Sunscreen in the harsh light of FDA

Recent studies have shown that chemicals in sunscreen don't stay on your skin. They penetrate into your body, with unknown effects.

For years, you've been urged to slather on sunscreen before venturing outdoors. But new U.S. Food and Drug Administration data reveals chemicals in sunscreens are absorbed into the human body at levels high enough to raise concerns about potentially toxic effects.

Bloodstream levels of four sunscreen chemicals increased dramatically after test subjects applied spray, lotion and cream for four days as directed on the label, according to the report. (Source)

The FDA is now requiring that sunscreen manufacturers report on the risks associated with their products.

The agency has set a November 2019 deadline for manufacturers to provide safety data on their sunscreens, including evaluations of systemic absorption, the risk of cancer from the chemicals, and their effect on reproductive health.

But don't stop wearing sunscreen! Instead buy the safest, effective brand you can. Learn more in this article and visit the Environmental Working Group's list of safest sunscreens.