With new requirements to be honest about how well they protect and how easily they come off, new sunscreen regulations are a step forward, but could still result in you not getting the protection you paid for.
Appleton, the only producer of BPA-free thermal receipt paper in the U.S, announced this week that it has added special markings to its paper so that shoppers and cashiers can immediately see if their receipts are BPA-free.
Chalk one up for the sun in the ongoing battle to keep ourselves from frying. A study of U.S. sunscreens finds that most offer minimal protection from ultraviolet A rays, which can burn us even on cloudy days. Some are even carcinogenic.
Sunscreen is supposed to protect us from cancer, but a new report from the Environmental Working Group claims that many products don't do what they're supposed to. Some sunscreens contains ingredients that might even trigger skin tumors and lesions, according to the EWG's 2010 Sunscreen Guide.
Forget secondhand smoke—the Environmental Working Group thinks we should be worried about "secondhand scents" from perfumes containing hidden chemicals. A report from the EWG claims that best-selling fragrances like Chanel Coco, Britney Spears Curious, and Old Spice After Hours Body Spray contain a number of unlisted chemicals, many of which are associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions.