EWG’s 2023 Sunscreen Guide: Oxybenzone Use Down, ‘EWG Verified’ Products Up
The Environmental Working Group’s annual sunscreen report finds that one in four products evaluated meet its standards for protection and ingredient avoidance, fairly consistent with the past three years but still worse than 2019. This year, “gold standard” sunscreen products bear the nonprofit’s “Verified” mark.
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