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EWG Sunscreen Concerns Cast Shadow Over 13 Children's Formulas

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

In its 10th annual sunscreen report, the Environmental Working Group highlights changes the sunscreen market has undergone in the past decade – both positive and negative in the group's view. It also releases its "best" and "worst" sunscreen picks, with a focus on children's products for the first time.

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