The Environmental Working Group recently released a report
that looked at 750 sunscreen products. It found nearly 75% offered poor protection or had "worrisome" ingredients.The worst offender? Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100.
EWG rated the sunscreens on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst because they claimed high SPF or contained higher amounts of the additives oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate. The Banana Boat sunscreen is the only one to have scored a 10.Please sign this petition to ask Banana Boat to make its children's sunscreen safer by lowering its SPF claims and removing additives!
SPF claims higher than 50 are "inherently misleading," according to the FDA. This is because you may assume you get twice as much protection from SPF 100 as from SPF 50. But the extra protection is negligible, EWG writes: SPF 50 sunscreen blocks 98% of sunburn rays, while SPF 100 blocks 99%.
Oxybenzone can cause
allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones, yet it's been detected in more than 96% of the American population. Retinyl palmitate, a form of Vitamin A, may actually speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when applied in sunlight.Please sign this petition to ask Banana Boat to make its children's sunscreen safer by lowering its SPF claims and removing additives!