Many Common Sunscreens May Harm Coral. Here’s What To Use Instead

Sunscreens containing minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide reflect sun rays away from skin and are a good alternative to chemicals that could be harmful to ocean reefs.

Hawaii is about to ban the sale of sunscreens containing certain chemicals which have been shown to harm coral reefs. Environmentalists urge a switch to mineral-based products.

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