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The impact of Sunscreen on Marine Life 防晒霜对海洋生物的影响

Updated: Sep 23, 2019


Whether your approach to tanning is sunflower style or vampire-alike, we all should use protection when directly exposing to the sun as its UV lights are increasing their power and intensity.

无论你对光晒的态度是像一株向日葵一样的沉浸式还是像吸血鬼一样的见光躲式,由于太阳的紫外线递增增长,我们都应该在直接暴露在阳光下时保护皮肤。


But are all sunscreens similar? What does this imply?

但是,所有的防晒霜都差不多吗?有什么区别?

Previously, we answered on how to be an eco-conscious traveler.

在此之前,我们谈论了如何成为一名注重环保的旅行者。

With this article, we want to give a quick breakdown of how sunscreens aren't born equal and fair to the environment, what do we know and what we can do as consumers.

而通过这篇文章,我们想谈谈防晒霜如何对环境产生影响, 以及作为消费者我们可以做些什么。

Every time we apply any traditional protection, we wash, sweat and breath it away.

每次我们涂防晒霜后,洗手洗浴、出汗以及呼吸都会脱霜。

And this is true for any standard skincare and cosmetic brands.

不管是什么护肤品和化妆品,都避免不了这种现象。

Picture by Victoria Liu

So what happens when we use a common solar cream and we go for a swim?

那么,我们涂完防晒霜后马上去游泳会发生什么呢?

According to the International Program of the State of the Ocean (from now on IPSO), the impact of sunscreens and skin-care products on marine life is serious.

根据国际海洋状况计划(新名IPSO)所说,防晒霜和护肤品对海洋生物的影响很严重。

Among the harmful chemicals, Oxybenzone, or BP-3, has a huge influence on corals and algae. This chemical can be found in over 3500 products, and it has major side effects on marine life, including coral bleaching.

在有害化学物质中,Oxybenzone或BP-3对珊瑚和藻类有巨大影响。这种化学物质可以在超过3500种产品中找到,它对海洋生物有很大的副作用,比如使珊瑚褪色。

These chemicals accumulate in coral's tissues inducing bleaching, even damaging and deforming their DNA.

这些化学物质积聚在珊瑚的组织中,引起漂白,甚至破坏和 使DNA变形。

They affect mussels and algae, weakening their photosynthesis, also they have the power to modify fishes reproduction and fertility mutating their genes.

它们影响贻贝和藻类,削弱它们的光合作用,它们还能改变鱼类的繁殖和生育能力,改变它们的基因。


来源: Oceanservice

What we can do, as always, stands in the choice we make when purchasing our products.

And we are happy to say that the market is flourishing with innovative brands that are shaping their business around the environment and people's health protection.

像往常一样,我们可以做的就是在购买产品时谨慎选择。

令人高兴的是,市场蓬勃发展,创新品牌正围绕环境和人体健康保护应运而生。

Searching online, you can find several brands, check their reports and their ingredients, and even if their packaging is recyclable.

在线搜索后你可以找到几个品牌,看到他们的报告和他们的成分,甚至他们的包装是否可回收。


Unluckily, we haven't found any local brand, but we are sure that soon this will become a thing in China too.

虽然我们还没有找到任何本土品牌,但我们相信很中国很快可以发展出此类品牌产品。

Down here, we listed those brands we managed to find on Taobao, but you can discover many more. They might be a little pricey compared to the common sunscreen, but can we actually put a price tag on our skin and on the environment?

我们在下面列出了在淘宝上找到的一些品牌,但你自己也可以进行搜索。与普通防晒霜相比,它们可能有点贵,但我们的皮肤和我们的环境能够用价格标签衡量吗?


BADGER SPF

LIFE BASICS by Nourished Life

THINKSPORT SPF

RAW ELEMENTS CERTIFIED NATURAL SUNSCREEN

BLUE LIZARD AUSTRALIAN SUNSCREEN SPF

WOTNOT SUNSCREEN SPF


Since the components of these lotions are natural and organic, the first things you'll notice is that the consistency is very different from the usual ones.

由于这些乳液的成分是天然的和有机的,因此你首先要注意,其稠度与我们常见的产品相比非常不同。


At first try, they appear to be more undiluted and more tricky to use.

刚尝试时,可能会感觉难涂开,使用起来有一点难。

For instance, beeswax-based lotions, like Badger's ones, aren't easy to apply due to their thickness. They might leave a light glaze on your skin, but they work great keeping your epidermis soft and hydrated, you'll notice afterward.

例如,Badger的乳液基于蜂蜡,由于它们的厚度而不易涂抹。他们可能会在你的皮肤上留下一层淡淡的釉,但之后你会注意到它可以很好地保持皮肤柔软和水润。


In a healthy reef, coral symbionts make food for the coral animal (Juergen Freund/ Alamy)

You might need a couple of experiments to decide the product that most suits you, don't give up at the first attempt.

你可能需要进行几次实验来确定最适合的产品,不要在第一次尝试时轻易放弃。

If you are interested in digging more into how beauty-care chemicals harm marine life, visit http://www.marinesafe.org/about-us/

and http://www.stateoftheocean.org/about/.

如果你有兴趣进一步了解美容化学品如何危害海洋生物,请访问http://www.marinesafe.org/about-us/和http://www.stateoftheocean.org/about/。


As usual, we'd love to hear your review and recommendation. Have you tried any sunscreen lotion that is working perfectly?

Any tips to share?

像往常一样,我们很乐意听取你的评论和建议。你有没有试过任何完美的防晒乳液?

或是愿意分享你的小技巧?


Meanwhile, stay hydrated, nourish your skin, and enjoy life under the sun!

同时,保持水分,滋养肌肤,享受阳光下的生活!


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