Environmental Working Group calls for action on sunscreens
As sunscreen formulations have become more sophisticated, activist organisations have started scrutinising the claims they make. One such watchdog is the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
In August 2016 the EWG called on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate sunscreens. The EWG believes that the addition of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants may mask the skin reddening that is the body’s warning sign.
We support the great work of the EWG in highlighting skin damage risks. However, we think antioxidants and other ingredients have an important part to play in protecting skin. A sunscreen needs to do more than screen out UV light – it should also protect against other risks not covered by blocking.
Antioxidant ointments, creams, and lotions may help reduce the risk of wrinkles and protect against sun damage. Unlike sunscreens, they build up in the skin and are not washed away, so the protection may last longer.
No doubt there will be ongoing research into the best way to provide all-round protection against sun damage. We’re confident formulations containing a range of ingredients – including antioxidants – will continue to have a key role.