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EWG Endorses Mineral Sunscreens, Avobenzone And UVA-Protective Chemicals Stranded In Europe

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Three-fourths of sunscreens marketed in the US offer “inferior” protection or contain “worrisome” chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group’s 2020 Sunscreen Guide. The guide shows overwhelming preference for mineral over chemical sunscreens, while also suggesting that Americans would be better off if UVA-protective chemical filters in Europe were allowed stateside.

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