You may have noticed some ‘big news’ in sunscreen yesterday! A study was published in JAMA showing that some of the active ingredients used in chemical sunscreens can be found in the bloodstream after a day of use.
Most importantly, what does this mean? Good question! The study’s conclusion stated that more research was necessary to determine the significance of these findings. It also suggested that different sunscreen formulations (sprays, creams, lotions) have different systemic absorption rates. It did not recommend that anyone refrain from using sunscreen.
In months and years to come, we will have more information on the significance of this study. We will know more about whether or not the systemic presence of these ingredients is cause for concern.
In the meantime, we will continue to use sunscreen made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide – these are known as ‘physical blockers’ because they physically prevent the sun from getting to your skin. These ingredients have been approved through the FDA’s GRASE designation for safe and effective sunscreens. Physical (aka mineral) sunscreens work best, so we’ve been using these anyhow. Gone are the days when these formulations were thick and white – brands like @eltamdskincare @neutrogena and @revisionskincare make very nice, lightweight physical sunscreen formulations.
We will also continue safe sun practices, like wearing a hat and sun protective clothing – and seeking shade when reasonable. For the kiddos, we will continue to encourage them to wear sun protective swimwear and playwear. We will also continue to apply zinc oxide and titanium dioxide formulations to protect their skin from the sun. @allgoodbrand makes some of our favorite formulations for the kids.
We hope that this information helps you to navigate one of the biggest health & wellness stories in the news right now. Below, you will see that we’ve posted the link to the original JAMA article and the accompanying editorial, if you are interested in learning more!