Key West Is Banning These Common Sunscreen Ingredients

If you’re planning on taking a dip in the sea on your next Key West vacation, you better check the ingredient list on your bottle of sunscreen.

That’s because the coastal city is actually banning some types of sunscreens that contain two common ingredients. The ban is meant to protect the Great Florida Reef.

What’s the connection between sunscreen and reef conservation efforts? Apparently, creams that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate have been shown to wash off bathers’ bodies and contaminate the water. With millions of people hopping into the sea around Key West each year, those small amounts of chemicals really do add up.

The Florida Key will start banning the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate starting in January of 2021, so you don’t technically need to toss your bottles just yet. Still, environmentally conscious swimmers might want to check their lotions before diving in.