Scientists have detected chemicals in sunscreen that can cause birth defects and infertility.
In the study, the team from the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), found that the chemicals in sunscreen caused abnormalities in Zebrafish and killed their offspring.
After human use, the organic or chemical ultra-violet (UV) filters in sunscreens are discharged into the sea, either directly by being washed off with sea water or indirectly through discharge of wastewater.
Eventually they enter the sea, thereby posing a threat to marine organisms and the ecosystem.
These UV filters could possibly pass up the food chain to humans and affect our health, the researchers said.