We celebrate World Oceans Day to remind us all of the major role the oceans have in our everyday life. Simply said our Oceans are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. Today is a day to, together celebrate the grand beauty, wealth, and promise of the ocean.
On this day, the 8th of June each year, World Oceans Day is held to raise awareness of the vital importance of our oceans and the role they play in sustaining a healthy planet. It should be a global celebration, working toward all helping to protect and conserve the oceans.
(Our very own Reika Roberts cleaning up our shores on World Oceans Day)
By working together, we can — and will — protect and restore our shared oceans; not only recognising World Oceans today, 8 June, but with continued engagement year-round!
The marine-toxic ingredients contained in personal care products enter the ocean when, for example, they wash off the user during a shower, or via excretion, since some of them pass into the body and then out again into sewage. Even our more modern filtration systems don’t prevent all these pollutants from entering the waste-water system and making their way to the ocean.
Of major concern: Sunscreen
Where the pollutants wash off directly into the ocean, for instance, sunscreen applied on the beach, the effect is particularly damaging due to the high concentration at the point of impact.
Two common sunscreen ingredients, oxybenzone and octinoxate, have been found to bleach, cause deformities & DNA damage, and ultimately death in coral when products containing them have washed off the skin into the ocean or via wastewater. Researchers in Hawaii managed to successfully ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and/or octinoxate earlier this year in an effort to protect their coral reefs.
This is just another reason to check that ingredient list and be aware of what you’re putting onto your skin and into our environment. We’re happy to report that dermaviduals’ Suncreams SPF 15 & 30 don’t contain either of these ingredients.
They contain the following sun protection filters:
• Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (UV-B filter)
• Octocrylene (UV-B filter)
• Bisethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine (UV-A/UV-B filter)
Such ingredients, as discussed above (oxybenzone and octinoxate), can cause harmful defects ranging from mortality to deformity and several behave as endocrine disrupters (endocrine disruptors, sometimes also referred to as hormonally active agents, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or endocrine-disrupting compounds are chemicals that can interfere with endocrine or hormonal systems) interfering with a species’ ability to reproduce, even if it survives the exposure.
Other skincare products of concern:
In the skincare industry, we can also support this national awareness by the consideration of microbeads in our skincare products and work toward how we can prevent this major environmental problem.
Microbeads, they sound harmless enough right? Wrong.
Microplastics are plastic particles that measure 5 millimetres or less in diameter. Microbeads (a marketing term the cosmetic industry introduced) count as “primary microplastic” which means they’re intentionally created by the skincare industry. “secondary microplastics” on the other hand are microplastics that are the result of larger plastic particles breaking down over time.
Microplastics are typically used to add exfoliating properties to skincare products. They can help remove dry, so-called “dead skin cells” and unclog pores which is why they’re often found in peelings and other exfoliating products such as bath gels. They’re also a common addition to toothpaste.
Microplastics form a part of this floating cloud of debris and ultimately, all plastic items that end up in the ocean, break down into microplastics. Fish and other marine wildlife swallow these tiny plastic particles and they become a part of the food chain – with us human as the final predator in the chain.
The NPR (National Public Radio) have over time, released information about these tiny bits of plastic that many personal care products, such as exfoliating cleansers and soap, contain. These small particles of plastic are causing big problems to sea life.
“They are about the same size as fish eggs, which means that, essentially, they look like food. To any organism that lives in the water, they are food,” Marine Researcher, Mason says. “So, our concern is that, essentially, they are making their way into the food web.” This means not only are they affecting the health of our oceans, sea life, and other wildlife, but these microbeads and toxins can easily make their way into your diet through your next meal of fish and chips.
These persist in the ocean environment for thousands of years and act as a magnet to some pollutants that bind to them, leach their own chemical endocrine disruptors, and form tiny toxic time-bombs eaten by fish.
In the spring of 2016 the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) (which helped to found MarineSafe), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the World Commission on Protected Areas held a specialist workshop concentrating on pollution from personal care products. The workshop reaffirmed the need for action on this escalating cause of ocean degradation and set out a scientific plan.
Here at dermaviduals, we seriously encourage you to read the ingredients of the cosmetic products you buy and boycott anything that contains microbeads. If it contains polyethylene or polypropylene, it probably contains plastic. Not all exfoliating products are bad though. The dermaviduals DMS Peeling Cream uses small spheres of hydrogenated jojoba oil to gently exfoliate your skin, so you get the glow without the guilt. It also has the dual purpose of hydrating and repairing the first barrier of defence with DMS and of course gently encouraging cellular debris to be removed with HJO.
dermaviduals have always considered the environment as a top priority. Our products have been awarded with the Green Dot, meaning that dermaviduals contribute financial assistance to the recovery and recycling of their own packaging.
At dermaviduals, we believe skin is a precious thing and its care is far too important to be left to questionable products. Our manufacturing base is in Germany, where we strictly adhere to the EU’s rigorous safety and health standards. We follow the law and we follow our hearts, which know that keeping toxic chemicals away from our clients is more than good sense and good business… it’s the right thing to do.
We take pride in our worldwide reputation as a leading source for active skincare systems made with the finest pure ingredients from around the world:
• Vitamins including Vitamin A, B, and E.
• Evening Primrose Oil
• Aloe Vera Extract
• Jojoba Oil
Our rigorously tested science-based products allow us to truly customise a skincare regimen for each of our clients, rather than use the generic blanket approach that is typical in most mass-market offerings.
If you need help navigating the confusing, chemical-infested waters of skincare products, we invite you to let a professional be your guide. The experts at dermaviduals are waiting to help you find the best approach to your personal skin beauty.
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