Hello Mr. Sun!

July 2, 2008 at 11:43 pm 2 comments

Happy belated Canada Day! How did you celebrate? Did you take in some of the festivities happening around town or spent the day with family and friends outdoors? No matter how you celebrated, the past long weekend gave us a dose of what summer days are going to be like. And sunnier days in the forecast calls for more frequent and liberal application of sunscreen.

For a long time, I knew that not all sunscreens were created equal. Besides the varying SPF numbers and paraben-free or not paraben-free ingredients; there are the water-proof, sweat-proof, and water-resistant varieties; sprays, lotions, and creams; scented and unscented; and kid versus adult versions. But it was just recently that I discovered that some listed active ingredients may not give you the UVA and UVB protection that you would assume it should give. Plus, some of the actual ingredients may cause unnecessary health concerns.

So now what? You should visit Skin Deep. Once again, it’s from the EWG (you must know by now that I can’t rave enough about them). It is a pretty impressive database of the health hazard profile of numerous cosmetic and personal care products. Each product is given 2 ratings: hazard rating and data gap rating. You need to look at both ratings because a low hazard rating doesn’t necessary deem a product to be safe. The data gap rating will give you in percentage of how much is unknown about the ingredients. Each product profile goes into detail the safety concerns of each ingredient, some have user reviews and comments, and many list optional “better” products that have lower concerns. It is the best and largest database available of its kind and I think it is definitely worth browsing through.

Wondering about your sunscreen? Look it up in their sunscreen section. If it’s not there, you can always input the ingredients and package information yourself and generate a provisional report; you just need to sign up to set up a personal account first.

See their sunscreen buying guide if you would like some recommendations.

A happy and safe sunny summer to everyone!



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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alena  |  December 5, 2008 at 6:05 am

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



    • 2. simplesprouts  |  December 8, 2008 at 10:31 am

      Thanks Alena for reading. It’s nice to get feedback and we’re delighted to find other people who share the same interest.


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