As temperatures heat up and we all start looking ahead towards summer days and relaxing vacations, sunscreen is a big item on all of our shopping lists. And while sunscreen safety has long been a topic of concern for the crunchier among us, it has recently become a hot topic on the news and brought it to the attention of the general public. These headlines are due to a study published by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, part of the FDA, that investigated the safety of four common sunscreen ingredients: avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule and octocrylene.
The FDA's pilot study found that these chemicals easily cross the skin and readily enter our bloodstream after only a single day of use. Concentrations continue to rise with continued use and take a minimum of one day to metabolize out of the bloodstream.
Oxybenzone was the worst culprit among the bunch as it was absorbed 50-100 times higher than the other ingredients tested. It has also previously been shown to be present in 97% of urine samples the CDC tested - and has even been detected in mothers' breastmilk! Considering that oxybenzone is suspected of being a hormone disruptor for males and may have a negative impact on pregnancy duration and birth weight, it is high time that it is being scrutinized for human safety as a large percentage of our population slathers ourselves with it. In addition to the potential risk for people, oxybenzone also has devastating effects on ocean life and causes coral bleaching, a major threat to the ocean's delicate ecosystem.
This new study drawing attention to the safety of the sunscreens we all rely on to protect us from skin cancers is definitely alarming. Thankfully, there are wonderful alternatives to these ingredients that keep both human, coral, and marine ecosystem safety a top priority. Eco & Earth is proud to now offer OntkOrganix Sun Care products to you. The line consists of organic ingredients and non-nano Zinc Oxide, meaning the particles are not small enough to enter the bloodstream. It's also safe to use while in the ocean and approved for use even under Hawaii's strict requirements for sunscreen! Keep yourself and your family safe while in the sun this summer by making a smarter choice in your sunscreen selection.
Written by Danielle Gatto