This topic is highly debated and frequently discussed, particularly among parents trying to make the best sunscreen decision for their families, so I jumped at the chance to have my friend and fellow native Hoosier, Professor Ruth, spend some time on the topic for this issue of Sensible Science.  ~Laura


Three years ago, I was closely following the FDA’s progress toward revamping sunscreen regulations because I knew it would be a great story to share at the Chemistry summer camp I teach, and because my first child was going to be spending more time in the sun. A big thing that I do during summer camp is teach students how to read ingredient labels, so I was also researching the active ingredients in sunscreens.

When I got an email through my playgroup mailing list about the Environmental Working Group’s list of sunscreens for that summer, I sighed… (more…)