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Reef-Safe Sunscreens For The Summer

Reef-friendly sunscreens (from left) Manda Organic Sun Creme, Beauty Counter Mineral Sunscreen, Lucky Bastard Sunscreen Lotion, Coola Mineral Body Sunscreen, and Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation Brush.

Our favorite reef-friendly sunscreens (from left) Manda Organic Sun Creme SPF 50, Beauty Counter Mineral sunscreen SPF 30, Lucky Bastard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, Coola Mineral Body Sunscreen SPF 30, and Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation Brush SPF 20.

While our vacation plans may be on hold just a little longer, our sun protection is not. The hotter months are here and it's time to stretch our legs! As we leave the comfort of our homes to safely, socially distance ourselves, we can't forget to lather up responsibly.

Did you know that certain sunscreens are so toxic that the chemicals can seep into your bloodstream? Me neither, but more importantly, did you know that your sunscreen can leave a lasting impact on our marine life?

According to a report by Marine Life, a marine conservation NGO, there may be as many as 82,000 chemicals from personal care products that have made their way into our oceans. The biggest pollutant is sunscreen, which is why on January 1st, 2021, Hawaii is banning the sale of coral-harming sunscreen containing the harmful chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate.

Most people believe our coral life dies because of natural occurrences, such as climate change, but it's actually caused by pollution. These harmful chemicals cause what is known as coral bleaching, which doesn't necessarily kill the coral, but raises the stress and mortality levels. Because our coral reefs produce more than half of the oxygen in our atmosphere and absorbs most of our carbon output, we have to protect it as best we can.

So if you're looking for a sunscreen that's not only good for you but for the waters around you, check out our favorites below!

Manda Organic Sun Creme SPF 50

Manda Organic Sun Creme SPF 50, $32.00.

Organic Sun Creme SPF 50

With its anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and moisturizing properties, Thanaka is the inspiration for MANDA sun protection.

In addition to its natural wellness properties, Thanaka is a sustainable and regenerative ingredient. By supplementing their formula with Thanaka, MANDA Organic Sun Creme was created to minimize its environmental footprint.


Beauty Counter Mineral sunscreen SPF 30

Beauty Counter Mineral sunscreen SPF 30, $39.00.

countersun mineral sunscreen spf 30

Guard against sun's damaging rays with this water-resistant sunscreen lotion. Formulated with non-nano zinc and California Poppy, this physical SPF 30 formulation provides an effective shield from UVA and UVB, while being gentle and pleasant feeling on the skin. Smooth, nourishing formula blends evenly onto skin with limited white residue.


Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation Brush SPF 20

Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation Brush SPF 20, $55.00.


Enjoy the simplest and cleanest application of loose mineral foundation with Colorscience Brush On Foundation SPF 20. With a pure formula that delivers sheer to medium coverage and long-lasting wear, as well as a built in brush, this lightweight foundation will make application easy, fun and mess-free.


Lucky Bastard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30.

Lucky Bastard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, $24.00.


Organically crafted and coral reef safe with non-nano zinc oxide, aloe, sunflower, jojoba oils infused with organic essential oils of chamomile and lavender. Lucky Bastard Co sunscreen (SPF 30) effectively provides full spectrum protection (UVA & UVB) for the entire family without the unwanted chemicals.


Coola Mineral Body Sunscreen SPF 30

Coola Mineral Body Sunscreen SPF 30, $32.00.


Their mineral sunscreen lotion SPF 30 is everything you want from a mineral formula without the annoying white cast. Formulated with our antioxidant-rich Plant Protection Complex, this organic water-resistant lotion with non-nano zinc oxide actives provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection whenever you need it. But the best part? This hydrating yet non-greasy mineral sunscreen glides on smoothly for a sheer, lightweight feel. It's also reef friendly so dive right in!


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