Here’s Why People Are Switching To “Reef-Safe” Sunscreens This Summer

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* No fragrance, no chemicals and all organic
* Mineral-based sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection
* Biodegradable and environmentally-friendly

Applying sunscreen when you are outside at the beach, by a body of water, or anywhere your skin will be exposed to the sun is a no-brainer. What is a little complicated is the effect sunscreen may have on the environment.

Regular sunscreen you may find at your local drugstore can contain two common chemicals which have been deemed potentially harmful to aquatic life including coral reef systems. According to Consumer Reports, in July of 2018, Hawaii became the first U.S state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing these ingredients and more states and even retail stores are sure to follow.

Sheila
4 months
Maybe I’m just dumb, but what are the chemicals to avoid?

Sheila
4 months
Maybe I’m just dumb, but what are the chemicals to avoid?

While sunscreen’s overall environmental toll has a long way to go in terms of study and regulation, it is important to know what you are putting on your body and thus into the environment. Below we have listed a few great sunscreens that are made from the all-natural mineral, zinc, for protection, contain no toxins, and use ingredients that seem to be safer for coral reefs and the overall environment than chemical ones.

1. Two Peas Organics Mineral Sunscreen

Two Peas Organics Mineral Sunscreen is a natural and biodegradable sunscreen that is suitable for all members of the family. This unscented, SPF 30 sunscreen uses the natural mineral, Zinc Oxide, to deflect the harmful UVA/UVB rays and help prevent sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging. In addition to protection, this sunscreen contains organic coconut oil, jojoba oil and shea butter to leave your skin feeling smooth and protected.

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2. TotLogic Natural Sunscreen

The TotLogic Sunscreen was created especially for babies six months of age and older but can be used by anyone who wants an all-natural, mineral-based, broad-spectrum sunscreen with superior UVA and UVB protection. Hypoallergenic and gentle, this formula contains 20% natural zinc oxide, which makes it great for sensitive skin and safe for the face and body. Rich in antioxidants and botanicals, this sunscreen is infused with white tea, jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid, arnica, chamomile and lavender, making it not only a good sun protectant, but a nourishing skin hydrator as well.

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3. AOS Sunscreen Lotion

If laying out in the sun is not your cup of tea, then the Art of Sport (AOS) Skin Armor Sunscreen might be the perfect option. Formulated for athletes, this UVA/UVB SPF 50 sunscreen is performance-driven so it will not only protect you from the sun but will prevent dryness from sweat, and hydrate your skin. It contains an ultra-dry, weightless finish, rubs in quickly and has a no-slip formula so it won’t feel greasy. Whether its a marathon or surf competition, this all-natural, reef-friendly sunscreen will protect so you can beat the conditions and the competition.

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4. All Good Sport Sunscreen Lotion

All Good Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 is a lightweight, broad-spectrum sunscreen with a mission to keep you protected while protecting the oceans. By using non-nano zinc for protection, this formula also contains organic green tea, rose hips and buriti oil for help repairing dry and sun damaged skin. Free of oxybenzone and gluten, this vegan sunscreen is biodegradable making it coral reef friendly, environmentally safe and works on all members of the family, including kids.

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