Planning to have some fun in the sun this winter break? If so, be sure to carefully consider your sunscreen options. Using conventional sunscreen not only exposes your skin to harmful chemicals but you are also endangering the health of our oceans and marine life.
It has been estimated that the ocean absorbs 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen annually. Furthermore, it is believed that up to 10% of coral reefs are threatened by sunscreen-induced bleaching. If these facts alone have not convinced you, consider the fact that many chemical-packed sunscreens may actually increase your risk of developing certain illnesses as well as potentially inhibiting proper development in children.
Sunscreens made up of plant-based ingredients and physical UV barriers, such as titanium dioxide or zinc dioxide, which reflect UV rays are a couple of alternatives to consider. Caribbean Sol or Soleo Organics are amongst the companies that make all natural, ocean-friendly sunscreen. If your the type that likes to live dangerously you can also try making your own sunscreen (you can always buy some if it turns out to be an epic failure)!
By using sunscreen free of chemicals you are not only caring for yourself but also for our beloved ocean!