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Sunscreens -- do they let the sun in?

Linda Miller Modified: May 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm •  Published: July 1, 2008

Just as we head into a holiday weekend comes news that many sunscreens don’t protect our skin like they should.

The Environmental Working Group found that 85 percent of sunscreen products with an SPF rating of 15 or higher offer inadequate protection from UV rays or have ingredients that either are known health hazards or have not been tested for safety.

The worst offenders: Leading brands such as Coppertone, Neutrogena and Banana Boat.

Scientists found that some popular sunscreen chemicals actually break down when exposed to sunlight. Others penetrate the skin, causing the possibility of allergic reactiion, hormone disruption and skin damage.

To read the report and a list of recommended sunscreen products, click here

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