Do you know that your sunscreen can potentially harm coral reefs and your health?
Every year, over 5000 tons of sunscreen wash off our bodies and into open water with environmental consequences. Here is how to pick eco-friendly SPF creams with UVA and UVB protection, free of chemicals, such as oxybenzone and octinoxate known to bleach and damage coral reefs and your health.
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1. Active Ingredient: 🌿Mineral sunscreen over chemical sunscreen
Avoid chemical sunscreens, they contain chemicals like oxybenzone, octinoxate (octylmethoxycinnamate), homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, and avobenzone. These are hormone and endocrine disruptors and coral reef killers.
MINERAL sunscreen instead contain zinc dioxide and/or titanium dioxide! I prefer zinc dioxide. Why? Read next.
2. Zinc Dioxide version: 🌿non-nano over nano
Zinc dioxide is considered superior UVA and UVB sun protection, compared to titanium dioxide. The non-nano zinc dioxide version is safer, since it cannot penetrate into your skin.
3. Inactive ingredients: 🌿organic over toxic
Chose simple ingredients, avoid fragrances and other toxic ingredients like the preservative methylisothiazolinone reported serious cases of skin allergies.
4 Sunscreen consistency: 🌿cream, lotion, stick over SPRAY
Skip the spray! Spray sunscreens have been proven to be toxic to the lungs when inhaled! According to ew.org: "The lungs have difficulty clearing small particles, so the particles may pass from the lungs into the bloodstream. Insoluble nanoparticles that penetrate skin or lung tissue can cause extensive organ damage." Link is here.
Don’t use it on your kids! ☀️Here are my favorite sunscreens that passed the test: @honeygirlorganics @laguna_herbals @badgerbalm @rawelementsusa @babobotanicalsstick @thrivemarket
Raw Elements Organic Sunblock
Looking to replace your conventional sunscreen with a safer one? Great! Here it is:
An organic, mineral SPF, made by @rawelementsusa with FDA approved protection and Certified Organic natural inactive ingredients.
🐠Coral reef safe, cruelty-free, biodegradable, with plastic-free packaging options. 80 minutes of water resistance, soy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free. Safer for the entire family.
☀1.Active ingredients: non-nano Zinc Oxide which is one of the only two approved SPF ingredients by the FDA. Zinc Oxide is also the only active ingredient that is able to provide full protection for both UVA and UVB, even better than the other approved ingredient Titanium dioxide.
🍃2.Inactive ingredients: organic sunflower oil, organic green tea and black tea, organic coffee bean, organic hemp seed oil, organic cocoa butter, natural mango butter, beeswax, rosemary oil extract, and vitamin E. That’s it!
Incredibly protective and moisturizing, it is full of antioxidants, mineral, and vitamins, with the cleanest and simplest ingredients on the market!
👩💻When you see too many ingredients in a sunscreen that are really not necessary, they are there just because they are cheap to make! Chemical sunscreens are a safety and environmental concern. Spray or powder sunscreens are considered toxic for the lungs and environment. ‘Waterproof’ and ‘All Day Protection’ claims are misleading and not allowed. Finally, the FDA is reconsidering conventional sunscreens and making great changes in the sunscreen world. Link on here.
Hawaii Seeks to Ban "Reef-Unfriendly" Sunscreen
Honey Girl Organic Sunscreen and Organic After Sun
In a world of chemical sunscreens full of fragrances, parabens, oxybenzone, octinoxate (octylmethoxycinnamate), homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, and avobenzone, which are hormone and endocrine disruptors, Honey Girl sun products are the safer alternatives we all need!
🌿One of my favorite clean sunscreens on the market is PROTECT, made by Honey Girl Organics, with the purest ingredients found in a sunscreens, plus it has super nice packaging.
✨This safer mineral sunscreen is made with 20% uncoated non-nano zinc oxide, organic raspberry seed oil, organic carrot seed oil, organic shea butter, olive oil, and organic Hawaiian beeswax!
💖Their after sun is a favorite of mine, made with only pure ingredients, designed to repair skin at a cellular level. With organic aloe gel, raw Hawaiian honey, beeswax, and an array of essential oils, including fir balsam, lemongrass, clove, patchouli, jasmine, and vanilla. Your skin will be refreshed, tanned and healthy, like Hawaiian beauties!🌺
Laguna Herbals Organic Sunscreen
Laguna Herbals combines non-nano zinc oxide with just 5 organic ingredients.This non-toxic, water resistant, sunscreen is free of harmful chemicals. It has an SPF 50+ with UVA and UVB protection. The travel friendly tin can easily be packed into your beach bag, purse or luggage without the worry of leakage. The tear-free formula is non-greasy and won’t drip into your eyes. Whether you are surfing, swimming, biking, hiking or lounging this sunscreen is safe and effective. It can even be applied as a primer under make-up.
Non-Nano Zinc Oxide And 5 Organic Ingredients
Organic Trio Prime, Protect, H2Go
Organic, glamorous stick trio that conveniently keeps our skin healthy, protected, and hydrated in 3 steps!
🌺H2GO: organic moisturizer. It Is a convenient way to keep your skin hydrated and nourished during this dry season. This deep conditioning balm is perfect for a quick touch of soft moisture anywhere you need—face or body, including around the eye area for a quick lift
🌺PRIME: organic primer. Super easy to apply, this USDA organic makeup primer will smooth and prepare your skin for an easier makeup application by reducing the pores and improving your skin texture with hydrating and anti-aging Hawaiian antioxidants! Made with only 4 ingredients!
🌺PROTECT: sunscreen with organic ingredients! A great way to have sunblock always with you when you need it! Made with only 1. uncoated non-nano zinc dioxide, 2. natural sunscreen organic raspberry seed oil, 3. carrot seed oil, 4. organic beeswax, 5. organic shea butter, and 6. organic extra virgin olive oil! This will keep your skin moisturized with its natural edible nutrients while protecting during the cold and the dry season!
✨USDA certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and handmade in Hawaii with 💖! A glamorous stick trio to carry in your bag, gym bag, travel, and anytime you are on the go!✨
Aubrey Organics Aloe Vera
🍃 I have been using this product for years! It is refreshing and protective at the same time. It is made without the unsafe ingredients found in other "natural" Aloe Vera brands such as alcohol, EDTA (preservatives), phenoxyethanol (preservatives), Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate (preservatives), Polysorbate-20 (emulsifying agent)and alcohol (drying and irritating).
🌿Aloe Vera by Aubrey Organics is made just with organic ingredients Aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice*, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate. *Certified organic. It is great to treat sunburns and another skin rash! It hydrates and restores dry skin! It is can be mixed with your sunblock for extra hydration or you can spray after sports activity outdoor! It will soothe and relieve your sun-exposed skin and muscles as well! Keep it in a refrigerator for extra refreshing relief.💦
99% organic, Vegan, Cruelty-free, Made in USA
How To Choose a Sunscreen
Everyday needs to be World Oceans Day!
🐠🐚 🐬How to choose a sunscreen:☀️
🍃When choosing a sunscreen, you have to start by ruling out UV-filtered chemical sunscreens. They contain ingredients such as oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, octisalate, which are toxic for us and for the coral reefs. 🐠 🍃Replace them with MINERAL sunscreens that contain zinc dioxide and/or titanium dioxide! Zinc dioxide is considered superior UVA and UVB sun protection, compared to titanium dioxide.
🍃Choose mineral in the NON-Nano version. It is considered safer, since it cannot penetrate into your skin. Finding non-Nano zinc dioxide is the best choice for your sunscreen.
🍃Skip the spray sunscreen and choose only cream, lotion, or stick sunscreen. Spray sunscreens have been proven to be toxic to the lungs when it is inhaled !
🍃Then take a look at the other ingredients. Check that they are organic (or at least natural), such as aloe vera, beeswax, sunflower oil, coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, and calendula.
✨Now you are ready to choose the best sunscreens: Non-spray, mineral sunscreen, non-nano, zinc dioxide (active ingredient), and with fewer natural and/or organic other ingredients!
Now you know how to choose a clean, effective, non-toxic, eco-friendly sunblock!💁🏻 (Remember to protect yourself with a rash guard, clothing, hats, sunglasses, and find some shade for prolonged sun exposure during the peak hours!) My favorites are:
☀️Zeb's organic sunscreen (affordable, vegan option available, non-whitening)
☀️Badger sunscreen (organic ingredients, but a little whitening)
☀️Laguna Herbals (organic ingredients, plastic-free options available. I didn't try it yet, but many people like them)
☀️Raw Elements USA (organic ingredients, plastic free options). Photo: @benjhick
Herbal Choice Mari spf-30 Face & Body Butter
Active ingredients: Zinc Oxide (77497) 21% (natural earth mineral, largest particle size used, non-nano particles). Other ingredients: Organic olive oil, wild harvested candelilla wax (plant based), organic jojoba oil, organic shea butter (raw, unfiltered), organic bergamont oil.
- With organic ingredients
- No petroleum based ingredients
- Cruelty-free, vegan and vegetarian
- Free from oxybenzone and octinoxate
- Free from synthetic fragrances or dyes
- Free from gluten, dairy, soy, corn, no GMO
- Free from phthalates, parabens, preservatives
- Free from beeswax, insects or animal ingredients
- Packaged in a special eco-friendly violet glass bottle
- Oils are hexane free, cold pressed, non-refined, non-deodorized
Badger Organic Sunscreen Baby
Organic sunscreen with 98% organic ingredients and 100% certified natural! With Chamomile & Calendula by Badgerbalm ☀️🌴🌸
It a safer sunscreen but it is whitening.
SIX INGREDIENTS - Gentle and effective broad-spectrum protection with just 6 ingredients! No oxybenzone, octinoxate, or other chemical active sun screening agents.
ZINC OXIDE - Broad spectrum protection from harmful UVA & UVB rays using safe non-nano mineral Zinc Oxide.
WATER RESISTANT - Certified organic base of Sunflower Oil, Beeswax & Vitamin E is ultra-moisturizing and soothing. Easy application and water resistant for at least 40 minutes.
HYPOALLERGENIC - Pediatrician tested and approved safe for babies and kids. Hypoallergenic formula is safe for sensitive skin.
REEF FRIENDLY - BPA & phthalate-free tube made from #2 recyclable plastic. Biodegradable and safe for coral reefs and other ecosystems. Certified cruelty-free.