The iPhone may not be on Environmental Working Group’s “Best Phones” list for avoiding cell phone radiation, but EWG’s still targeting iPhone users with its other consumer health initiatives. Not too long ago, EWG turned its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides into an iPhone app, making it easier for produce shoppers to avoid the most contaminated fruits and veggies. This week, EWG’s out with a new app — that helps shoppers pick safer sunscreens.
Called the EWG Sunscreen Buyer’s Guide, this new iPhone app lets you quickly look up a sunscreen brand you’re considering to get an overall score, as well as details on the type of protections it offers. Found a sunscreen that isn’t in EWG’s database? Then pull up EWG’s sun safety tips on the app to make sure the ingredients in the product aren’t dangerous or ineffective.
If, like me, you don’t have an iPhone, you’ll need to settle for the web version of EWG’s sunscreen guide — or donate $10 to the nonprofit to get a comparatively jankier bag tag with sunscreen information.
Of course, even the interactive iPhone app won’t be able to tell you how well the sunscreen works in real life. To find out whether a safer sunscreen will be too thick to rub on easily, too greasy for daily use, or too whitish, you’ll need to rely on the tester tubes in store — or our sunscreen reviews at MNN.
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- California Baby: Safe, effective sunscreen
- Elemental Herbs: A Safe tinted sunscreen
- Sunumbra: A Safer, pallor-free sunscreen