Hi everyone, welcome to Oxybenzone free!
While climate change seems to be a major cause of coral destruction, other factors are making the situation worse.
Measurements of oxybenzone in seawater within coral reefs and popular tourism areas in Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands found concentrations ranging from 1.4 parts per million to 800 parts per trillion! and that is 12 times the concentrations needed to harm coral.
Even if you aren’t actively working to save ocean life, you can help coral reefs and the environment by ensuring that your cosmetics. ( Such as your sunscreens)
If you are still using coral keeling sunscreen, please throw that away and read my last blog post to find out how to pick coral friendly sunscreens!
and join us.
Once you have your coral friendly sunscreens,
1. Check your SPF rate.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and SPF 15 means that you’ll get the same amount of sun damage in 15 hours as you would in one hour without sunscreen.
SPF 30 blocks about 97% of UV rays
SPF 50 blocks about 98% of UV rays.
2. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going outside to allow the active ingredients to blind to the skin.
*Ideal amount to cover the whole body is 1-2 oz. equal to the size of ping pong ball or an egg.
3. Make sure to apply on commonly missed spots including the ears, back of the neck, and the top of the feet if barefoot.
Will you be in the sun for an extended period of time?
If your answer is yes,
regardless of SPF rate, reapply sunscreens every 2 hours. (Even if you are using the water resistant sunscreen)
When should we use sunscreens?
My answer is “everyday“.
Even on cloudy days, harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.
Snow reflects 80% of the sun’s ryas and sand reflects 20%.
the sun’s rays are strongest during prime swimming hours between 10am and 4pm, 70% to 80% of the sun’s ryas penetrate clouds and fog.
(Oxybenzone Free campaign aims to raise awareness of the damaging effects of oxybenzone sunscreens, to reduce Oxybenzone pollution and keep our corals alive. Show us your support on our Twitter and Facebook)