March 26, 2020

The Dirty Truth

In January, the Food and Drug Administration published a study revealing that certain chemical sunscreens can be absorbed through the skin and into our bloodstreams. While it corroborated a pilot study the FDA executed less than a year earlier, this new research showed that these sunscreens can be absorbed into the blood at levels that exceed the FDA threshold presumed to be safe. Both the agency and other experts have underscored that there is no current evidence that these ingredients actually do harm—but that didn’t stop the reincarnation of an old debate: Are our beauty products slowly killing us?