So as you may have noticed in the news, there’s a move afoot to ban popular sunscreens to protect coral reefs:
Bonaire’s Island Council unanimously approved a motion to ban sunscreen products containing Oxybenzone and Octinoxate.
There’s been quite some discussion in recent months about the damage to corals that sunscreen chemicals Oxybenzone and/or Octinoxate, commonly found in popular sunscreen products are doing on reefs around the world in popular tourism areas.
On May 1st, 2018, the State of Hawaii (USA) enacted a landmark ban on these products, and now, a mere two weeks later, Bonaire has followed suit…
The science appears pretty solid that these chemicals are endocrine disruptors that aren’t particularly good for either the coral reefs or your skin, so even if you’re not planning to travel to places that are banning them, you should be seriously thinking about adopting alternatives in any case.
What you want to be buying instead are products including zinc oxide that acts as a physical barrier to the sun’s rays — remember all the white noses on lifeguards in 80’s movies? That’s your hardcore zinc oxide cream, as used by glacier hikers and other people exposed to extreme sun conditions.
And why yes, we do have a specific brand to recommend to you that’s popular with scuba divers, who were concerned about sunscreen’s effects on reefs long before it was trendy: Ocean Potion!
OUR SECRET POTION
The formula for the perfect sunscreen is as simple as beach life. Start with the best level of sun protection available, add skin-loving extracts and ingredients, leave out all the junk, and then give it an unforgettably enchanting scent.
Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
Deep Sea Minerals
Sea Kelp, Algae & Aloe Vera Extracts
Vitamins B, C & E
Non-greasy & Sheer Formulas
Animal By-products & Testing (100% Vegan)
So, pretty sure there’s nothing anyone is concerned about avoiding that would be problematic here; and as you can see, they’ve got a complete line of sun exposure related protection and aftercare products. We’ll highlight here the three we recommend you pack if you’re going to be out in the Palau ocean or miles up in the Himalayas, which will handle all lesser sun stress with aplomb no doubt:
This is the hardcore glacier hiking stuff we mentioned above. Want a WALL between your skin and the sun to be sure you won’t burn (or tan!) no matter what? This is what you want.
And for protection against not just sun but wind and cold as well you want some dedicated chapstick, which is more of a personal taste but with 85% 5-star ratings on Amazon, chances are you’ll find this as good as any.
And of course your normal sunscreen. Aside from being reef-friendly, everything-free, and good for 80 minutes in the water — long enough for your longest dive or snorkel, we’re sure.
And nope, this is not a sponsored post, just our own advice on sunscreen we figure is good for both you and the reefs; but we’ll get a few pennies if you click through those Amazon links there and buy something … so please do!