Holy fuck cakes! Trying to pick a non toxic sunscreen that is also reef safe seems OVERWHELMING! Luckily, the Environmental Working Group has created an app that makes purchasing non toxic sunscreens a breeze. If you wanna see how to app works head over to our insta page @ZENAFSTUDIO for some video demonstrations. Otherwise, you can get the app by searching “EWG’s Healthy living”.
Before we jump in let me say this- daily sun exposure is important for Vitamin D, as it provides many health benefits (this legit deserves its own blog post). I wear sunscreen on my face, neck and hands daily to prevent collagen breakdown and signs of aging. I only wear sunscreen on my entire body if I think I am at risk of burning, for me that’s several hours at the beach or in direct sunlight.
Let’s talk sunscreen
Basically, there are some scary ass brands out there that have aerosolized poison for you to rub into your skin (banana boat). Not only are sunscreens full of toxic chemicals that are harmful for you and your growing babies, but it is also bleaching our coral reefs.
To address the dying reefs, Palau was the first country to ban sunscreens that are toxic to coral reefs. Hawaii and Key West Florida are expected to follow suit come 2021. So get on board in 2019 and grab a better choice for sunscreen.
When reading the ingredient list, oxybenzone is the suspected culprit that bleaches the coral reefs and killing them. Oxybenzone can also be found in household products, so protecting the reefs in the ocean not only means choosing non toxic sunscreen but also not flushing harmful chemicals into our water system….. But that’s another blog post !
If you want to read more on how the reefs are being affected by sunscreen check out this article.
Save the reefs, got it. Now what about saving me too?
There are chemicals in sunscreen that are considered cancer causing agents as well as endocrine disruptors.
Time out… what the fuck is an endocrine disruptor and why do I care?
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals which can be inside plastic, skin care or house hold products for example. They are absorbed by the body and throw off your endocrine system, which is the part of your body that largely regulates your hormones. Endocrine disruptors are often found in chemical sunscreens and can lead to infertility, birth defects, cancerous tumors and much more.
Chemical sunscreens work by using harmful ingredients that get absorbed by your skin and through a chemical reaction block UV rays. They generally are NOT reef safe and not human safe. Physical sunscreens on the other hand, commonly known as mineral sunscreens, contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These work to reflect UV rays, preventing sunburns and keeping the coral safe. It is best to use a non nano zinc, these zinc particles are larger and not easily absorbed by the skin.
Oxybenzone is the most common chemical used which can cause low sperm count and hormone issues in women. The EWG has listed soooooo many awesome sunscreens that use reef safe non nano zinc. So ditch the coppertone and banana boat and check out the EWGs full list of non toxic brands to try.
Ok fine, I don’t want to die or have fucked hormones, so what sunscreen should I try??
CLICK HERE for the two sunscreens that are reef safe, non toxic and rate a 1 or 2 on the EWG healthy living app. These are the ones my white freckly ass wore all day at the beach without getting burned.
Stay Zen and don’t get burned,