A team of researchers have found a new unlikely material to make sunscreen out of. In an article published to ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, the researchers postulate that amino-acid molecules found in algae and the mucus of reef-dwelling fish could be used to protect humans from the sun. 

The amino-acid derivatives (called mycosporines), along with chitosan, a substance pulled from crustacean shells can absorb both A and B ultraviolet radiation making them perfect for sunscreen. Why fish slime though?

Researcher Vincent Bulone told Crave that “(Current sunscreens) are not always friendly to the environment because some of them are chemical compounds produced through unfriendly chemical approaches. They are also not always fully efficient for protection against both UV-A and UV-B or sufficiently stable."  

Not only would the new fish slimed derived sunscreen be applied to your body, researchers feel that the substance could also be applied to fabric and other materials to help fight sun damage.

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facts about sunscreen:

 Both Miami and Boston are advocating for free sunscreen dispensaries around their respective cities. If they have their way, sunscreen will be as ubiquitous as water fountains.

 Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that many commercially produced sunscreens have adverse effects on the environment. They found out that a substance within most sunscreens contribute to the death of young coral reefs, in addition to side effects such as bleaching and mutation.

 Director Baz Luhrmann released a spoken word song entitled “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” also known as the “The Sunscreen Song” in 1999. The song’s inspiration was an essay written by columnist Mary Schmich in the Chicago Tribune which gave advice on how to live a happier live. One of the tips was slathering one’s self in sunscreen.