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Oxybenzone Uncovered: The Impact of Your Sunscreen on Marine Life and Our Oxybenzone-Free Promise

The Hidden Truth About Oxybenzone: A Deep Dive into Sunscreen Ingredients


Sunscreen is a must-have in our daily skincare routine, but do we really know what’s in it? One common ingredient, Oxybenzone (also known as Benzophenone-3), has been making waves in the scientific community. Let’s uncover the truth about this controversial chemical. At Just Gentle, this nasty chemical has been avoided entirely!

Oxybenzone: A Double-Edged Sword

Oxybenzone is found in over 3,500 skincare products worldwide. It’s prized for its ability to absorb harmful UV rays, protecting our skin from sun damage. However, a 2016 study revealed a darker side to this common chemical.

The Impact on Marine Life

The study, published in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, found that Oxybenzone is highly toxic to juvenile corals and other marine life. The chemical enters the environment through wastewater effluent and directly from swimmers wearing sunscreens. The research showed four major toxic effects in early, developing coral: increased susceptibility to bleaching, DNA damage (genotoxicity), abnormal skeleton growth (via endocrine disruption), and gross deformities of baby coral.

Our Promise to You and the Environment

We believe in the importance of sun protection, but not at the expense of our planet. That’s why our product is free of Oxybenzone. We’re committed to providing effective sun protection that’s also safe for you and the environment.

Remember, the best sunscreen is the one you’ll use consistently. So, choose wisely, protect your skin, and let’s keep our oceans healthy!




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