The Wall Street Journal had a great piece in it today on the sunscreens available in Europe, Asia etc. and why we can't get them here. This is a favorite topic of mine to rant on and I've talked about SPF with Mexoryl here many times.
Those like Ambre Solaire are regarded as the best you can use but the US/FDA is dragging it's feet. These types of blockers have been in use for years overseas so I think we can feel assured that they are not dangerous. Certainly not more so than some of the chemical ones widely used here in the US that are hormone disruptors.They preach sun safety as paramount and it is, but why then keep from us the best sun protection ?
While Consumer Reports is telling us how fabulous generic ones are ( and I have never used them, so who knows, but I am so not going generic in my SPF) you can get some good info from this piece .
In the meantime as I have also said before, if you or someone you know is traveling overseas , stock up . The prices are comparable to our mass market brands , whereas the few you can order online here are much higher. ( Try La Roche Posay. Their Anthelios line has some Mexoryl based, nice sunscreens.)
Full article here :
For a good look at the new US rules and pros/cons, The New York Times also had an informative piece today ( And read some of the comments, much well said there- http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/the-new-rules-for-sunscreen/?smid=tw-share