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Beware of sunscreen!

Discussion in 'Good Causes, Petitions and Solicitations' started by bokenhobo, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. bokenhobo

    bokenhobo Garibaldi

    Many sunscreens are actually harmful to aquatic ecosystems. Especially in high concentrations of divers/bathers that use it, sunscreen can come off and accumulate on the water's surface like an oilslick. This is a big concern at the Great Barrier Reef for example. People are encouraged to use more organic solutions for sun protection. An alternative remedy has been to use:

    Sesame oil
    Distilled water
    Coconut oil
    And one tiny glob of zinc oxide
  2. creggur

    creggur Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Jacksonville,Fl.
    Think I'll skip the skin cancer and stick with an SPF that I know works....
  3. merxlin

    merxlin ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: So. Cal.
    There are some organic and bio-friendly brands that work as well, so you can have an "SPF that works". Many confined water areas make you use them. That being said I doubt any combination of chemicals/oils/powders is good. Just some are less bad than others.

    Try this: http://www.smartshield.com/our-formula.html
    info: http://www.smartshield.com/marine-friendly.html
  4. milktrayman

    milktrayman Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Thailand, England & Red Sea Egypt
    surely the Body shop or some other retail chain can come up with a Bio organic sun cream????
  5. Web Monkey

    Web Monkey Omniheurist ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    In Coz I wear a 3mm wetsuit and a beanie.

    On Bonaire, I wear a .5mm wetsuit and a beanie.

    The SPF is infinite and it doesn't wash off.


  6. jbilicska

    jbilicska Barracuda

    That's what my wife and I do, we wear a rash suit. She used to turn all pretty shades of RED after a day of snorkelling. Now she just zips up the suit and is ready to go, no fear of the lotions washing off etc..........
    Thanks for the info
    Joe B
  7. irishsquid

    irishsquid Solo Diver

    This sounds more like what I would use to fry chicken mixed with some dark green veggies, minus the zinc oxide. Then again a small dab of oxide might make a nice garnish.

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