Can you feel the sun coming out and that seasonal depression going away? This means summer is coming, beach days, boat days, and just days out in the sun are on the horizon. With all of this sun comes protection, as many of us know the harm the sun can do to our body's. But with this protection called sunscreen comes pollution, not only to our landfills with the single use plastics, but to our marine life, and most importantly to our bodies.
"Healthy coral reefs are one the most valuable ecosystems on earth", but these ecosystems are being threatened due to sources like climate change, land-based pollution, unsustainable fishing, coastal development, disease, and invasive species. A lot of this pollution has been proven to come from the products we use on our bodies that come off in the oceans, lakes, and even in the shower and into our waterways.
On top of being harmful to marine life, it has been proven that these chemicals can seep into your blood stream. " In recent FDA testing, all non-mineral sunscreen chemicals absorbed into the body could be measured in blood after just a single use, and many sunscreen ingredients have been detected in breast milk and urine samples".
Some Findings From A Recent Investigation
-In an evaluation of CDC-collected exposure data for American children, researchers found that adolescent boys with higher oxybenzone measurements had significantly lower total testosterone levels (Scinicariello 2016). The researchers cautioned that their results offer a single-day snapshot – they are not a controlled study of the effect of multiday exposures. The study did not find a similar hormone effect in younger boys or females.
-three other studies reported statistically significant associations between oxybenzone exposure during pregnancy and birth outcomes. One reported shorter pregnancies in women carrying male fetuses, two reported higher birth weights in baby boys, and one found lower birth weights in baby girls
Chemicals In Sunscreen That Can Harm Marine Life & You
Oxybenzone, Benzophenone-1, Benzophenone-8, OD-PABA, 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor, 3-Benzylidene camphor, nano-Titanium dioxide, nano-Zinc oxide, Octinoxate, Octocrylene
Mineral sunscreens are made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, usually in the form of microscopic nanoparticles. Evidence suggests that few if any zinc or titanium particles penetrate the skin to reach living tissues. In general, mineral sunscreens tend to rate better than chemical sunscreens in the EWG sunscreen database