Everyone know that they need to wear sunscreen. You know to look for a sunscreen with SPF 30, at least, water resistant, protects from UVA and UVB rays. But have you ever wondered if your sunscreen is reef-safe? When we go into Phase 2 or maybe 3, you might want to consider getting a reef-safe sunscreen for your beach adventures.
Did you know that the sunscreen you apply before doing your water-sports can actually be washed off and remain in the ocean, causing serious damage to coral reefs and marine life. And the culprit of this problem is none other than Oxybenzone and Octinoxate. These 2 ingredients are really common in more than 3,500 sun protection products. So that means, even your moisturisers, primers and foundations that contains SPF.
So, now that you know the ingredient to look out for, now you need to know what makes a sunscreen reef-safe. Obviously, sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone or octinoxate. Or you can look out for mineral sunscreens. They are powered by minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They sit on top of your skin to deflect UV rays. Also always look out for keywords. ‘non-nano’ and ‘reef-friendly’, which means the particles are not small enough to be absorbed by marine life.
Here are 5 Reef-safe Sunscreens that you can get:
1. Supergoop! Play 100% Mineral Broad Spectrum Lotion SPF 50 (Sephora.sg)
This is a non-nano, reef-safe mineral lotion made with skin-nourishing pomegranate and perilla oils. That provides hydration and protection from environmental pollutants. The sheer formula is highly bendable, fast-absorbing and water-resistant. Great for under your makeup. There is no tint, not drying on the skin and no nasty ingredients. But we would recommend this to people with for dry, combination skin.
2. Supergoop! 100% Mineral Matter Screen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 (Sephora.sg)
This is a cult favourite. Especially for those who wears makeup. A smooth Poreless 100% mineral matte sunscreen SPF40, with a light formula that doesn’t leave your skin feeling tacky. It is an all in one, pore blurring, primer and sunscreen. The best thing about this sunscreen, it does not leave a white cast.
3. Coola Mineral Body Organic Sunscreen Lotion (naturallybetterco.com)
Coola is a mineral body sunscreen that provides hydrating, chemical-active free sun protection even for sensitive skin. Even though, this is designed for the body, it is gentle enough for you to use on the face. It uses non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen actives which provides broad spectrum UVA/ UVB protection. And Coola uses 70%+ certified organic ingredients.
4. Shiseido Global Suncare Perfect UV protector Sensitive (Sephora.sg)
This is great for everyday wear and for people who has sensitive skin. It is non-irritating, lightweight, hypoallergenic and fragrance free. But do note that this product will leave a white cast on the face. In addition, you can also use this for children.
5. Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++ (Sephora.sg)
Makeup lovers, you can now have a primer that is environmentally friendly! Or more like, you can take a dip into the ocean with your waterproof makeup and not have to worry about harming the marine life (Hopefully, your makeup products are reef-safe too). This is an anti-aging sunscreen that blends effortlessly for protected skin. The best part, it keeps your face matt. Perfect for people with oily, combination skin.