Sunscreen Be Kind To Our Oceans

Sunscreen Be Kind To Our Oceans


Sunscreen Be Kind To Our Oceans What You Use

Sunscreen Be Kind To Our Oceans What You Use, as most are killing our reefs worldwide.

It’s Very important you use sunscreen or sun protection, that it is Non Nano Zinc Oxide, Organic, Reef safe and Oxybenzone Free.

Your sunscreen may soon be illegal in Hawaii. Governor David Ige has to signed a bill this week that will make Hawaii the first state to ban sunscreens containing harmful chemicals in an effort to protect marine life. … The chemicals can also kill new coral growths.

It’s important to avoid these chemicals when purchasing sunscreen, as up to 70 percent of sunscreens currently on the U.S. market include oxybenzone or octinoxate. Major brands with the banned chemicals include Banana Boat, Coppertone, and Hawaiian Tropic.

When you apply sunscreen with these chemicals and then swim or snorkel, sunscreen washes off your body and contaminates the reef ecosystem. Sunscreen pollution is especially problematic in popular snorkeling locations, where sunscreen is washing off dozens or possibly hundreds of people each and every day.

Scientific testing shows that oxybenzone and octinoxate may stunt the growth of baby corals, reports Dr. Craig Downs, executive director of the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory in Clifford, Virginia.

Oxybenzone can also cause coral bleaching. An oxybenzone concentration of around 400 ppt over several days is enough to induce coral bleaching in warm waters. Downs’ team tested ocean water off popular beaches on Maui and detected oxybenzone contamination of up to 4,000 parts per trillion (ppt).

Oxybenzone is toxic to seven coral species, according to Dr. Downs’ team, who tested the impact of the sunscreen chemical on corals in the lab.

Oxybenzone may be an endocrine disruptor among marine animals such as shrimps and clams.

The law will make it illegal to sell and distribute sunscreens with the chemicals. However, the law will not affect tourists who bring banned sunscreens from home. The ban will go into effect in 2021.  But be kind to our oceans.   “When you think about it, our island paradise, surrounded by coral reefs, is the perfect place to set the gold standard for the world to follow,” state senator Mike Gabbard, who introduced the bill, “This will make a huge difference in protecting our coral reefs, marine life, and human health.”

Knowledge is power!

I choose to use two sunscreens (2) made by a  Hawaiian local, which I have been using sunscreen using with excellent results and Reef Safe!

1.)  Kuleana Sun Protection   

2.)  Ventra

I have been using Ventra since 2007 – Shane Dorian or John John I use on my face, 

I was turned onto using Kuleana Sun Protection the last two years.  Which I love so much!

Aina Love Essentials have very cool products that you will love too! Made by a Hawaiian who lives in the ocean and on the beach with sharing about Hawaiiana and Surfing with her family daily.

It’s always a good idea to where a rash guard as well to protect your upper body.  Many of you may not know this, but in Australia the UV protection in a rash guard is 100% protection and the Northern hemisphere they are only 50% protection from the sun.

Here are the ones I feel do a good job and I have used them all. 

Dakine, Ripcurl or Quiksilver.  If you have fair skin you might want to get a long sleeve one too.

When it comes to swim suits its important what we women surfers favor is comfort. Some women prefer new trends. But when it comes to surfing, bottom line is a swimsuit needs to stay put while duck diving, getting barreled, hanging ten and a wipe out. To that end, here’s a roundup of functional swimwear designs for you to check out.

My fav’s are Pualani Hawaii, which suits totally stay on surfing and have some of the Best designs and material.

The California Swim/ Rash guard company has more coverage called Seea.                           

Seea Doheny Rashguard – Women’s

Check out our surf tips which can be very helpful for you. Here is a few tips:

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