Q. Oxybenzone is most likely present in which of the following?

[A] Toiletries

[B] Sun Screens

[C] Plastic Containers

[D] Body Deodorants

Answer: B

Researchers have identified a mechanism by which oxybenzone – a common sunscreen component – may be hastening the demise of reefs.

Oxybenzone is the sun-blocking agent in many sun creams. Its chemical structure causes it to absorb UV rays, preventing damage to skin cells.

But it has attracted controversy in recent years after studies reported that it can damage coral reefs. These concerns have led to some beaches in Hawaii, Palau and the US Virgin Islands, banning oxybenzone-containing sunscreens.

Source: DTE