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Reef Safe Sunscreen

Do you know that harsh chemical sunscreens are hurting ecosystems and killing coral reefs? Sun exposure may be harmful to skin, but your sun protection shouldn’t be harmful to marine life. That’s why Colorescience offers all-natural, reef safe sunscreen—so you can defend yourself from damaging UVA and UVB rays while also defending the environment. We call that a win-win.



Why Are Chemical Sunscreens Dangerous To Coral Reefs?

The problem is right there in the name: chemicals. Many big brand companies formulate their products with harsh chemicals that, although may be cheap to make, are not healthy for our bodies—or the oceans they make their way towards. Cheap filler ingredients, like butylparaben and octinoxate, extend the shelf life of products, but they’ve been shown to be readily absorbed by skin, enter the bloodstream, and disrupt our endocrine system. They also lead to coral bleaching, so if you’re looking for reef safe sunscreen, be sure to avoid these ingredients.

The main adversary to coral reef safe sunscreen is oxybenzone, a seriously scary ingredient found in most chemical sunscreens. Not only does this chemical enter our bloodstream within 30 minutes of application, make its way to urine and breast milk, disrupt hormonal functioning, and demonstrate links to breast cancer, but it also has toxic effects on coral reefs. Read your label and check it twice to make sure your formula is free of this harsh ingredient when shopping reef safe sunscreen or sunscreen for allergic skin.


Does Colorescience Make Reef Friendly Sunscreen?

Absolutely. We make sunscreen biodegradable formulas with all-natural minerals that are 100% safe for marine life. Even if you’re not near an ocean, it’s important to use reef safe sunscreen in order to avoid pollution contribution—the compound can make its way from our drainage systems and into bodies of water. It’s not just plastic waste that pollutes our water; an estimated 14,000 tons of sunscreen enter the world’s oceans annually. And that’s a huge problem, considering it only takes a single drop of oxybenzone in 4.3 million gallons of water to kill coral! Whether you’re at the beach or on the mainland, wearing coral reef safe sunscreen is a must.

When you shop with Colorescience, you don’t need to worry about reading every product label—we use only the purest ingredients in our entire skin care line. Whether you’re looking for the best reef safe sunscreen or dark circle cream to brighten your complexion, rest assured that your cosmetics are made healthy and environmentally friendly!

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Exposing Aerosol Sunscreen Effectiveness: Are You Applying Spray Sunscreen Properly?

By Kristen Oshiro

Whether you’ve smelt the pungent chemicals first-hand in an overcrowded beach bathroom, or you’ve just caught wind of the rumors surrounding spray sunscreen, the dangers of aerosol spray are finally starting to get the attention they deserve. It might seem counter-intuitive; if you’re applying spray sunscreen to protect your skin, how can it simultaneously be dangerous?

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