Oxybenzone & Octinoxate. These are two chemical compounds in most sunscreen products available in stores that may be harmful to corals. As the health of our coral reefs are deteriorating due to many contributing factors, let’s not add the stress to them.
Some of the compounds are masked as Benzophenone-3 (BP-3), Butylparaben, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC). These chemicals can disrupt coral reproduction, cause coral bleaching and damage coral DNA.
We can start to give more awareness to the sensitivity of our reefs, do our part by covering up in the sun and use sunscreen that does not harm our ocean.