Photo courtesy of Heinrich Benjamin

Chemical Sunscreens Go
Right into Your Bloodstream
(Here’s What to Use Instead)

A study published in JAMA last month found that some chemical sunscreens—avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule—are absorbed into the bloodstream. And they are absorbed at levels that, according to FDA guidelines, mean that further toxicology studies should be done. The FDA says the findings merit further investigation into whether such blood levels might pose a cancer risk.

For anyone looking to avoid chemical sunscreens (there are many more reasons to do so—read about them here), good news: Mineral sunscreen is better and easier to smooth in than ever. These are our current favorites:

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  2. For Body and Face for the Beach or Exercise

    This SPF smooths in like a dream on both face and body, smells fantastic, feels silky on skin, and gives amazing protection.

    The Organic Pharmacy, Cellular Protection Sun Cream SPF 50

    The Organic Pharmacy Cellular
    Protection Sun Cream SPF 50

    goop, $69

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  3. The Organic Pharmacy, Cellular Protection Sun Cream SPF 50
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  2. Silky Serum for Face

    Supercharged with antioxidants like astaxanthin, green tea, and vitamin C, this incredibly hydrating cream/serum leaves skin healthy, glowing, and protected.

    vive sana serum crema

    Vive Sana Serum Crema
    SPF 20

    goop, $75

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  2. Moisturizing Cream for Face

    This creamy, translucent SPF 30 is excellent for every skin type, even the most sensitive (it also contains no essential oils). It comes in a chic pot, blends right in, and feels incredible on skin.

    kypris pot of shade heliotropic

    Kypris Pot of Shade Heliotropic
    goop, $75

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