Keep the reefs safe: Reef-safe sunscreen guide

October 25th, 2022
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Keeping your skin safe from the sun is essential. However, it’s also critical to use sunscreen that is safe for the oceans—specifically the reefs.


Did you know?

Just because a brand says “reef-safe” doesn’t mean it’s safe for reefs. There are currently no government regulations that require brands to adhere to making fully reef-safe sunscreen. Make sure you do your research and genuinely understand which brands are safe for the reefs.



Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid

Sunscreen with any of the following ingredients is a “no-no” for the reefs.

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Octocrylene
  • Homosalate
  • 4-methyl benzylidene camphor
  • PABA
  • Parabens
  • Triclosan
  • Any nanoparticles or “nano-sized” zinc or titanium*
  • Any form of microplastic, such as “exfoliating beads”

*If it doesn’t explicitly say “micro-sized” or “non-nano,” and it can rub in, it’s probably nano-sized

Source: Information sourced from Save the Reef.


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