Living in Australia, we all know just how important it is to be sun safe. But did you know it’s just as important to be reef safe?
Living in Australia, you probably know just how important it is to be sun safe all year round. But did you also know it’s just as important to be reef safe?
Research into coral reef health has recorded up to 4,000-6,000 tonnes of sunscreen entering our beautiful reefs annually, with most of it concentrated into popular tourist areas (think Hawaii’s watery ecosystem and our own Great Barrier Reef). While going sans sunscreen isn’t really an option, the good news is more and more reef-safe SPF brands are popping up. Here are five of our fave reef-safe SPF products we’re adding to our beach bags this summer.
Sun & Earth Natural Zinc
It doesn’t get much more environmentally-friendly than Sun & Earth’s Natural Zinc. Handmade in Byron Bay using solar power, this 100% natural SPF30+ sunscreen is made using skin-loving, all-natural ingredients, with non-nano zinc oxide as the UV shield. It also features goodies like cocoa butter and coconut oil to nourish your skin.
People 4 Ocean SPF50+ Sunscreen Vegan
This 100% natural, vegan sunscreen uses candelilla plant wax as a base, with zinc oxide as the sun shield. Essential oils treat your skin while this sunscreen protects it, plus the lightweight formula means it’s super comfortable to wear. Not just a reef-friendly lotion, with each purchase of the SPF50+ Vegan Sunscreen People 4 Ocean donate 50c to reef conservation, so you’re getting an environmentally-friendly double whammy.
Sea Shepherd x SunButter SPF50+ Sunscreen
SunButter was originally founded by two marine biologists, with one of their star products being a collab with conservationist group Sea Shepherd. This SPF50+ sunscreen is four hours water resistant, vegan and cruelty-free and comes in a reusable tin. Plus, with every purchase of the Sea Shepherd x SunButter SPF50+ Sunscreen, $5 is donated to Sea Shepherd to help protect our oceans.
We Are Feel Good Inc. Signature Sunscreen SPF50+
Enriched with vitamin E and aloe vera, We Are Feel Good Inc. Signature Sunscreen SPF50+ hydrates your skin while protecting you from the sun for up to four hours. Australian-owned and made, it’s been tested under some of our country’s harshest climates, so you can rest easy knowing your skin is being taken care of under our hot sun. This reef-safe sunscreen has also been designed to be wonderfully comfortable to wear, leaving no sticky residue after.
Naked Sundays SPF50+ Collagen Glow Creme
A beach party essential this summer, Naked Sundays SPF50+ Collagen Glow Creme will be your secret weapon to glowing, sun-protected skin on the beach. More than just a sunscreen, this product is a glowing primer, collagen booster and moisturiser as well, ensuring your skin loves its day out in the sun as much as you do.
This new Aussie brand is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and all of their SPF products are reef-safe to Hawaiian standards, some of the strictest globally. The products all have watermelon extract in them as well so they smell really lovely, plus the packaging is recyclable and looks cute in your bathroom cupboard.
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