Thanks to all of you who signed the online petition to the FDA regarding mislabeling of sunscreens…over 54,000 signed the Environmental Working Group’s petition!
These rules — that go into effect June 2012 — fall short. While they bar the industry from continuing to use misleading claims like “waterproof,” “sweatproof” and “sunblock,” they still allow potentially dangerous ingredients like retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone. In another example of almost-but-not-quite-right, the FDA’s new standard for UVA protection is so weak that it will allow nearly every product on the market today to claim both UVA and UVB protection, indicated by the term “broad spectrum” despite the fact that some products do not offer adequate protection.
What this means is…you will still need to read the ingredients on sunscreen products or check your product on an online sunscreen guide like EWG’s sunscreen guide, which is updated every year. This is a great first step!
Credit: Environmental Working Group