cosmetic-safety-database.jpg All sunscreens are not the same. This was proved by a research conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) on the safety and effectiveness of more than 700 branded sunscreens. They have also launched a website that contains a database of safe and effective products that protects the skin from the sun's harmful rays that cause skin aging, wrinkling and cancer.

Study Highlights
a. This research was based on almost 400 peer-reviewed studies of 17 sunscreen chemicals approved for use in the US.
b. It analyzed the toxic ingredient in sunscreens that is linked to 60 industry and government databases on chemical hazards.
c. It also made customized, product-by-product assessments of protection from both UVA and UVB radiation.
d. It was seen that 84 per cent of 785 sunscreen products with an SPF rating of 15 or higher is not adequate as protection from the sun's harmful rays.
e. Some of the ingredients in sunscreens are not safe.
f. It was also seen that some popular sunscreen chemicals disintegrate when exposed to sunlight.
g. There are some other chemicals that penetrate the skin and cause adverse health effects.

Highlights of the website
a. It helps consumers to identify the safest and most effective sunscreens.
b. It has a rating system that includes information on UVA protection, the stability of the product in the sun and potential health hazards of the products.
c. Products are ranked in terms of safety and effectiveness.
d. It exposes bogus claims on sunscreen products.
e. It contains safety tips for a person who might be exposed to the sun.