The components of the sun creams chemicals are harmful for the corals and marine life. To overcome this phenomenon, new protective creams for corals " reef safe »Appeared in the midst of already very many sunscreens. So how do you choose? I am not an expert but I try to give you in this article all the elements to choose well your coral-friendly sunscreen.
ARTICLE GUIDELINES # reminders # How to choose # White cream # Information video # My recommendations
REMINDERS ON SUN CREAMS
- It doesThere are currently no regulations on the terms "reef safe", "reef friendly", "ocean friendly" ...
- Are purely marketing terms used by manufacturers.
- They were created after Hawai is banned creams containing oxybenzones and octinoxates (they were the 1st to do so).
- Added to this are the terms eco friendly "," natural "," organic "," minerals "...
10 TIPS TO CHOOSE YOUR CORAL PROTECTIVE SUN CREAM (“REEF SAFE”)
Always use a cream, NO SPRAY
Part of the spay will often settle on the sand and is likely to end up in the ocean because of the tides or the wind.
Take creams with HIGH WATER RESISTANCE
These creams will give you more time before dissolving in water.
NoOXYBENZONE and someOCTINOXATE
These are the chemicals that most affect corals.
Note: All "reef safe" creams should be normally without oxybenzone and octinoxate.
Choose a cream « NON-NANO " or WITHOUT NANOPARTICLES (ex: zinc oxide and titanium oxide)
This means that the particles in the sunscreen are smaller than 100 nanometers and therefore too large to be ingested by corals.
Note: Please note, not all “reef safe” creams are necessarily “non-nano”.
Avoid the PARABENS (Butylparaben) or "paraben-free"
A group of synthetic compounds commonly used as preservatives, known to disrupt the hormonal function of marine life and humans.
A packaging " ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY »Would be welcome, ie recyclable packaging.
Favor manufacturers who no longer use plastic for their bottles.
With the label " vegan & cruelty-free" :
> " cruelty–free »: The products have not been tested on animals.
> “vegan”: The products do not contain substances coming from animals.
> These 2 labels are validated by independent organizations.
For your comfort, avoid " white creams "
In practice, many “reef safe” creams have the bad characteristic of being very thick and white. You wash your body with cream and you are all white!
Read the user comments carefully on this point.
Check the regulations in the countries where you go on vacation
Many countries have already regulated the components of the sunscreens that they authorize (Hawai, Palau, US virgin islands, Key west, Mexico (Playa del Carmen), Bonaire…) and this will only increase.
Don't focus onprotection sign
An SPF30 index should be enough to protect you
SOME VIDEOS TO INFORM YOU
- Protection index: a cream SPF 30 is sufficient !
The SPF (Sun Protection Factor in English) is a measure of the level of protection against UVB, but corresponds more to an exposure time in fact
- Differences between UVA, UVB and UVC:
MY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHOOSING YOUR CORE PROTECTIVE SUN CREAM "REEF SAFE"
It was not easy but after researching the net here is what I recommend that respect all the characteristics that I gave you (there are plenty of others of course).
Niu SPF 30 mineral sunscreen - 50 ml - € 19.95
A French company with a great product!
The best value for money. Do not leave a white mark.
Authorized in Mexico, Palau, Bonaire, Hawai ...
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