The dawn of summer means the return of beachside BBQs and outdoor celebrations, and we all know how important it is to protect your skin during all that time out in the sun.
The Environmental Working Group's 10th annual Sunscreen Guide makes it easier to find natural sunscreens that you can feel good about applying, reapplying, and reapplying again this season. Their comprehensive report highlights the good, the bad, and the ugly side of sun protection.
Since the release of the first guide back in 2007, the sunscreen industry has made some major strides toward cleaning up its products. Over the past 10 years, there's been a 34 percent rise in mineral-only sunscreens, and the amount of sunscreens that filter out harmful UVA rays has shot up 18 percent. And with industry regulations and testing standards getting stricter and stricter, this progress is likely to continue.
But after researching more than 1,000 sunscreens, SPF moisturizers, and lip products this year, the EWG has determined that there's still a lot more work to be done. Here are four red flags to look out for when shopping for sun protection: