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October 2013    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 28, No. 10   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Sunscreens that Protect Divers as well as Reefs

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In last month's issue, we ran a story about the actual results of many high-SPF sunscreens, and how many of them just use high numbers as a gimmick. We listed the results of Consumer Reports' survey of sunscreens, and then listed the ones they ranked as best buys.

But how well do those sunscreens protect the reefs, asks subscriber Lisa Evans (Fort Collins, CO). "I was dismayed to see there was no information about the damage done to coral from many commercial sunscreen products. I've researched this, and while I still use conventional sunscreen for land-based activities, I make it a point to buy reef-safe sunscreen for my dive trips. Right now I have Goddess Garden 30 SPF ( ). I encourage you to help readers become aware of the potential damage their sunscreen is causing to coral reefs."...

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