Hawaii, as the first US state, passes the bill banning certain sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate. These two chemicals, oxybenzone and octinoxate, are found to cause significant harmful impacts on Hawaii’s environment and residing marine organisms. Because of the ingredient formula created with two chemicals, the new law could prohibit more than 3,500 of the world’s most popular sunscreen products, such as Coppertone, Hawaiian Tropic, and Banana Boat, from selling and distributing on the islands.
Although octinoxate has excellent UV protection feature, it is shown to cause biochemical or cellular level changes and endocrine disruption. While hormonal disturbance effects were found in experimented animals, octinoxate is also detected in human’s urine, blood, and mother’s milk. This means that we have already been exposed to this harmful chemical. Similarly, oxybenzone also poses a hazard to human health. It is an allergen and a hormone disruptor that soaks through the skin.
You should carefully check the ingredients of sunscreen before using. Harmful ingredients may come with different names. For example, most Korean cosmetics use ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate and octyl methoxycinnamate, which are similar chemicals to octinoxate.
It is of utmost importance to be responsible for sun exposure, especially on sunny days outside. But what sunscreen can you use without any concerns? You should be careful that many sunscreens offer a false security of sun protection and could do more harm than good. The safest option is to use the products without chemical sunscreen and synthetic ingredients.
EWG, one of the most influential non-profit environmental organizations in the US, thoroughly examines the ingredients of cosmetics and evaluates the safety ranking. This ranking makes it so easy for customers to choose and buy safe cosmetic products. Also, EWG annually announces the best sunscreen products around the world. Do you know that AROMATICA is the only Korean brand that has won this award consecutively for two years? Yes, AROMATICA sunscreen is chosen as the EWG Best Sun Cream in 2016 and 2017! So, why don’t you try award-winning AROMATICA Sunscreen that formulated with only natural and organic ingredients? It is a hypoallergenic, unscented physical sunscreen that 100% protects you from sun exposure. Be safe and beautiful with AROMATICA!