At 28, I 100% wish I could go back and speak some sense to my younger self and say, “wear that sunscreen! You will still get a tan! You don’t need to have a good first burn of the season!” Anyone else with me?! Since you’re reading this because you are even the slightest into skincare it shouldn’t be a secret that the sun damage affects how rapidly your skin ages — and how it ages. The sun will cause wrinkles, age spots, loose skin, spider veins, and a blotchy complexion, along with its most important side effect is the potential of skin cancer.
The Best Clean Sunscreen
Don’t just trust me – Beautycounter’s sunscreen has been recognized by Goop, Allure, Business Insider, Sephora, Cosmo, and I’m sure I’m missing a few. It’s reef safe, water-resistant, and will protect against both UVA and UVB rays! But let’s dive into all things sunscreen related…
Why Chemical Sunscreens Aren’t Great
Important Things to Consider When Buying a Clean Sunscreen
How does sunscreen harm coral reefs?
There are a lot of products in our sunscreens, including oxybenzone and octinoxate that are harmful to our coral reefs. These chemicals in particular can accumulate inside their coral tissue and make them sick. And yes, just in case you didn’t know coral is alive so yes it can get sick, just not in the same terms that you or I would think of. When coral gets sick it turns white or gets “bleached” and then in most cases, the coral will die.
You may not think that your own bottle of sunscreen will really do anything, but with that mindset that’s how it’s estimated that up to 14,000 tons (!!!) of sunscreen with these chemicals (oxybenzone and octinoxate) get washed into coral reefs every year.
What makes a sunscreen reef safe?
Is that alarming yet? Do you want reef-safe sunscreen? Let’s dive in (no pun intended), and to be honest, it’s not exactly clear because the beauty industry is SO unregulated, but that’s a whole different story for a different day. But basically, sunscreens that have mineral or physical UV blockers, like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, are considered safer for coral reefs.
UVA & UVB Protection, Blue Light Protection, Clean Ingredients, Oxybenzone-free, Eco Friendly, Cruelty-free, Natural Looking, Not Drying, Non-greasy, Won’t clog pores, Easy to Apply
this reef-safe, non-aerosol spray sunscreen from Beautycounter is a must for beach days. Hold it a few inches away from your skin and then liberally mist it from head to toe (literally) for water-resistant SPF 30 protection.
Sun Protection Tip: as with any sunscreen, you’ll want to reapply in 2-3 hours to make sure your skin is being fully protected. If you are swimming or sweating, it’s always a good idea to reapply more often.
Have you made the switch to safe sunscreen? Do you have any sunscreens you absolutely love? Let me know!
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~ XOXO, the Beautycounter sunscreen obsessed, Amanda // Blonde out of Water