Following on from my earlier article about Hawaii banning the sale of sunscreens that damage corals, I have been researching reef-safe/natural sunscreens to try.
There are a variety of brands to choose from, some of which contain all-natural ingredients and some which use synthetic alternatives. I highly recommend reading Stream2Sea’s sunscreen ingredients to avoid list, as there are a number of chemicals in some sunscreens that can damage the marine environment and your health. It’s not just about avoiding oxybenzone and octinoxate.
When using zinc-based sunscreens you need to bear in mind that a little goes a long way. Whilst they often cost more, you should only need to use a small amount each time.
Here are some top reef-safe/natural sunscreens to check out:
Kathryn Curzon @ https://www.kathryncurzon.com/2018/06/14/top-reef-safe-sunscreens/
I am a communications specialist and thoroughly enjoy providing PR, content production, content marketing, and social media services for clients within the dive and travel industries. I am also a feature writer, editor, author, and public speaker. I have a passion for marine conservation and co-founded Friends for Sharks. As the communications and education lead for Friends for Sharks, I co-organised and completed a 10-month global speaking tour in aid of shark conservation: 87 events, 8 countries, 7000 people. I am also a trained scuba diving instructor and great white shark safari guide and have lived in the UK, Egypt and South Africa. I now live in Wairarapa, New Zealand.
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