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   Kiki Pu Chung ’04, Hawaii Medicinal Alumni Profile BY MATT HUGHES   MORE FROM Winter 2018 “We need the Earth to be alive and vibrant for ourselves and future generations, and it’s important for us to do small things that we’re passionate about to help the world. This is our small thing.” The […]

What is CBD?

According to The Hemp Business Journal, over the next three years, the CBD market is predicted to grow by 700%. Yet, in a survey conducted in 2016, only 5% of Americans know what CBD is. For an industry that is supposed to grow exponentially, it sure does seem like the public needs to become more […]

What are phthalates and parabens?

What are phthalates and parabens? What are phthalates and parabens? Aside from being hard to pronounce, they are hard on the human endocrine system! Think for a moment about the number of products you apply to your body throughout the day. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, moisturizer, toothpaste, makeup, makeup remover, sunscreen… phthalates and […]

What is “biodegradable” sunscreen?

What is “biodegradable” sunscreen? Biodegradable sunscreens break down naturally into organic components after exposure to moisture, heat and natural micro-organisms. They are environmentally friendly, meaning they minimize damage to plant and animal life. The main difference between biodegradable and nonbiodegradable sunscreens is the absence of environmentally harmful chemicals, some of which are known hormone disruptors. Ingredients in biodegradable […]

Why We Care About Coral Reefs

Why We Care About Coral Reefs So you’re not a scuba diver. Maybe reefs are miles away. Perhaps you get seasick just looking at the water. You still need to care about the coral reefs! Why? While not everyone benefits from the beauty of the coral reefs, the reefs’ benefits extend to millions. Protection and […]

Is your sunscreen reef safe?

Is your sunscreen reef safe? You’re on vacation in a tropical paradise, the sun is shining, and you are preparing for a swim in the reef. As the sun-conscious person that we know you are, you lather up with some sunscreen you picked up at the resort and dive in. But wait! Do you have […]

UVA and UVB Rays: What’s the Difference?

UVA and UVB Rays: What’s the Difference? In the summer of 2012, the FDA made some big changes to the regulations surrounding sunscreen labels, including making a distinction between the effects of UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB are now labeled as “broad spectrum” while sunscreens that are are […]

What Is Octinoxate and Is it Safe in Sunscreen?

What Is Octinoxate and Is it Safe in Sunscreen? Octinoxate is the most widely used UVB-absorbing agent in sunscreen today, but is it safe? While studies have not shown octinoxate to be quite as toxic as oxybenzone, there are definitely reasons to be wary of this ingredient in your suncare products. What does octinoxate do? Octinoxate, also known as […]

What Is Oxybenzone and Why Is it in Sunscreen?

What Is Oxybenzone and Why Is it in Sunscreen? Oxybenzone, or benzonephenone-3, is one of the most common chemical filters found in commercial chemical sunscreens. It forms colorless crystals that are readily soluble, and provides UV coverage. While the primary function of oxybenzone is to absorb UV light, research has shown that it is also […]