PW Tip #2: If you wear sunscreen…

PW Tip #2: If you wear sunscreen…
June 3, 2019 Christina Mullin

…You need to read this.

The chemicals in sunscreen don’t just sit on top of the skin; they get absorbed in the bloodstream, according to new research from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal JAMA found that several active ingredients in different sunscreens enter the bloodstream at levels that far exceed the FDA’s recommended threshold without a government safety inspection.

Did you know that sunscreens have not been subjected to standard drug safety testing?

When shopping for a sunscreen, choose one that is mineral based, doesn’t have a really high SPF and isn’t combined with bug repellent.

An ingredient found in most conventional sunscreens is oxybenzone, a potential hormone disruptor that readily penetrates the skin.

Oxybenzone is also believed by scientists to be toxic to coral reefs, which has led Hawaii to ban sunscreens that contain it.


A great resource for info about safe sunscreens is

Photo credit: Alasdair Mclellan