Your sunscreen is killing the coral reefs around the world.
That’s not an exaggerated statement.
But wait, if I can’t wear sunscreen in order to protect the coral reefs, how am I supposed to protect myself from sun damage and skin cancer? Turns out it is two specific ingredients in your sunscreen that are doing the damage, and there are alternatives!
Scientists have identified the culprits to be oxybenzone and octinoxate, both really great at doing their job to protect you from UV rays, not so much when it comes to marine life and coral reefs. These two ingredients act parasitic in nature by robbing the reefs of nutrients. As the reefs die, so does the ecosystem it had sustained.
Considering that most of this earth is made up of ocean and it is a vital resource, it’s pretty important to act now that we are aware of one contributing factor. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are not only in sunscreen, but are often the sunscreen in your favorite moisturizer. But for the sake of this article, we’ll focus on providing an alternative to the sunscreens that have become a Summer staple in your beach bag.
To do your part, look for sunscreens and moisturizers with titanium oxide or zinc oxide and that are biodegradable.
Sunscreens that are coral reef safe:
These are just a few coral reef safe sunscreens, but there are plenty at varying price points on Amazon. Many do appear to be a bit more expensive than the kind you’d find at the drugstore, but if it means helping to save our oceans, it’s worth it to do your part.
Do you have a favorite reef safe sunscreen not mentioned? Please feel free to tell us in the comments!
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