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New Powdered Sunscreens are Hazardous Products

New Powdered Sunscreens are Hazardous Products

News flash! New powdered sunscreens. It's a relaunching effort to bring hazardous products to market.

Environmental Working Group (EWG) does not recommend powder and spray sunscreens because of concerns about inhalation and inadequate sun protection. The FDA is reviewing safety and efficacy data on powder and sprays. In its 2011 sunscreen rules, implemented in December 2012, the agency decided that powdered sunscreens should no longer be sold under the current over-the-counter sunscreen rules and should be subject to the more rigorous new drug application process (FDA 2011a, 2011b). EWG is especially concerned about inhalation of nano-sized and micronized zinc and titanium in powdered sunscreens and makeup products.

Powdered sunscreens are the same ingredients in a compact of powder that are in a spray can; hazardous powder that can be inhaled into consumers lungs.

Inhalation is a much more direct route of exposure to these compounds than skin penetration, which appears to be low in healthy skin. 

Powder sunscreens do not work as well as sunscreen lotions. The primary issue relates to application. To protect your skin thoroughly, you need to adequately rub sunscreen onto the skin’s surface. If you want the benefits of a mineral sunscreen, choose a non-nano zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide based lotion.



Love Sun Body sunscreens are the first and only sunscreens in the United States that have been certified by Ecocert Cosmos Natural, meeting and exceeding the FDA OTC Monograph System, the European Commission’s recommendation on UVA protection and Health Canada Natural Health Products Regulations.

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