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biodegradable sunscreen

I have read that biodegradalbe suncreen readily washes off in the water. Anybody have any suggestions?

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1. Re: biodegradable sunscreen

We just wear waterproof sunscreen. I think some some of the so- called biodegradeable ones are a bit of a racket.

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2. Re: biodegradable sunscreen

That's what I have heard, but we want to comply with regulations. I really don't want to add to the destruction of the reefs and marine life. I would be willing to re-apply often.

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The biodegradable sunscreen the tour company gave us in Mexico was very "watered down"? I went to CVS drug store and bought some for this trip it seems like it will stay on much better or the same as any other sunscreen. We live in Florida and I use sunsreen every day. We want to aid in protecting there marine life the best we can.

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I agree with wanting to protect marine life but be wary of some. We bought at Xcaret and those of us that used it got totally fried- to the point that my daughter actually swelled right up. I usually tan very easily and rarely burn ( always wear sunscreen) but this was weird. I know it was the bio stuff because only those of us that used it were affected. Weird.

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5. Re: biodegradable sunscreen

which one did you find at cvs? i am in ohio so may not have same choice but we couldnt find any at walmart and too late to order over the internet.

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6. Re: biodegradable sunscreen

Reef safe and biodegradable are not always one in the same.

I use Caribbean Sol and it works great. I also use Earth's Best Organic, which is my personal favorite.

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7. Re: biodegradable sunscreen

I just saw this link on another thread almost identical to yours:

http://www.barnaclekove.com/mexitan.htm

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Saskatoon, Canada
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9. Re: biodegradable sunscreen

When I wrote it is a bit of a racket I meant I don't necessarily trust that ones marketed as biodegradeable and/or 'reef safe' truly are what they say. Anyone can slap a label on that makes false claims.

If you use waterproof, it is not washing off, it stays on the skin....problem solved....I do check the label to make sure it does not contain the following as they are not good for either me OR the fish, water, or the coral:

Benzophenone (dixoybenzone, oxybenzone)

PABA

and there are lots of other nasty ones....

Also, the higher the SPF, the more chemicals it contains and the worse it is. Stick with the lowest you can possibly use- for most people a combo of 15 SPF and shade, if applied properly, works just fine.

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Called my local Natural Foods store and they don't have biodegradable sunblock. Walgreens has a big selection of sunblock, scanned the whole section, but they don't have it either! Tried calling Walmart twice, got put on hold twice for over 5 minutes and no answer......some customer service. They probably don't have it, either....why does no one sell this! Cannot find anywhere.