For those who are unaware, this may come as a surprise. In fact, this news could be a game-changer for some readers- and that is kind of the point. Several islands are banning sunscreens or certain types of sunscreens. And doesn’t that just fly in the face of all things we have come to know about skincare and the sun? Let’s explain.
Banning Sunscreen to Save the Reefs
There is nothing like a beautiful day in the Caribbean sun. It is a dream vacation, for sure. But while all the travelers flock to the islands, slather on their sunscreen, and put on their snorkeling masks, they are hurting one of our most precious Caribbean resources- the coral reefs.
Many of the Caribbean islands, including Hawaii and Belize, are beginning to ban the use of sunscreens, but not all brands. The chemicals causing the genetic damage and bleaching of the reefs are oxybenzone and octinoxate. These two culprits are in almost all sunscreen and can even build up in our bodies.
To avoid contamination all the way around, you can choose to purchase your sunscreen on the islands and look for a reef-safe variety.
Wait Until You Arrive to Choose Reef-Safe Sunscreen
Join the Likes of St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, Water Island, Bonaire, and more in the fight to protect not only ourselves but our precious coral reefs. Purchase only reef-safe brands easily located on the islands and take an active part in caring for the planet. Furthermore, vacationers can wear a hat, UV sunglasses, and sun clothing and stay in the shade during the hottest times of the day.
When it comes right down to it, the Caribbean islands are closer to the equator, so the sun is stronger. However, protecting our bodies should not come with environmental damage! Choose “Reef-Safe” Sunscreen from here on out!
CITED: Uncommoncaribbean.com, cruisecritic.com, latimes.com, fodors.com