Which Sunscreens Are Best for the Environment?
We are at the peak of the summer season, vacations and stays on the beach, so it is important to remind you that you avoid the afternoon sun and being exposed to sun for too long and always apply a sufficient amount of sunscreen. Sunscreens are important to protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation, which can cause melanoma and other types of skin cancer, but unfortunately their harmful impact on the environment is growing.
According to UN, it is estimated that one-fifth of the world’s coral reefs are dead. Some synthetic ingredients in sunscreen, which do not decompose by entering the environment, can cause coral bleaching. Between 6 and 14 tons of sunscreen are stored in coral reefs each year and it is estimated that another 15% of coral could be destroyed in the next decade.
Some of the harmful compounds, such as Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (also known as Octinoxate or Benzophenone-3) and Oxybenzone, are found in more than 3,000 different sunscreen products. Experts warn that we should replace such creams with those that have a mineral formula.
Therefore, we bring you 5 creams that protect the skin from UV rays and do not harm the environment.
Waterlover Sun Mist cream is a sunscreen that respects marine life and phytoplankton. In collaboration with the Scientific Research Center in Monaco, Biotherm has developed a method for product performance assessments of sunscreen products on corals, which has been recognized by scientific circles and included in the journal Coral Reefs. The study showed that even the highest concentration of filters in Biotherm’s WaterLover Sun Mist products does not affect corals. Its formula has been tested not only on freshwater planktonic organisms, but also on various organisms from freshwater and marine habitats. It is environmentally designed and safe, with 99% biodegradable base formula in a 100% recycled plastic bottle.
With its Live By Blue Beauty program, Biotherm has set ambitious goals by 2030 in 4 key areas: ingredients, formulas, sustainable design and community empowerment.
Bioderma is a dermatological brand based on ecobiology, with the aim of preserving its health.
The #CoralSafe label is found on all Photoderm products that have been tested and that have been shown not to affect aquatic ecosystems, including corals.
Biosolis line for sun protection is completely natural, ecological and does not contain ingredients of animal origin, and it is produced on the basis of mineral filters, Aloe vera and natural oils. Biosolis creams respect nature, protect flora and fauna and, of course, human health.
DM Pro Climate products
Dm has developed products that are not only climate neutral, but are also manufactured with the lowest possible environmental footprint and at the same time compensate for the effects on the environment. Among these products you can find Sundance sunscreens.
To protect plants, fish, seabirds and marine mammals, they do not add Oxybenzone or Ethylhexyl to any of their organic sunscreens.
Now ready and informed you can continue to enjoy your summer days!