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Beware of sunscreen!

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

  1. bokenhobo

    bokenhobo Garibaldi

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    Terry

     
  6. jbilicska

    jbilicska Barracuda

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    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

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    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.
    :D
     

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