What you need to know:
Fact: common chemical sunscreen ingredients can actually damage the environment! Oxybenzone and octinoxate, among others, can bleach coral reefs and pose an overall threat to marine life. These chemicals are used in over 3,500 of the most popular sun protection products, which is why it is essential to know what goes in to your sunscreen.
In the news:
Hawaii has taken an extremely forward-thinking step by being the first state to implement a bill that would ban such ingredients. “Amazingly, this is a first-in-the-world law,” Senator Mike Gabbard, who introduced the bill, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "When you think about it, our island paradise, surrounded by coral reefs, is the perfect place to set the gold standard for the world to follow. This will make a huge difference in protecting our coral reefs, marine life, and human health.”
What you can do:
Be sure to check the labels on your suncare products. Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization which ranks sunscreen brands based on effectiveness and chemical composition, recommends using zinc oxide, a mineral that sits on top of the skin while reflecting and protecting from UVA and UVB light rays.
We’ve got you covered!
Not only do we care about what we put on and in our bodies, but also about what eventually ends up in our waters and ecosystems. At DERMA E, we formulate our Natural Mineral Sunscreens with ingredients that are safe for you and the environment, with a nanoparticle-free, chemical-free broad spectrum zinc oxide. Protect your skin while protecting the environment, and you can help ensure it will be enjoyed for generations to come.You can view the Reefs at Risk video below for more information about these chemicals and their effects on the environment.