Beginning January 1, 2021, Hawaii will ban the sale, offer of sale or distribution of any sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate without a prescription from a licensed health care provider. The chemicals might also be labeled as benzophenone-3 and octyl methoxycinnamate , respectively.
The U.S. Virgin Islands recently announced a ban on chemical sunscreens that are harmful to coral reefs, outlawing all imports and sales of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate . The bill was signed into law in July 2019, and its terms will go into effect in March 2020.
Need some suggestions? Here are several commonly known reef-safe brands. P4O’s SPF30 SUNSCREEN. Badger Sport SPF 35. MANDA Organic Sun Paste. Stream 2 Sea Sport SPF 30. Badger Balm Clear Zinc Oxide Sport Sunscreen. Tropic Sport SPF 30. Thinksport Sunscreen SPF 50+ Human <3 Nature SafeProtect SPF30 Sunscreen.
Hawaii chose to ban sunscreen that contains oxybenzone and octinoxate. This is seen through their research on how the coral reefs are dying so rapidly. This ban most likely will affect both the tourists and locals. Picture of the Oahu Bay in Hawaii , that is home to some of the coral reefs in Hawaii .
Hawaii is the first state in the US to ban the sale of sunscreen containing the coral-harming chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, ushering in a new era of reef safe sunscreen . The new law goes into effect January 1, 2021, but many visitors and residents are already trading in their non-reef safe sun protection.
The ban is only on the sale of these sunscreens in Hawaii , tourists will still bring their own sunscreen from home (not least of which because sunscreen – like many products – can be expensive to buy not least of which because of the perverse effects of the Jones Act).
Not only do many Neutrogena sunscreens contain harmful chemicals like oxybenzone and methylisothiazolinone – we’ll get to those later – but their advertised SPF levels of over 70 have been debunked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Neutrogena Beach Defense Water-Resistant Body Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Oil-Free, PABA-Free, Oxybenzone-Free & Fast-Absorbing Sun Protection Against UVA/UVB Rays, 6.7 fl. oz.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher do an excellent job protecting against UVB when applied properly. Choosing a broad spectrum sunscreen will ensure adequate UVA coverage, but a higher SPF doesn’t mean better UVB protection .
The Hawaiian Tropic Antioxidant+ Sunscreen lotion is great because it has an SPF of 30, green tea extract, and it’s recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. What I like about this sunscreen is that it’s easy to apply, it isn’t heavy on the skin, it makes my skin feel smooth, and it protects me from UVA and UVB.
For most people it is safe on the face just of course not so close around the eyes & mouth.
List of Harmful Chemicals in Sunscreen and Body Care Products Benzophenone-3 , also know as Oxybenzone . Avobenzone , also a benzophenone. Cylcopentasiloxane / Cyclomethicone. Formaldehyde, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, DMDM Hydantoin and Hydroxymethylglycinate. Homosalate. Methylisothiazolinone. Microbeads. Nano particles.
Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Being mineral-based sounds safe enough, and generally, sunscreens with Zinc Oxide (ZnO) and Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) are considered to be reef – safe .
Oxybenzone is bad news for corals , harming them by; Increasing a coral’s susceptibility to bleaching . Damaging coral DNA which interferes with reproduction. Causing deformities and growth anomalies.