The summer is the perfect time to spend time outside. Getting about 30 minutes of sunshine every day is responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, and multiple other biological effects. However, too much sun exposure can be detrimental to your skin. Remember to apply sunscreen before spending extended time in the sun!
Sunscreen can help save your skin, but can also have negative impacts on the environment based on the ingredients. “Every year between 4,000 to 6,000 TONS of sunscreen are washed into the ocean and deposited in coral reef areas. Research has shown that certain chemicals in sunscreen can stimulate coral viruses, inhibit coral growth, and cause coral death. Even more concerning is the fact that 90% of snorkeling and diving tourism is concentrated on only 10% of the world’s reefs.” http://bereefsafe.com
Here are some reef-safe sunscreen suggestions to protect your skin and the environment.
Coral reefs are so important for aquatic ecosystems! Take sometime this summer to research products that are healthy for you and our oceans!