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Mar232010

Is your sunscreen safe for fish?

My family and I just spent a week in Mexico on a needed escape from the winter weather and daily stresses.  While the sun always feels great on my skin, I’m conscious of the fact that we’re 6 buckets of recessive genes walking around in this sunny paradise so I pile the sunscreen on everyone.  The good news is that the kids finally cooperate with the sun protection protocol because they’ve each lived through a vacation-spoiling sunburn or two.  Because all of us have fair skin, I often reach for the highest SPF available (despite what I’ve read about anything about 15 or 30 being wasteful) and was happy when my ginger-haired sister pulled the SPF 70 out of her bag.  Throwing aside what I know about the sunscreen products and SPF levels, I reached for the biggest gun available to get it done since the kids hate to swim in t-shirts, and I don’t love wearing my big, floppy sun hat. I didn’t give it another thought until we visited Xel-Ha.

Xel-Ha is billed as Mexico’s natural wonder and the largest natural aquarium in the world.  Posted on big signs throughout and enforced by the employees at the entrance gate, Xel-Ha prohibits the use of chemical sunscreens.  They’ve even set up a station at the entrance where they give you samples of biodegradable sunscreens containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide (physical sunscreens as opposed to chemical sunscreens) and will hold your chemical sunscreen for you during the day.  They’ve even posted lists of acceptable and unacceptable brands.  

What’s the big deal?  The reason for their strict prohibition on chemical, non-biodegradable sunscreens is that they harm the coral reefs and marine life in the park.  I’ve since discovered that this ban applies to other environmentally sensitive attractions in the area.  That was enough to convince me.  If the product I’m applying in abundance, directly on my skin and on the skin of my children isn’t safe for marine life, I don’t want it on my body.  Luckily, we did have one bottle of zinc oxide based sunscreen so we didn’t have to invest in new sunscreen or go to the back-up plan of snorkeling in t-shirts.  So, after a wonderful day exploring this truly beautiful park (and jumping off 14’ “cliffs”), I reminded myself AGAIN that I must read labels and find the best solution rather than just reverting to the easy and convenient.  We did succeed in protecting ourselves from both the sun and the chemicals and kept the fish happy at the same time.  Everybody wins when we just think a little bit.

Read more at: http://www.cozumel-tours.com/biodegradable-sunscreen.htm

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