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How Sunscreen Is Killing The Ocean

How Sunscreen Is Killing The Ocean

We're told by dermatologists and doctors that wearing a good quality sunscreen is essential in preserving our youthful appearance and preventing skin damage. However, there has been much controversy surrounding the safety of sunscreen and how it affects the ocean.

Despite studies of how UV filters (chemicals found in sunscreens and sunblock that absorb or block UV radiation from the sun) affect the body, the FDA still maintains its approval of these ingredients. 

Noted side effects of the ingredients in chemical sunscreen include:

  • Disrupted levels of oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid hormones
  • Abnormal development of foetuses and growing children
  • Early puberty
  • Undescended testicles in boys
  • Infertility
  • Prostate cancer in men
  • Ovarian or breast cancer in women
  • Skin allergies

How sunblock chemicals affect the ocean

Scientists have discovered that the chemicals found in sunscreen and other personal health products not only harm humans but also threaten the health of marine life. Just as chemical filters accumulate in our bodies, they accumulate in other living organisms, such as coral reefs, soil, sea animals and swimming pools. 

These harmful ingredients affect marine life in the same way they affect our bodies. The effects include deformation, bleaching, illness, endocrine disruption and reproductive disorders - and over time, death. 

It's estimated that 20,000 tonnes of UV filters from sunscreen/sunblock is washed off tourists every year in the northern Mediterranean alone and between 6,000 and 14,000 tonnes are released annually in coral reef areas each year. Did you know that Hawaii and Palau have introduced bans on chemical sunscreens? This is because it was discovered that about 80% of corals in the Caribbean have been lost in the last 50 years!

Avoid sun protection products that contain the following harmful ingredients: Oxybenzone, Benzophenone-1, Benzophenone-8, OD-PABA, 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor, 3-Benzylidene camphor, nano-Titanium dioxide, nano-Zinc oxide, Octinoxate, Octocrylene.

How to protect the oceans from chemical sunblock

Use sunblock without chemicals that harm marine life. There are many natural and chemical-free options on the market. Simply Bee's Beeswax Sunscreen (SPF) 30 is the perfect choice for people who want a natural sunscreen to protect them from the sun, as well as for those who care about the environment and prefer not to use products that are cruelly tested on animals. 

Simply Bee's Beeswax Sunscreen is made from organic plant-based ingredients and goes on smoothly, without leaving a white residue. It's free from harmful chemicals, synthetic fragrances and parabens!

Why we love Simply Bee's Beeswax Sunscreen:

  • This natural sunscreen is filled with the goodness of Honey and Fynbos Propolis
  • Protects your skin against the sun's UV rays  
  • Protects your skin from bacteria, germs, infections
  • Natural plant-based ingredients that are good for you and the planet too
  • Can be used by anyone with dietary, environmental or sensitive skin concerns (kids AND adults)
  • Alleviates skin inflammation and irritation
  • Suitable for kids and adults

View our entire NATURAL sun protection range >>

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