What is in your sunscreen?

Volunteer image author Chezbeate

Someone sold me a very good sunscreen a few months back. I used it intermittently until recently. Co-incidentally, I read an article that made me want to say to myself, ‘What have I done???’ Because it mentioned that one of the reasons for coral reef’s fatality was sunscreen. My unsettling response only lasted a few minutes because down in the article they mentioned this: “Others contain biodegradable materials while some utilize less harmful ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. In this way, people maintain their accustomed lifestyles without harming the vast coral reefs of the oceans.”

That’s reassuring because my sunscreen contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide only. Phew! What’s in your sunscreen?

Last edited: December 19th 2017

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