|Praises, no criticism|
|Some praise, no criticism|
|Praises, some criticism|
|Criticism, some praise|
Note: Ratings are based on company record, including parent companies.
They are not a comment on the product itself.
|Outstanding Product Feature|
|Animal Ingredients Alert|
|The Guide > Personal Care > Toiletries > Sunscreen|
Physical sunscreens use titanium dioxide to reflect UV rays. This is manufactured using a chlorine process that releases harmful dioxins into the atmosphere. These don't breakdown but accumulate up the food chain and have been linked to cancer. Scientific studies have shown that the use of 'nanoparticle' ingredients can produce free radicals and damage DNA, especially when exposed to UV light, and can result in serious skin damage. Other sunscreens are chemically based, absorbing rays. These have been criticised as leading to pollution of aquatic zones as they come off in water. [more]
- Look for Zinc oxide as active ingredient rather than Titanium dioxide.
- Avoid ingredients linked to skin damage - padimate O & avobenzone; and chemicals that can mess with hormones - benzophenone, oxybenzone, homosalate & octyl methoxycinnamate.
- Learn more about the use of nanoparticles in Australian sunscreens at Friends of the Earth's Emerging Tech Project. [FOE]
|Sun Sense||Ego Pharmaceuticals||2|
|Clear Zinke||Key Sun||2|
|Cancer Council||Skin Health (Vitality Brands)||2|
|Le Tan||Heritage Brands||3|
|Sun Zapper||Sun Zapper||3|
|Natural Instinct||Mentholatum Australasia (Rohto Pharmaceutical)||JPN||3|
|Banana Boat||Edgewell Australia (Edgewell)||USA||5|
|Invisible Zinc||iNova (Valeant)||CAN||5|
|Nivea||Beiersdorf Australia (maxingvest)||GER||6|
|Neutrogena||Johnson & Johnson Pacific (Johnson & Johnson)||USA||6|