You lather up with sunscreen before you play in the waves, right? And so do hundreds of people around you. All that lotion can cause trouble in the ocean. Common ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate, nano titanium dioxide, and nano zinc oxide can harm coral reefs and sea life.
When you buy your next bottle, keep these tips in mind:
-Sunscreens labeled “reef safe” aren’t regulated, so take that designation with a grain of (sea) salt.
-Some popular brands don’t contain oxybenzone or octinoxate, two of the most harmful chemicals.
-If you cover up with a swim shirt you’ll use a lot less sunscreen!