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Ocean-Friendly Skincare: Everything That You Need To Know

We need to be concerned about how cosmetic and skincare products affect ocean ecosystems.

A study that’s currently being researched is showing just how harmful many sunscreens are to marine life, causing contamination of dolphins, damaging the DNA of coral, and causing defects in mussels.

Ocean-friendly skincare uses only natural elements that are not harmful to the ocean, and in this article, we are going to discuss what ingredients harm marine life!

Skincare ingredients that harm marine life:

Oxybenzone and Octinoxate:

They are common sunscreen ingredients that are particularly harmful to coral reefs. Scientists at Ben-Gurion University in Israel demonstrated that oxybenzone causes damage to DNA in corals that cause it to die. It is believed to be one of the main reasons for coral reef death globally.

Ocean-Friendly Skincare: Everything That You Need To Know
Ocean-Friendly Skincare: Everything That You Need To Know

Choosing ocean-friendly mineral-based sunscreen is important.

Parabens:

Parabens are put in skincare as preservatives because they limit the growth of bacteria. Parabens too have been linked to the death of coral reefs, and have also been found in marine mammals such as otters and dolphins, causing harm, particularly in terms of reproduction.

Triclosan:

Triclosan is found in all sorts of products from shampoo to toothpaste and from face wash to shower gel. It is a preservative, serving as an antifungal agent. It inhibits the growth of blue-green algae, essential for coral health. It has also been shown to kill fish and crustaceans.

Ocean-Friendly Skincare: Everything That You Need To Know
Ocean-Friendly Skincare: Everything That You Need To Know

Artificial fragrance:

Artificial fragrances used in skincare have been shown to cause harm to marine life. 

With so many natural fragrances which aren’t harmful to the environment, it’s easy to avoid artificial fragrances. From fruits to flowers to herbs, there are so many natural fragrances that can be used. You could even opt for completely fragrance-free options.

Choosing ocean-friendly skincare generally means choosing natural ingredients.  Chosen with care, even when these ingredients are ‘washed away’ into waterways, they are not harmful to aquatic life.

Ocean-Friendly Skincare: Everything That You Need To Know
Ocean-Friendly Skincare: Everything That You Need To Know

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Dr. DonikaAbout the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
She has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.

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