i know, not the sexiest sounding link. sorry.
but this includes a lot of really scary, but important, information about common ingredients in sun care products. it’s cool the way skin care companies include cancer-causing ingredients in their sunscreen, when we are using sunscreen to protect us from cancer. good stuff, companies!
i wrote very angry letters to neutrogena and kiehl’s, my main skin care companies, and, if you see these gross ingredients in your products, i would encourage you to do the same.
points i made:
1) why would you include products that MIGHT have harmful ingredients, even if the research is not totally conclusive? why wouldn’t you err on the side of caution?
2) the environmental working group has an agreement for companies to sign, agreeing to provide complete information on their product ingredients and to refrain from including harmful ingredients in their products. why haven’t you signed that agreement?
3) neutrogena specifically, why would you make products that claim to have SPF levels higher than 50, when that’s just a sales gimmick? and why don’t you provide all the information customers need in order to get the best results from your products, such as the amount needed and how frequently to reapply?
it’s totally fine if no one cares about this issue at all and my feelings totally won’t be hurt if you want to ignore this, but for anyone who’s interested, i’m happy to have you on my crazy, angry consumer team! if there is a heaven, my mom is looking down on me with satisfaction. she was a big fan of the angry consumer letter. the irate apple doesn’t fall far from the irate tree!
p.s. thanks to nora, for emailing the link to ana, who emailed it to me. and thanks to gina, for posting the link to the article about the findings.