I was recently at a conference and when I left to go to dinner with a few colleagues, the organizers handed us each a goodie bag. I didn’t want to carry a bag full of swag so I sifted through and said, “ooh, I’ll just take the travel-size sunscreen.” Then my friend Terry Gardner said something very important that I’d never thought of before: Be careful what sunscreen you use if you will be going in the ocean. Certain sunscreens contain chemicals including benzone that can give coral a lethal virus.
Look for natural sunblocks that use titanium dioxide and zinc oxide instead of chemical blocks like oxybenzone, butylparaben, octinoxate, and 4-methylbenzylidine camphor, which are known to cause coral bleaching. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a list of sunscreens that are also safer for humans.
Great advice for everyone heading into the ocean. Thanks, Terry!
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