPF 40
4. UV Natural Baby SPF30+ Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
5. Vanicream Sunscreen Sport (formerly Sunscreen SPF 35) SPF 35

1. L'Oréal Dermo-Expertise Line Eraser, Pure Retinol, Daily Treatment with SPF 15
2. B. Kamins Chemist Bio-Maple day cream SPF 15
3. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion with SPF 15
4. B. Kamins Chemist Day Cream SPF 15
5.Caren et Cie Face Treatment (French Vanilla) SPF 15

For more information, visit . . . and then buy some sunscreen-you-can-trust, get outside, and enjoy your (safe and protected) time in the summer sun.

Question of the blog: Where are you in the spectrum in terms of transitioning from conventional to natural body care products?

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