If you use a sunblock that uses homosalate as its active UV filter, this is a good time to find an alternative. We have included it as unsafe in our list of ingredients for the Supermarket App Pro. Here are other brands that use homosalate as the active UV filter:
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen
- Coppertone Sport Sunscreen
- Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen
- Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen
- Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunscreen
- Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen
- Sun Bum Original Sunscreen
- EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen
- CeraVe Sunscreen.
(product list is provided by ChatGPT, and some products have not been humanly verified as of writing)
Its important to note that the US FDA has allowed this compound in concentrations of less than 15% into products but the EU has a different assessment.
Here is the EU’s assessment of ‘homosalate’ https://lnkd.in/dunHhgNq. Its a 59 page pdf made by the Scientific Committee of Consumer Safety of the European Commission.
In conclusion: (page 52)
On the basis of safety assessment of homosalate, and considering the concerns related to potential endocrine disrupting properties, the SCCS has concluded that homosalate is not safe when used as a UV-filter in cosmetic products at concentrations of up to 10%
….and that the allowable safety concentration is at 0.05%
The European Commission has a 59 page pdf document including opinions based on studies. The FDA has no mention of studies and approves the ingredient in concentrations up to 15%. We made the decision to include it in our list of unsafe ingredients based on the the following information:
The Enviromental Working Group as well as a few other Pubmed studies verify that the ingredient is unsafe. Links below:
- Classified as expected to be toxic by the EWG
- Homosalate may have effects on breast cancer cells
- Study suggests pregnant women should be cautious when using homosalate
- Study suggests homosalate can be considered a cytotoxic and genotoxic substance
Fevi became an advocate for food is medicine when her dog, Junior, was diagnosed with cancer. In that journey, she discovered how food played such an important role, first in animal health and then eventually, her own health. When she became a Mom, it reinforced the importance of healthy, natural and fresh food. She is a researcher, by profession, and her skills have helped in intimately understanding how the food industry has prioritized profits over health. As the Founder of Source Partners, she hopes to support the next evolution (perhaps, revolution) of the food industry.