Not only can these toxic ingredients impact our health, they can also impact the environment as well. The most common and dangerous chemicals include Oxybenzone, Butylparaben, and Octinoxate.
The safest sunscreens for you, and for the environment, are mineral-base sunscreens.
These sunscreens contain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These minerals work by reflecting UV rays off of your skin, and, as long as these minerals are non-nano particles, they are considered reef safe (i.e. they don't harm coral reefs).
So what are the best mineral sunscreens to use?
The Best Mineral Sunscreens:
Below are our top picks for effective, safe sunscreens.
Thinksport was created with the intent to be the safest sunscreen possible. With sound science behind their product and sustainable, eco-friendly packaging, Thinksport is focused on safe, effective product for you and the environment.
All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen is made from of zinc oxide and several skin nourishing ingredients including aloe, calendula, green tea, and rose hips. They recommended using after moisturizer for a smoother application. This product is reef-friendly too!
So you know which sunscreens to use, but how should you use them?
Try these tips!
Follow the directions given by the sunscreen maker. Different brands have different recommended usages and reapplication times.
Always do a patch test to make sure you don't react to any of the ingredients before applying all over. Apply a small amount to the inside of your elbow, and wait a few minutes. If burning, itching, or redness occurs, do not use the product!
Test out sunscreen before major sun exposure! Should a brand not work for you, you don't want to find out halfway through your day! Try out new sunscreens on a day where you don't need to be in the sun for hours, should you start to burn.
Pack a rash guard and a hat, you may need more sun protection around midday or if you start to burn.
Don't forget your scalp, ears, and lips can burn too! Apply sunscreen or keep them covered!
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