So, most of you are aware I have just got back from an amazing holiday in St Lucia where I spent most of my time relaxing, drinking cocktails and also a lot of time snorkelling. There was such an array of colourful fish and sea life and one time I saw a very large Red Cushion Starfish (which my husband and friends we met (D&P), thought was a figment of my imagination when we couldn’t find it) But it got me thinking how lucky we are to have all this amazing ocean life so easily accessible to us and how glad I was I choose a ‘REEF FRIENDLY’ sunscreen!
Most of us don’t think about or may be haven’t heard of ‘REEF SAFE’ products when considering sunscreen. Our first thought (and rightly so) is to protect our skin from the damaging UV Rays. So, with holiday season underway I thought this would be the ideal time to ask you all to consider ‘REEF SAFE’ sunscreens when you next purchase your SPF.
Even if you’re not having a beech holiday, it’s still worthwhile selecting Reef Safe products. Consider swimming in rivers and lakes or even general showering (these chemicals are not removed during water treatment process) will still wash off the sunscreen and as we know rivers end up in the ocean. So, it’s still worth considering purchasing ‘REEF SAFE’ sunscreens.
For those who may not be aware of ‘REEF SAFE or REEF FRIENDLY’ sunscreens, there are a few things to look out for.
Products should contain nano particles (a smaller particle size) and traditional zinc oxide mineral sunscreens. These are both safe and effective at protecting your skin and both are considered safe for reefs.
You should look to avoid products that contain the UV filters Oxybenzone and Octinoxate. These can be harmful to coral reefs as they can cause coral bleaching which eventually leads to the destruction of the reefs.
The only difference between Reef Safe and other sunscreens is the cosmetic feel on the skin. Mineral sunscreens are much nicer to apply and don’t leave the skin clogged up with white chalky film. So you're pretty much good to go with a mineral-based option.
If your unsure where and what to get, please send me a message. I will be able to advise the best SPF for the whole family. We offer a wide range of Reef Safe sunscreens in the clinic. As with all our skincare, it’s all clean science, green and recyclable.
Devine Skin range of SPF
SEA MAGIK RANGE -WINNER of the IMAGE Beauty Awards 2018: Best Skincare SPF.
Dead Sea Spa Magik SunSafe Oil-Free Facial Gel is specially designed to provide superior sun protection without causing breakouts on spot-prone skin. Perfect for the face and neck, this satin-gel has a light texture that leaves a soft, matte finish so skin can breathe.
Dead Sea Spa Magik SunSafe Lightening Creme SPF50 is an anti-ageing sun cream designed to even out skin tone and provide maximum protection against UVA and UVB rays. A unique combination of active ingredients works together to minimise the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation, whilst Dead Sea salt and organic plant extracts infuse the skin with vitamins and minerals to keep skin smooth and hydrated.
Dead Sea Spa Magik Sunsafe Clear Spray SPF 50 150ml. Quickly Absorbed, Water resistant For face, body and scalp. Dead sea minerals and vitamin E. Hypo allergenic suncream.
ALUMIERMD SPF RANGE -Award Winning - AlumierMD’s sunscreens contain only physical and mineral sunscreen filters, which do not do any harm to the coral reef.
Sheer Hydration SPF 40 in Untinted/Versatile Tint Skin Type: Dry/Normal/Combination Why: Boosted by zinc oxide and titanium dioxide—powerful UV fighting ingredients—it also includes the moisturizing power of vitamin E. This broad-spectrum sunscreen also boasts free-radical-quenching antioxidants, including a stable vitamin C, resveratrol, grape seed extract, and glutathione. You can also swap your foundation for the tinted version of Sheer Hydration to give your skin a healthy glow.
Moisture Matte SPF 40 Ivory/ Sand/Amber Skin Type: Normal/Combination/Oily Skin Why: In addition to zinc oxide and titanium oxide, it also has antioxidants like caffeine, silybin and knotgrass extract. This formula is especially geared to hydrate as well as moisturize while absorbing excess oil to create a matte finish. The cutting-edge, color-encapsulated beads blend on the skin, creating a sheer tint and healthy glow. Give your foundation a break and use the tinted version to get that extra oomph in glow.
Clear Shield Broad Spectrum 42 Skin Type: Normal/Combination/Oily Skin Why: This is super lightweight and quick-drying sunscreen uses the fighting power of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to battle against those harmful UVA and UVB rays. The skin’s redness is also soothed by niacinamide while the sodium hyaluronate gives the skin the moisture it needs.
Be sure to keep extra stock of sunscreen by your side and keep an eye on your skin. Melanoma, if caught early, can lead to a high survival rate. So always remember to practice safe sun care!