sunscreen, sunbathing, lotion, sun protectionWouldn’t you know, just as we were about to venture out into the sun and having just published our article: Sunscreens That Protect You and the Ocean which presented guidance in buying sunscreens that provide protection for you and the ocean. A related article from EcoWatch appeared that added important information, specifically 14 Sunscreens You Should Never Buy.

EcoWatch is also tapped into the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) website that lists recommended sunscreens. These are products that are mineral-based with the active ingredients being zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. They also recommended avoiding sunscreens that state they have an SPF of 50 or more. Better to stick with products that offer broad spectrum protection with a minimum of 15 SPF. And remember to reapply every two hours while in the sun, more often if you are getting wet and toweling dry.

We repeat our warning to avoid aerosol spray sunscreens, because you can inadvertently inhale the spray and they usually do not apply a consistently thick coating.

 

14 Sunscreens You Should Never Buy

Using EWG’s research, here’s EcoWatch’s list of the 14 worst performing sunscreens, especially for use by kids:

 

Have Fun In the Sun!

So the Blue Ocean Team wishes you and your family loads of fun in the sun but do so while exercising care and making good choices for your skin and the environment.  Next time you head out to the mall or on vacation take our list of the sunscreens you should never buy.

 

Visit these Related Blue Ocean Posts on the Sustainable Choices You Can Make:

Can Eco-Friendly Sunscreen Save Coral Reefs?
Our Individual Choices Can Make or Break Current Global Coral Bleaching Event
How Green are Your Fins? Top Ten Tips for Environmentally Conscious Dive Travelers

 

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