Why You Should Always Protect Your Skin With Reef Safe Sunscreen
Bathing suit? Check. Beach Read? Double check. Reef safe sunscreen? *crickets*
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
We understand that product labels can be difficult to decipher. After all, what makes sunscreen reef safe? What’s the difference between chemical vs. mineral sunscreen? And do you need to look for Pa +++ sunscreen if you’re already using one with SPF 30 or better?
In this post, we’ll answer these questions and more to help you understand how to choose the most protective, planet-friendly sunscreen.
Chemical vs. Mineral Sunscreen
Chemical sunscreens penetrate into the skin to absorb UV light, then convert it to heat. These chemicals can break down during the course of use and also irritate skin. That’s not exactly ideal if you have sensitive skin.
On the other hand, mineral sunscreens - like zinc and titanium dioxide - scatter UV light away from skin. Think of it as a shiny coat of armor reflecting sunlight away from your skin to deflect damaging UV rays.
So chemical sunscreen absorbs, mineral sunscreen reflects. Pretty simple, right? Unfortunately, the easy part ends here.
Reef Friendly vs. Reef Safe Sunscreen
Scientists have discovered that some sunscreen ingredients can
There is no official definition for what is reef friendly vs. reef safe sunscreen. Most manufacturers use these terms to describe 100% mineral sunscreens. Some also use them to describe chemical blocks such as avobenzone, octisalate, and homosalate. There are two reasons why this is problematic:
- The jury is still out on whether these chemical sunscreens are actually coral reef safe sunscreens.
- Mineral sunscreens can feel goopy and leave behind a white residue. To avoid this, some manufacturers use zinc nanoparticles, which can also damage coral reefs.
What Is Reef Safe Sunscreen?
In our view of reef friendly vs. reef safe sunscreen, reef safe sunscreen is a product that contains neither chemical sunblocks nor nanoparticles. Our scientists engineered our
We use non-nano zinc to provide broad-spectrum, Pa +++ SPF 30 protection. Our sunscreen also contains squalane, which works together with zinc oxide to help strengthen the skin's moisture barrier. The best part: it’s not sticky and disappears into any skin tone, making it a win for your skin and the ocean.
What Is Pa +++ Sunscreen?
We realize this term might be new to you, so let’s break it down. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
Pa is a factor of protection against UVA rays, while SPF measures protection against UVB rays. Our
How To Layer Sunscreen With Your Skincare
Step 1: Wash your face with
Step 2: Prep your skin with the right toner for your skin type. We recommend our
Step 3: Moisturize the delicate skin around your eyes with your
We hope you enjoyed learning about what makes sunscreen reef safe, and how to use mineral sunscreen so it’s most effective. If you’d like to learn more about our Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen, head over to our