Thanks to this iPhone sunscreen application by the Environmental Working Group, you’ll get the expert guidance you need to protect yourself and your family all year long. Spring and summer bring lots of fun outdoor activities, but time in the sun can also can equate to painful sunburns and skin cancer concerns. And even if you wear sunscreen, do you know which ones work the best? Which are the safest to put on your skin? And which ones you should avoid like the plague?
The Environmental Working Group created the EWG Sunscreen Buyer’s Guide app, which is a sunscreen application that claims 1,400+ different sunscreens, lotions, lip balms, and makeup products. All included products offer some sort of sunscreen protection. And the EWG is prepared to let you know which products rate the best, somewhere in between, and which ones rate the worst. And interestingly, according to the EWG Sunscreen Buyer’s Guide app description, “EWG researchers found that only 25 percent of products on the market in 2013 offer strong and broad UV protection and pose a few safety concerns.”
I found the EWG sunscreen application to be a helpful Reference app and very straightforward. I say straightforward because you won’t find a lot of text information nor articles to read directly in this app. But, this iPhone sunscreen application does a good job of helping consumers quickly and easily find recommended and top-rated broad-spectrum products that have less hazardous chemicals to absorb into the skin, which means potentially fewer health concerns now and in the future.
Each products listed in this sunscreen application comes with an overall score, individual ratings on UVA/UVB, listed health concerns, as well as individual ingredients with a number rating for each. And in most cases, an Amazon link to take you to buy the products.
Sunscreens are rated into 3 categories: 0-2 recommended, 3-6 caution, and 7-10 avoid. I didn’t find any products with a higher rating than 5 listed in the “Best” category. And if you don’t see any of your sunscreen products is this group, simply do a search in “Find Yours” category. I was totally surprised to find out that my standard sunscreen (Neutrogena Pure&Free Baby Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 60+) received an alarming overall score of 7 due to the BHT, Vitamin A Palmitate and Oxybenzone ingredients.
After finding that out, I wanted to know what these ingredients were and why they are so bad. Unfortunately, this sunscreen application does not readily provide that information within the app. However, there is a direct link to the ewg.org website where you can read about sunscreen products, makeup products, cleaning products and explore many other EWG related articles. I should also point out that you will come across several “free” EWG guides that you can “donate” to receive. Your donations help fund ongoing research and you do get something in exchange.
The EWG Sunscreen Buyer’s Guide app does provide some other helpful information in the app such as “Top Tips,” which give you a short list of what to look for in an effective and safe sunscreen and which top 2 ingredients to avoid, as well as which 2 work best (Zinc or Titanium and Avobenzone).
So, if you’re looking for a quick sunscreen reference guide backed by expert opinion, then the EWG Sunscreen Buyer’s Guide sunscreen app is worth a download. This sunscreen application will help you protect yourself and your family from potential sunburns and hopefully skin cancer. Find out how well your sunscreen products rate. You might be surprised.
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