If you fly to Hawaii from now through June on Hawaiian Airlines, you’ll receive either free reef-safe sunscreen (through April) or the ability to purchase it at a discounted price (through June). Read on for details.
Second, the Hawaii state legislature is currently considering a ban on sale or distribution of sunscreens containing oxybenzone.
Lastly, just how effective is your Hawaiian sunscreen at protecting both your skin and our environment?
Free Hawaiian Sunscreen on Flights to Hawaii
Hawaiian Airlines has partnered with Raw Elements USA, a natural, reef-safe and chemical-free sunscreen company. To celebrate, the airline is offering complimentary samples of their sunscreen on all flights from North America to Hawaii in April. Full-size products are available for purchase at a discounted in-flight price through June 2018. Hawaiian is also showing a related in-flight video called “Reefs at Risk.”
“Hawai‘i is a very special place, and we believe it is our kuleana, or responsibility, to care for our home.” — Avi Mannis, Senior VP, Hawaiian Airlines. “Together, we are able to positively impact thousands of Hawai‘i-bound guests per day on safer sunscreen practices and preserving the reefs.” — Brian Guadagno, CEO, Raw Elements.
Reef Safe Sunscreen Bill Pending
There is legislation before the Hawaii legislature designed to protect Hawaii’s reefs. SB2571 SD2 HD2. If passed, beginning July 1, 2019, it will be illegal in Hawaii to sell or distribute any sunscreen that contains oxybenzone or octinoxate, or both, without a prescription. That in order to preserve marine ecosystems.
Dangers of Oxybenzone to humans
Oxybenzone may also cause hormonal disruptions and cell damage itself, and could be cancer causing. More on this is likely to come to the forefront based on research soon.
Regarding Oxybenzone, the Environmental Working Group says:
1. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detected oxybenzone in more than 96 percent of the American population.”
2. “Participants who reported using sunscreen have higher oxybenzone exposures.”
3. “Oxybenzone can cause allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones.”
Just how effective is your Hawaiian sunscreen at protecting both your skin and our environment?
We’ve been writing about staying safe under the Hawaii sun for more than 10 years. As always, your best protection is a shirt, hat and proper sunglasses. But beyond that, here’s how to stay covered in the islands and elsewhere.
Safer and effective alternatives in Hawaiian sunscreen
Many new safer products are available compared with even a couple of years ago. Read on for some of the highest rated sunscreen products that also feature low toxicity to you and the environment. These products still provide great sunburn (and questionable skin-cancer) prevention caused by UVA and UVB exposure, while not injuring Hawaii’s coral reefs.
The following families of products are among the safest and most effective (according to EWG), and the highest rated by consumers:
Badger Sunscreens (various SPF) (Used by Beat of Hawaii editors)
What products have worked best for you?
Article updated 4/14/18