The Environmental Working Group released its annual rating of the best sunscreens on the U.S. market—as well as its annual Hall of Shame. The non-profit organization, which tracks everything from pesticide use to drinking water safety, stated that consumers can only trust the claims made by about 20 percent of the sunscreens that were assessed for the 2011 sun season, and added that three out of five sunscreens “offer inadequate protection.”
The EWG said that weak oversight from the Food and Drug Administration has allowed for unproven, or inadequate products to proliferate on the market. According to EWG senior analyst Sonya Lunder, that lack of oversight doesn’t look likely to improve anytime soon. “Without firm guidelines consumers only have a 1 in 5 chance of picking a safe and effective sunscreen from store shelves,” Lunder said.
The EWG’s top-rated sunscreens all contain the minerals zinc or titanium, and are the right choice for people who are looking for the best UVA protection without any sunscreen chemical considered to be a potential hormone disruptor. None of the products contain oxybenzone or vitamin A and none are sprayed or powdered.