Protect Yourself and the Coral Reefs by Using Fish and Reef-Friendly Sunscreens
* To keep you safe in the sun is very important. Aside from this, you also want to do everything possible to avoid damages to the coral reefs in the sea. In 2009, there were more than a million people diagnosed with skin cancer in the United States. Aside from that, two in every three people are also in the same condition at the age of 70 in Australia. Even if you're not worried about the risks of cancer it is still worth knowing that sun exposure is the leading cause of premature skin aging. If you don't want to increase your chances of developing skin cancer and accelerating your wrinkles, then read this article.
* Wrinkling and age spots, signs of age in our skin, may be inevitable (or at least a daily battle!) so it is wise for you to be generous with the sunscreen. Making it one of your rituals deserves consideration since doing this can have plenty of benefits to you and to your skin. But being generous with the sunscreen doesn't mean that you don't want to spare a thought about our coral reefs. It is estimated that 5,000 tons of sunscreen is washed off from us and into the sea every year. Even at very low concentrations, it is believed that common chemicals contained in sunscreens are one of the main causes of coral bleaching. Scientifically, it is estimated that 10 percent of the world's coral reefs are at risk with the present rate of sunscreen washed off in the sea.
* Due to these facts, many beach-goers and land-lubbers today are looking for a sunscreen that is specially designed to be safer for the coral reefs and marine life. At the same time, be careful with the statements like "natural ingredients" and "biodegradable". First and foremost, biodegradable does not mean reef-friendly, there is some consensus that those sunscreens that are made based on zinc are safe for corals compare to those that are using octylmethoxycinnamate, benzophenone-3 and octocrylene. Reef-Safe, is a brand that has gained popularity recently. This product has been proved by the American Lifeguard Association and is now recommended by many tourist associations and resort groups in the Caribbean. According to research, their products are non-toxic to coral reefs and breakdown easily (in salt-water) compared to conventional sunscreens. Some of its well known products are the Caribbean Solutions and Loving Naturals sunscreen product lines. These products are known to be made from 100% natural ingredients and safe-to-reef and non-toxic to fish sun products.
* Aside from saving our coral and marine life in using greener sunscreens, what is at most important is that we are also saving ourselves. The same chemicals found in many sunscreens that threaten our coral reefs are also found dangerous to humans. It is now advisable by many doctors to not use products that contain benzophenone, most especially in kids because of potential health risks. Aside from using reef-friendly sunscreens, there are also other steps that we all can take to ensure sun safety, such as staying in the shade during the hours when the sun's rays are strongest. You can also wear a rash guard if you are in the water, or use a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses if you are not.
* The real culprit endangering the reefs and marine life is something that every responsible individual takes to the ocean. Ingredients found in sun block are causing an environmental problem. Four separate ingredients, paraben, cinnamate, benzophenone, and camphor, can wake up viruses that lie dormant inside the algae that helps keep coral alive in a symbiotic relationship. Try following this advice and you'll definitely enjoy going the sun and the sea.
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