A good sunscreen is mandatory in the tropics and we are learning more and more about how certain chemicals we use are damaging the oceans. Turns out the many chemicals in our sunscreens are no different, and can be toxic to the same reefs we hope to enjoy — especially when there are many people frequenting the same snorkel sites. These chemicals, to name a few, kill corals: Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Homosalate, Parabenes, Triclosan, and Benzene. Coral reefs are important not only as homes to many awesome marine species, but also absorb large amounts atmospheric CO2. The good news, many new reef friendly sunscreens are now on the market.
All Good Sport Face and Body Sunscreen Lotion
Thinksport SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen
Badger SPF 30 Clear Zinc Sport Sunscreen
Supergoop! Unseen Face Sunscreen SPF 40
Raw Elements Eco Form Sunscreen SPF 30
MANDA Organic Sun Creme SPF 50
Goddess Garden Sport SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Spray (non-aerosol can)
Suntegrity Sport Natural Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30
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