What’s In Your Sunscreen?

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What’s In Your Sunscreen?

Today we’re going to talk about Sunscreen! We should use sunscreen to protect ourselves from harmful UV rays from the sun, which often cause skin cancers. And while it’s important for any outdoor activity, we should carefully examine the ingredients which might not be so great. So prepare yourself for a chemistry lesson!

Oxybenzone

This chemical compound is the main active ingredient found in sunscreen that absorbs and stabilizes UV rays. It can be found in plastics, nail polish, and other common items. However, according to several studies conducted, it was found to be a skin allergen, causes skin allergies to well over a quarter of participants. Besides causing irritation in humans, it also causes bleaching in coral reefs. Millions of visitors snorkeling in sensitive coral reef habitats have unknowingly caused their deaths by just their sunscreen.

So how can we do better? Make sure that you check the ingredients in your sunscreen before buying them, and switch to mineral-based sunscreen. Unlike conventional sunscreens, they don’t absorb into your skin causing irritation, they sit directly on top doing their job deflecting the sun’s harmful rays.

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