Breaking News: Hawaii has just passed a bill that would ban over the counter sunscreens containing chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, believed to kill coral reefs. If approved, the bill would take into effect in 2021.
The state senator who introduced the bill, Mike Gabbard gave a statement to Honolulu Star-Advertiser, saying “Amazingly, this is a first-in-the-world law. So, Hawaii is definitely on the cutting edge by banning these dangerous chemicals in sunscreens.”
Over the counter sunscreens containing the problematic chemicals include popular choices like:
- Banana Boat
- Aquaphor lip protector
- Aveeno daily moisturizer with SPF 15
- Hawaiian Tropic
- Coppertone Oil
- CVS sunscreen
- L’Oreal moisturizer with SPF
- Ocean Potion
- TriDerma MD
- Australian Gold
- Avon Sun
- Blue Lizard
- and many more
Unsurprisingly, Bayer (who makes several sunscreen lines that would be affected by the ban) has already started openly opposing the proposition. In a statement given to the Star-Advertiser, they claim “there are limited, active ingredients available within the U.S. with the same proven effectiveness as oxybenzone for sunscreens over SPF 50″ and that there isn’t enough evidence of a direct link between the chemical and coral reef damage.”
In 2015, researchers found that even very small amounts of oxybenzone can bleach coral and deplete its nutrients, having a direct effect on the health of plants and fish nearby.
Conventional Sunscreens Can Impact Your Health, Too!
EWG has conducted a great deal of independent research on the health effect of chemicals found in popular sunscreens that go beyond the FDA’s weaker investigations. They summarize: “The most worrisome [chemical] is oxybenzone, added to nearly 65 percent of the non-mineral sunscreens in EWG’s 2017 sunscreen database. Oxybenzone can cause allergic skin reactions (Rodriguez 2006). In laboratory studies, it is a weak estrogen and has potent anti-androgenic effects (Krause 2012)”. In other words, oxybenzone can act as an estrogen in the body.
Because many sunscreens now contain chemicals meant to make them even more absorbable, scientists are seeing a concerning prevalence of measurable chemical traces in blood, breast milk, and urine samples. In fact, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detected oxybenzone in more than 96 percent of the American population”!
What to look for in a Sunscreen
If you are going to be spending a large amount of time in the sun this summer, you should keep yourself properly shielded from the sun. But, with so many different sunscreens out there how are you supposed to know which is the best for you?
Although it is near impossible to pinpoint exactly which brand of sunscreen is perfect for you, there are some qualities that only the best and most effective sunscreens will have. The first thing You should understand is what SPF is and why it is important.
SPF is the measure of the level of protection from the sun’s UVB rays. UVB rays are what cause the skin to burn and increase the risk of skin cancer. SPF works by providing the skin with a parentage of added protection from the sun.
So, if your skin burn within 20 minutes of being in the sun SPF30 will allow you to stay in the sun 30 percent longer than you would normally have been able to.
Store bought sunscreen is effective there is no doubt about that, but, it is also packed with harmful chemicals that can do just as much damage to your health as overexposure to the sun.
All Natural Sunscreen: Coconut Oil Homemade Sunscreen
To make your own all natural organic Sunscreen all you will need is:
- ¼ of a cup of extra virgin olive oil (SPF 4)
- ¼ of a cup of coconut oil (SPF 4) 1 teaspoon of Red Raspberry oil (SPF 25- 50)
- ¼ cup of beeswax
- 2 tablespoon of zinc oxide, which is a compound that is completely safe for the skin.
- Combined all ingredients, except for the zinc oxide, in a large jar with a resealable lid.
- Next, fill a large frying pan halfway with water and set to boil.
- Place the jar in the water till all its contents melt, add zinc oxide and shake well.
- Level this solution to cool for a day at room temperature.
With these simple tips, you will be sure to enjoy the summer’s heat and not get burned.
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