7 Coral-Reef-Safe Sunscreens That Will Protect You and the Ocean
If you've seen the distinction "reef safe" on your sunscreen, you've likely questioned its meaning, and we're here to help. The reef in reef safe sunscreens refers to coral reefs, and this product distinction has been created to help customers combat some of the ocean pollution that can come with wearing sunscreen. If you're curious, we've broken it down for you.
What is reef safe sunscreen?
Basically, according to CNET, there are certain chemicals formulated in sunscreens that contribute to the destruction and decay of coral reefs, which nobody wants. Those ingredients are oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene. Additionally, you're looking for formulas that have non-nano particles. If the particles in the formula are too small, they can be absorbed into the ocean regardless.
Whether you want a zinc-based formula or something light for your face, these products will keep you protected fun the sun and help keep the oceans that much safer. Every little thing we can do to help keep our planet healthy is a yes from us, and, spoiler alert, some of your tried and true favorite sunscreens, like Sun Bum and SuperGoop are on this list. Keep on reading to shop our favorite reef safe picks.
A Drugstore Sunscreen: Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion For Face SPF 30
This Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion For Face SPF 30 ($9) smells like coconuts and is a joy to apply. If you love affordable products, this is a great choice, and it works beautifully.
A Zinc Based Sunscreen: Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion
Customers love this Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion ($24). It's a great option for children and adults alike.
A Lightweight Sunscreen: Dr. Dennis Gross All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense Sunscreen
If you suffer from hyperpigmentation and sun spots, this Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 ($42) is going to be your new best friend. It feels like a serum, and is so lightweight and easy to apply.
A Water Resistant Sunscreen: Thinksport Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+
If you're doing water activities, you want to have on a sunscreen that's water-resistant. This Thinksport Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($14, originally $16) is a customer favorite for it's price and protection.
A Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin: Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense Sunscreen SPF 30
Keep your skin protected and nurtured with this Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 ($45). It's a great option if you have dry or sensitive skin.
A Sunscreen That Doesn't Pill: Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++
Sephora customers are big fans of this Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++ ($30), and we think you will be too. People really love this sunscreen because it doesn't pill under makeup, which is always a plus.
A Kids Sunscreen: California Kids Supersensitive Broad Spectrum Tinted Sunscreen
This California Kids Supersensitive Broad Spectrum Tinted Sunscreen ($26) is gentle enough for kids, but can be used on adults too. Take this on family beach trips, and everyone will be happy.