Some sunscreens get low grades

July 3, 2009 3:25:14 PM PDT
A new study gave brand-name sunscreens a low grade.

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The watchdog organization Environmental Working Group gave the industry a C- in its annual sunscreen guide.

It says sunscreen companies are not doing enough to protect consumers from UV-A radiation. Scientists tested nearly 1,000 brand name products.

Industry officials say the report is flawed. So, what should you look for when buying sunscreen?

"Make sure that you use a sunscreen with UVA and UVB Protection and an SPF of 15-30 or higher. Make sure its UVA and broad spectrum," said dermatologist Dr. Doris Day.

The sunscreens not recommended in the EWG report include:

  • Coppertone Nutrashield
  • Neutrogena ultra sheer dry-touch
  • Huggies little swimmers sunscreen

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