Why You Should Only Wear Reef Safe Biodegradable Sunscreen

Why should you only wear Biodegradable Sunscreen? There are several reasons, and the first reason is the coral reefs in our oceans.

It breaks my heart to see so much bleached coral. Be sure to wear biodegradable sunscreen brands and we wouldn’t have so much bleaching!

ALMOST ALL POPULAR SUNSCREEN BRANDS ARE FULL OF CHEMICALS HARMFUL TO CORALS

What you do above, matters below.
Imagine how many chemicals are dumped into the ocean by chemical sunscreen alone!

What happens when people, and I mean millions of people, wear sun protection full of chemicals when they are in the ocean? Well, the sunscreen lotion rinses off, and scatters the ingredients of that sunscreen throughout the marine environment. The vast majority of sunscreens people use are not biodegradable sunscreen, and contain chemicals that are poisonous and harmful to the reef and to corals. Oxybenzone, also known as “benzophenone-3” or “BP-3” is one of 7 sunscreen chemicals that are very disrupting to coral reproduction, causes coral bleaching, and actually damages coral DNA! Butylparaben is a common preservative ingredient in sunscreens shown to cause coral bleaching.

**A reminder: Why are Coral Reefs important to sustain human life? Coral reefs are a source of food for millions of people, protect coastlines from storms and erosion, provide habitat, spawning and nursery grounds for economically important fish species, provide jobs and income to local economies from fishing, recreation, and tourism, are a source of new medicines, and are hotspots of biodiversity. Chasing Coral research shows that 90% of coral reef systems will be gone by 2050. 2050! My youngest grandchild will be 30 years old, and most of our reef systems will be gone?? That does not bode well for a planet that needs the ocean for human life to survive here.

BIODEGRADABLE IS BETTER FOR ALL ENVIRONMENTS, NOT JUST THE OCEAN.

Photo by Matic Kozinc

Biodegradable products and sunscreens are better for all environments, because as they biodegrade, they do so harmlessly in the environment.

BIODEGRADABLE IS BETTER FOR HUMAN SKIN AND HEALTH!

“Oxybenzone has been shown to penetrate the skin and cause photo-sensitivity. As a photocarcinogen, it has demonstrated an increase in the production of harmful free radicals and an ability to attack DNA cells; for this reason, it is believed to be a contributing factor in the recent rise of Melanoma cases with sunscreen users. Some studies have shown it to behave similarly to the hormone estrogen, suggesting that it may cause breast cancer. It has also been linked to contact eczema and allergies.” Read more about the damage to you and your skin at
https://www.truthinaging.com/ingredients/oxybenzone.

Killing coral can also kill YOU.
Brain coral, bleaching.

Here are some Biodegradable Sunscreen Brands recommended by the Environmental Working Group and other environmental organizations, as well as by me, Travels with Tam! Remember, every single thing you do has an effect on our oceans!

  1. Sun Bum. I love this spray! It goes on smooth and clear without the white look of zinc. It is one of my favorites, and I also love the lotions and bars as well. There are all types for all skins!

2. Badger is well known for being a reef safe sunscreen brand! For kids too!


3. Thinksport is an awesome brand, my daughter in law uses it for my precious grandgirl!

4. Alba Botanical is another favorite of mine. They have a lovely spray, and a great lotion as well.

And take a look at this one as well!

100percentpure

Has amazing natural and organic products, not just biodegradable sunscreen, but everything for your skin! I highly recommend checking it out! Especially look at

Everywhere SPF Body Stick: 2.5 fl oz

Tomato Lycopene SPF 20 Moisturizer

Green Tea SPF 30

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Award Winning Travel Journalist and Blogger, writing about Eclectic Travels in the Empty Nest! From scuba to luxury cruises to kayaking to expeditions, Tam is ready to go! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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