With summer just around the corner, sun safety becomes a major priority. To protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays, most people will turn to conventional chemical sunscreen. However, there are also potential health and environmental risks lurking within a bottle of chemical sunblock unbeknownst to many.
In several recent studies, two chemicals oxybenzone (also called benzophenone-3 or BP3) and octinoxate (also known as Octyl methoxycinnamate or OMC) commonly used as UV filters in conventional sunscreens as they protect against the damaging effects of ultraviolet light, have recently been linked to human health issues and the destruction of coral reefs.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental organisation specialising in chemical-focussed research, advocacy and corporate accountability, the chemical absorber oxybenzone causes allergic skin irritations and interferes with a person’s hormones.
In addition, a 2018 report titled ‘Impacts of Sunscreen on Coral Reefs’ by the International Coral Reef Initiative, found oxybenzone to increase coral bleaching, damaging its DNA and affecting its ability to reproduce.
Last year, the state of Hawaii moved to ban both octinoxate and oxybenzone, finding that the chemicals caused “significant harmful impacts on Hawaii’s marine environment and residing ecosystems, including coral reefs that protect Hawaii’s shoreline.” More specifically, it found that octinoxate is responsible for coral bleaching and increasing mortality of developing coral. It also found that the chemical likely caused endocrine disruption.
Fortunately, there are a growing number of ocean-friendly reef-safe sunscreens available on the market that are safe for human health, aquatic life and precious coral reefs.
One such natural sunscreen is Sukin’s SPF 30 Sheer Touch Natural Face Sunscreen, a non-greasy sheer sunscreen designed for daily use and contains an antioxidant-rich blend of rosehip oil, green tea and cucumber to nourish the skin. The sunscreen’s active ingredient is Zinc Oxide, a mineral compound that is effective in blocking the sun, providing natural UVA and UVB broad spectrum protection without any of the harmful and hazardous effects.
In fact, this Australian natural skincare brand avoids the use of both harmful chemical absorbers oxybenzone and octinoxate, adding these chemicals to its strict ‘No List’ of ingredients; a list which bans other harmful chemicals such as parabens, sulphates, phthalates, triclosan and synthetic fragrances from its beauty and skincare products.
“Sukin harnesses the natural UV blocking powers of ingredients like Zinc Oxide to ensure runoff from your sunscreen won’t be of detriment to aquatic life.”
Its natural sunscreen also provides the most common level of sun protection, SPF 30, or Sun Protection Factor 30, which measures a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVA and UVB rays from damaging your skin. Suitable for everyday use, Sukin’s Sheer Touch Natural Face Sunscreen is also available in tinted shades, Light-Medium and Medium-Dark, and untinted shades, to suit a variety of skin types, needs and preferences. Its SPF range is sheer to apply and is formulated so that it won’t leave that annoying white cast that requires copious amounts of time trying to rub away!
Sukin’s entire skincare range is locally manufactured in Melbourne, derived from natural ingredients, is certified cruelty-free and 100% vegan. But its commitment to the environment doesn’t end there. This leading natural skincare brand has also partnered with not-for-profit organisation Green Australia to support their Reef Aid Program, an environmental initiative aimed at saving Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef.
Through this partnership, the program works closely with landholders and local communities across the Great Barrier Reef Catchment to improve water quality, tackle erosion by rebuilding land, restore vital coastal wetlands and conserve the reef, home to a complex ecosystem comprising of 1,700 fish species and six marine species including the endangered Australian Hawksbill Turtle.
As if that wasn’t enough, the brand is also proudly carbon neutral– and has been for over a decade.
So the next time you decide to slip, slop, slap, make sure you apply a natural and effective skincare that’s good for you and the environment too, such as Sukin’s natural sunscreen.
And for maximum sun protection, don’t forget to wear a hat and use a beach umbrella!
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