The ecological impact of sun creams on the ocean
Diluted in the sea during swimming or dispersed by the wind on beaches when aerosols are used, the toxic components of sun creams accumulate in the sand and are deposited on the ocean floor.
Photosynthesis in danger
You must have seen the image before on holiday. A thin film of oil or cream forms on the surface of the water, disturbing not only the corals and algae but also the marine fauna by acting as a screen and preventing the photosynthesis that produces the oxygen essential for marine species. A snowball effect means that plankton feeding on micro-algae are also affected, and so on. In the end, almost the entire food chain suffers.
Toxic ingredients for nature and marine fauna
Petrochemical sun creams have a deleterious effect on the marine ecosystem, leaving it permanently damaged. Among the accused are ingredients such as parabens, silicones and oxybenzones, which are suspected endocrine disruptors and reprotoxic to marine life.