Protecting the environment is just as important as protecting your skin. Hawaii is probably one of the best examples of this, because of the harsh sun one has to wear sunscreen to protect against skin cancer, but Hawaii has recently banned a number of sunscreens which were deemed harmful to the coral reefs that make the area so famous and pretty to take in.
Men's Health reported on the issue recently. The reason for the sunscreen ban is because of two chemicals, Oxybenzone and Octinoxate. While the sales of sunscreens with these chemicals will be illegal, the bill that was introduced by Hawian governor David Ige won't go into effect until 2021, so by then, it might actually be too little too late to prevent devastating damage to Hawaii's coral reef.
The move to protect the marine life in the area is a good move and one that will be lauded by many, but it also causes problems for the consumer in the end. In the United States, it is estimated that 70 percent of all sunscreens sold in contains Oxybenzone and up to eight percent of sunscreens use Octinoxate.
The Skin Cancer Foundation had this to say about Hawaii's banning of sunscreens with the aforementioned chemicals, "the legislation in Hawaii emphasizes the need for new sunscreen ingredients and should send a message to the FDA. Innovation in sunscreen formulation will provide the public with more choices for sun protection, potentially leading to a decrease in the incidence of skin cancer."
these two chemicals may also be harmful to humans as well. With Oxybenzone causing eczemas like symptoms and Octinoxate causing premature aging of the skin.
As more research into the products we rely on in day to day life come to light, it becomes obvious that we as a whole must do our due diligence as to what is being put into said products. Not only for our own well-being but for the well-being of the world around us.