waterloop #27: Carla Burns on Choosing a Safe and Effective Sunscreen

Carla Burns is a Research and Database Analyst with the Environmental Working Group.

In this episode Carla discusses the safety and effectiveness of sunscreens, including EWG’s review of more than 1,300 products that found only 25 percent offer sufficient protection and don’t contain ingredients of concern such as oxybenzone. She explains that the best sunscreens are mineral-based and offer broad-spectrum protection, particularly against UVA rays. Carla also talks about the importance of minimizing exposure to the sun by wearing a hat and sunglasses, finding shade, and avoiding the sun in the middle of day.

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