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Sunscreen Chemicals and Marine Life

Healthy coral reefs are one of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth. They provide billions of dollars in economic and environmental services, such as food, coastal protection, and tourism. However, coral ecosystems around the world face serious threats from a number of sources, including climate change, unsustainable fishing, land-based pollution, coastal development, disease, and invasive species.

Scientists have also discovered that some of the chemicals found in sunscreen and other personal health products threaten the health of coral reefs. How these, and other compounds, affect reef ecosystems remains an active area of research. Researchers are reviewing the environmental impacts of sunscreen ingredients as part of a National Academy of Sciences study expected to be completed in 2022. NOAA will review this study when it is available and update the information presented in this article as warranted.

Infographic Transcript: Sunscreen Chemicals and Marine Life

How sunscreen chemicals enter our environment: The sunscreen you apply may not stay on your skin. When we swim or shower, sunscreen may wash off and enter our waterways.

How sunscreen chemicals affect marine life:

Green Algae: Can impair growth and photosynthesis.

Coral: Accumulates in tissues. Can induce bleaching, damage DNA, deform young, and even kill.

Mussels: Can induce defects in young.

Sea Urchins: Can damage immune and reproductive systems and deform young.

Fish: Can decrease fertility and reproduction and cause female characteristics in male fish.

Dolphins: Can accumulate in tissue and be transferred to young.

Chemicals in some sunscreens that harm marine life include: Oxybenzone, Benzophenone-1, Benzophenone-8, OD-PABA, 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor, 3-Benzylidene camphor, nano-Titanium dioxide, nano-Zinc oxide, Octinoxate, Octocrylene.

Love Sun Body sunscreens are 100% natural, safe for marine life without synthetic chemical filters, pesticides or petroleum-based ingredients

Love Sun Body’s mission is to create the highest-quality natural sunscreens, proven safe for your body & the planet and to ensure our customers know that our formulas are truly effective and 100% natural, and free of any banned or harmful chemicals. The COSMOS-standard signature is a consumer guarantee for organic and natural cosmetics that you can trust. Being certified Cosmos Natural means Love Sun Body formulas contain only 100% natural ingredients with no synthetic chemical filters, pesticides or petroleum-based ingredients. 

We formulate our face, body and tinted SPF 30 and SPF 50 sunscreens, that not only meet the FDA standards for broad spectrum protection, but the much tougher EU standards as well – they require that at least 1/3 of the SPF protection targets UVA rays. We have received a number one rating for safety and efficacy from EWG (Environmental Working Group) in their Skin Deep guide.

Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens are the first and only sunscreens in the U.S. certified by Ecocert Cosmos Natural and have been clinically tested hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and are reef safe.  Our formulas are made with the safest UVA and UVB filters - non-nano zinc oxide and non-nano titanium dioxide.

All formulas are biodegradable, packaging is recyclable, minimized and is environmentally friendly.

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