Oxybenzone: Important Things You Need to Know

Important Things You Need to Know About Oxybenzone & Sunscreen

When looking for sunscreen for you and your family, make sure to do your research first. Learn more about oxybenzone and sunscreen with SunSense today. 

With summer just around the corner, you’ll soon be applying sunscreen and avoiding the sun's harmful UV rays. If you’ve been keeping up with recent news, you may have heard about Hawaii’s upcoming rules on sunscreen use. Known for their coral reefs and crystal beaches, Hawaii plans to ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone.

This was primarily due to observations of coral bleaching that they thought was caused by swimmers wearing these specific sunscreen ingredients while swimming amongst the reefs. However, further studies found this connection inconclusive due to insufficient evidence.

This may be concerning for some, as negative press around sunscreens containing  oxybenzone could lead to fewer people using them, potentially increasing harmful sun exposure for those people. You may be thinking, what is oxybenzoneWhy Is it being used in some sunscreensWhy are these ingredients being banned in Hawaii?  We answer some of your pressing questions here!

What is Oxybenzone?

One of the more common filters in sunscreen is oxybenzone. This active ingredient can be used throughout Australia in line with TGA approved standards. Its purpose is to help filter harmful UVA and UVB radiation. Exposure to solar UV radiation is a major contributor to skin cancer, so sunscreen filters like oxybenzone are designed to help prevent potentially life-threatening skin cancers.

The Hawaii Department of Health have spoken out against the decision to ban oxybenzone due to insufficient coral bleaching evidence as skin care is their number one concern.

Some of our Ego products contain these ingredients within the approved concentration levels, therefore our customers should feel reassured that our products are safe.  At SunSense, helping to maintain the skin health of our customers is our main priority.  We have a range of products specially formulated for individual skin types including sensitive, oily and dry skin that offer the  highest SPF protection in Australia.

Being sun aware

Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection. Follow the below steps in the sun all year round.

Cover Up: Covering up is just as important as sunscreen. Clothing, hats and glasses help protect us from dangerous sun exposure. Finding some shade during the hottest parts of the day is also a great way to avoid the sun.

Apply 20 minutes before going out: Applying sunscreen 20 minutes prior to going out gives the sunscreen time to start working and helps to keep you protected from sun exposure.

The 7 Teaspoon Rule: When applying sunscreen, follow the 7-teaspoon rule. Apply a teaspoon worth of sunscreen to each arm and each leg, one on your chest and one on your back. Don’t forget half of teaspoon worth of sunscreen on your face and another half on your neck.

Re-apply after 2 hours: Make sure to apply sunscreen every 2 hours after exercising, swimming and towelling dry to help maintain sun protection.

Remember to be sun aware this summer, and visit our FAQ page for any questions about our products at SunSense.


Disclaimers- Sunsense sells the highest label claim allowed as per AS:NZS 2604:2012; Very High, SPF50+, Broad Spectrum protection in Australia, excluding SS Clear Mist SPF50 and SS Clear Gel SPF50 highest label claim allowed as per AS:NZS 2604:2012; Very High, SPF50+, Broad Spectrum.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. Avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear protective clothing, hats and eyewear to further reduce risk. Frequent re-application is required.