Special Issue "Skincare Chemicals and Marine Life"

A special issue of Oceans (ISSN 2673-1924).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Julian Blasco
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Guest Editor
Institute of Marine Sciences of Andalusia (CSIC), 11519 Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain
Interests: ecotoxicology; sunscreen; personal care products; nanoparticles; pharmaceuticals; trace metals; contamination; pollution; risk assessment; pollutant mixtures; sediment; bioaccumulation
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Dr. Araceli Rodríguez Romero
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Guest Editor
Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of Cadiz, 11519 Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain
Interests: global change; marine contamination; emerging contaminants; sunscreen; environmental risk assessment; marine biology; metals; bioaccumulation; sediment; ecotoxicology; multistressor approach; evolutionary biology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue of the journal Oceans entitled “Skincare Chemicals and Marine Life”.

Nowadays, there is a significant increase in the presence of emerging pollutants in the marine environment. Among these new chemical products, many of them are related to personal care and skincare products (e.g., ultraviolet filters, antimicrobial, antiseptics, plastic microbeads, etc.), which reach the coastal ecosystem, principally, through wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Although analytical methods have been developed for their quantification in different environmental matrices, there is a lack of information on these compounds concerning their fate and behavior in the marine environment and, specifically, about their bioaccumulation and toxicity in aquatic species. This Special Issue (SI) will bring specialists from different disciplines to fill this gap of information, taking into account the complexity of the marine environment and the occurrence of species belonging to different trophic levels and inhabiting different environmental compartments. In summary, this SI represents an opportunity to bring into the scientific arena an important issue about the use of these compounds and their consequences to the environment and to assess the impact of skincare products on marine life. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental quality and risk assessment studies of chemical-related skincare and personal care products in the marine environment.
  • Potential effects of ingredients contained in personal care and skincare products (e.g., nanoparticles, UV filters, antimicrobial, antiseptics, plastic microbeads, etc.) on marine biota, including different levels of biological organization.
  • Development of new methodologies and approaches to determine the presence of skincare chemicals in environmental matrices and assess the toxicity related to these contaminants.
  • Development and application of models to predict or explain the fate and behavior of chemicals released from skincare products in coastal and marine ecosystem.
  • Discussions about the frontiers of new knowledge that improve our understanding on fate, behavior and toxicity of skincare products in marine and coastal ecosystems.

This will be a dynamic Special Issue, and articles will be published as soon as the reviewers and editors are ready to accept them, without waiting for the deadline for the entire Special Issue to arrive.

Dr. Julian Blasco
Dr. Araceli Rodríguez Romero
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Oceans is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • personal care products (PCPs)
  • sunscreens
  • UV filters
  • fate
  • behavior
  • effect
  • toxicity
  • risk
  • modeling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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