And… Oxybenzone is only one of several sunscreen ingredients that are toxic to coral. Next time you head to the beach and grab a trusty bottle of sun protection, check the ingredients first. These are the ones to avoid:

  1. Oxybenzone
  2. Octinoxate
  3. Octocrylene
  4. PABA (Aminobenzoic Acid)
  5. Enzacamene
  6. Octisalate
  7. Homosalate
  8. Avobenzone

Protecting your skin is necessary in our Florida sun, but protecting our oceans is equally important. Island Water Sports is thankful to carry a variety of suncare lines that make it their duty to protect both the environment and your skin. So, head into IWS before you hit the beach.

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  1. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before surfing, swimming or your favorite activity. This allows for maximum absorption and better protection. (Newborns should be kept out of the sun. Do not use sunscreen on children under 6 months of age.)
  2. Make sure not to forget some of the most sensitive areas including ears, nose, scalp, face, shoulders, neck and cleavage areas.
  3. Always use sunscreen with at least an Spf-15 rating or higher for best protection.
  4. In addition to sunscreens try to stay covered with a wide brimmed hat, umbrella or the shade of a tree.
  5. Be sure to use a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect against both UVA & UVB rays.
  6. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. Apply more often after surfing, swimming, sweating or towel drying.
  7. Always use a water resistant sunscreen for surfing, swimming and sweating.
  8. Remember on cloudy days that up to 90% of UV rays can penetrate clouds. You can still get burned.
  9. Try to limit your time in the sun between 10am. and 2pm. when the sun is at it strongest.
  10. Sun Exposure increases up to 50% from reflection off of the water and snow.