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What kind of sunscreen should I use for beach visits in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

What kind of sunscreen should I use for beach visits in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

Old Jul 11th, 2022, 05:15 AM
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What kind of sunscreen should I use for beach visits in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

I've heard that some kinds of sunscreen are bad for the local wildlife.
Can anyone recommend something safe and effective? I burn easily!!!!
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Old Jul 13th, 2022, 05:47 AM
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Google reef safe sunscreens. There are several options out there.
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Old Jul 13th, 2022, 11:33 AM
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Google reef safe sunscreens. There are several options out there.
Got it. Thanks so much!
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Old Jul 13th, 2022, 12:37 PM
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Check the label! Make sure your sunscreen does not contain the following harmful substances on the HEL list:
  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Octocrylene
  • 4-methylbenzylidene camphor
  • PABA
  • Parabens
  • Triclosan
  • Any nanoparticles or “nano-sized” zinc or titanium (if it doesn’t explicitly say “micro-sized” or “non-nano” and it can rub in, it’s probably nano-sized)
  • Any form of microplastic, such as “exfoliating beads”

    Or in other words- avoid all chemical based sunscreens and opt for non-nano mineral based sunscreens instead. In addition to concerns about chemical sunscreens negatively impacting coral reefs, the FDA has recently proposed removing all over the counter chemical sunscreen ingredients (including avobenzone, octisalate, homosalate and more) due to the potential for adverse human health impacts during use. Learn more here.

    How else can I protect myself from the sun, and our coasts from harmful, chemical sunscreen?

    Use sun management

    Even mineral-based sunscreens can negatively impact fish and coral reefs at high concentrations. The best thing we can do is limit products when recreating in high use areas. Effective sun protection methods include a balance of:
  • Avoiding sun exposure during peak sun hours (10 am – 2 pm)
  • Covering up- Wear hats and clothing (can be UPF or even just regular)
  • Using a more reef friendly sunscreen on exposed areas
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