Check Your Sunscreen for This Scary Ingredient ASAP
It’s illegal in some places
If you’re getting ready to use our honeymoon packing list and rock totally perfect beach hair, there’s something you need to know — your typical drugstore sunscreen may have a very scary ingredient in it.
“Hawaii is set to become the first state in the U.S. to ban the sale of sunscreen chemicals that are toxic to coral reefs and marine life,” explains Dr. Terry Zickerman, CEO, Love Sun Body. “Oxybenzone and octinoxate are destroying the oceans around the world, according to scientists whose research has shown that the chemicals break down coral by leaching it of nutrients and disrupt the development of fish and marine life, like sea urchins and algae. Coral reject symbiotic organisms and lose their color.”
If you’re wondering what oxybenzone even is, don’t worry — you’re not alone. Oxybenzone is a UVB and short-wave UVA filter that has been used in consumer products for over 40 years, and is commonly found in drugstore-available sunscreens. It’s not just oxybenzone and octinoxate that have experts concerned, though, and it get’s complicated for consumers. Using sunscreen is a major health concern, and goes far deeper than just erasing sun damage and signs of aging.
“The mineral filters zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can be processed into very fine particles, called nanoparticles (less than 35 nanometers in diameter). Some manufactures use these nanoparticle minerals because they can be easily rubbed into the skin. As well, the nano-zinc oxide and nano-titanium dioxide can be toxic to corals, fish and other reef organisms.”
If you’re the environmentally-friendly type, there are alternatives though (hooray!).
“Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Non-Nano Mineral Sunscreens are recommended for adults and children, anyone with sensitive skin and for consumers that want safe and effective natural products. Our mineral sunscreen formulas are broad spectrum, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic with 80 minutes water resistance,” he says. “They’re gentle on your face without eye-stinging ingredients, and all of our inactive ingredients are plant-based with no pesticides.”
Cheers to safer days at the beach, for the beach!
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