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Sunscreen Chemicals Come Into Question

Sunscreen is supposed to keep us safe from the environment, but as it turns out, it might be harming the environment.

This week, several outlets reported that Hawaii may become the first state in the country to restrict sales of some sunscreen products if Govenor David Ige signs the bill.

The bill would ban the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate.

The National Ocean Service released a study that said, “many sunscreen lotions and cosmetics are highly toxic to juvenile corals and other marine life.”

According to the study, more than 3,500 skin products meant to protect people from the sun’s harmful rays, contain oxybenzone, or BP-3.

Oxybenzone and octinoxate are chemicals that might be harmful to people who have a family history of cancer, Carleen McIlveen, a Cape Coral esthetician explained. “When they absorb into the skin, they disrupt hormones in the body which then becomes a problem for breast cancer and thyroid issues.”

Instead, Carleen suggests that people use a sunscreen that has a mineral block or zinc listed as an ingredient. “Zinc is really good for your skin and is an amazing block for ultraviolet rays.”