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80% of Sun-Protection Products Fail

The 2015 sunscreen guide produced by the Environmental Working Group reports that 80 percent of the products claiming to provide SPF protection from the sun fail to do so, and in fact provide "inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients" such as oxybenzone, a possible hormone disrupter, and vitamin A, which can actually increase the skin's sensitivity to sun exposure. The EWG analyzed and has rated over 1,700 sunscreens, lip balms and moisturizers, and comes down especially hard on Neutrogena products, as well as products boasting SPF levels of 100 or more, given that the FDA has found no increase in sun protection beyond the SPF 50 level. Only 14 percent of men and 30 percent of women regularly put on sunscreen when spending more than an hour in sunlight in any case.

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