Top 3 Vegan Sunscreens - Environmentally Friendly and Reef Safe

In the beauty world, to save your face and prevent fine lines, wrinkles and skin cancer; we constantly are reminded to wear sunscreen. However, in the vegan world; we not only seek sunscreen that’s cruelty free; with zero animal ingredients. We look for sunscreens not leaving a negative impact on our ocean and the sea life.

On a recent visit to Maui, I learned tourists including myself were uneducated on devastating effects sunscreen had on coral reefs.   

So am passing these tips onto you. Avoiding these ingredients in sunscreens will save sea life:

- Oxybenzone

- Butylparaben,

- Octinoxate, and

- 4-methylbenzylidene camphor.   

 Justin Worland of TIME magazine published an article in 2015 detailing the severity of how sunscreen chemicals impact the death of coral.  This study in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology  discovered the chemical oxybenzone created toxic effects on young coral, causing endocrine disruption, DNA damage and coral death.  Worland states somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 tons of sunscreen enters coral reef areas around the world each year, according to the U.S. National Park Service. That’s a lot of sunscreen considering how little it takes to cause toxic effects. According to the new research, toxicity occurs at a concentration of 62 parts per trillion. That’s the equivalent of a drop of water in an Olympic swimming pool, according to study author Omri Bronstein, a researcher at Tel Aviv University.

Sunscreens with titanium oxide or zinc oxide have not been found to harm reefs, according to the National Park Service.   

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Protection: SPF 25, Broad Spectrum

Features & Certifications: Organic Sunscreen Natural Biodegradable Minerals. No Titanium Dioxide Non-Nano Zinc. Infused Vitamin D Nutrients. Gentle for Kids and Adults. Made in USA. Cruelty Free and Vegan. 

Look & Feel: it’s moisturizing, yet non-greasy, quick-absorbing, water resistant, contains 25 SPF, with 94% UV absorption. Perfect for daily use, never sacrificing the healthy Vitamin D your body requires.

Best for: All skin types

 Sun Tegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen  $45

Protection: SPF 30, Protects against UVA/UVB Damage

Features & Certifications: Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Protection - Protects against UVA/UVB Damage, Cruelty-free and Vegan

Look & Feel: Non greasy and smooth application

Best for: All skin types, those dealing with redness.

Kypris Heliotropic SPF 30 $68

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum

Features & Certifications: Offers Gentle, Yet Effective Protection From UVA & UVB, Vegan and Cruelty Free. All Formulations Are 100% Natural And Nature-Derived, Scented & Preserved With Essential Oils + Plant Extracts, Packaged In Glass, & Never Tested On Animals

Look & Feel: A Non-Whitening Formula That Plays Well With Other Kypris Skin Care + Makeup; Free From Essential Oils To Accommodate Reactive, Sensitive Skin With Its Calming, Soothing, & Non-Irritating Effects

 Best for: Most Skin Types. Gluten free, Paraben free, Sulfate free, Cruelty free