With temperatures on the rise around Australia, and beaches beckoning, it’s time to dive into the ocean. Help protect the marine environment you’re splashing about in with reef-friendly sunscreens courtesy of Aussie-owned People4Ocean Sun Care.
Sunscreen is the world’s must-have (and top anti-ageing) item. Whether you’re heading to the beach or walking to the office, it should be a major component of your daily skincare routine. But did you know, that over time, chemicals in many sunscreens pose risks to our own skin health? More than this, 97 per cent of sunscreens on the market contain coral-killing ingredients. In particular Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, both of which were recently banned in Hawaii in an effort to protect coral reefs.
“Coral reefs worldwide have been in decline for as long as we can remember,” says Louise Laing, marine scientist and co-founder of reef-friendly sunscreen company People4Ocean. “In the past 50 years, climate change, land clearance, pollution and overfishing have wiped out 50 per cent of reefs globally. Today, sunscreen pollution is also part of the problem.”
Chemical UV-filters contained in the vast majority of sunscreens have been linked to coral death and disease, with impacts from hormonal disruption to coral bleaching, DNA damage and paralysis of the coral larvae. Overall, corals exposed to sunscreen chemicals are more sensitive to other stressors, such as climate change, as a result. This is not only concerning for the future of popular reefs worldwide, but also for us.
“Your skin is your largest organ, acting as a protective barrier from external stressors,” says Louise. “It deserves optimal protection, particularly when it comes to UV stress. Sunscreen ingredients should not only protect, but also prepare and repair skin from sun stress. This is why the presence of skin-irritants and harsh chemicals in most sunscreen formulations is counterproductive, in our view.”
Healthy skin, healthy reef
All People4Ocean products are cruelty-free, toxin-free, reef safe and Australian made, using recyclable low-carbon bioresin packaging. Products are created using solar energy and sustainable practices in collaboration with a luxury spa brand, combining mineral actives and skin-loving botanicals (think grapeseed, jojoba, safflower, lavender, patchouli and geranium oils as well as cucumber and carrot extracts) to naturally protect and nourish the most sensitive skins. A percentage of product sales is donated toward the brand’s #coralfullworld projects aiming to restore and protect endangered reefs worldwide.
People4Ocean reef-friendly sunscreen & must haves
SPF50+ Sunscreen Sport
(1L), RRP $135
Broad spectrum and water-resistant, this is ideal for splashing about in the sea, as well as outdoor activities that require high and long-lasting UVA/UVB protection.
SPF30 Sunscreen Nourish
(200ml), RRP $49
This creamy and nourishing reef-friendly sunscreen provides high protection while promoting a healthy glow and enhancing the skin’s natural defence against sun stress.
SPF50+ Sunscreen Vegan
(100ml), RRP $29.95
This lightweight, gentle cream provides high UVA/UVB protection for the most fragile skin types, including kids, infused with light essential oils to moisturise.
After Sun Solution 3-in-1
(200ml), RRP $42.95
Excess sun exposure, or irritated skin after shaving or waxing? This revitalising aloe-infused gel can be used on your body or face to reduce inflammation.
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