Hawaii is actually in the process of trying to legislate a ban of oxybenzone by 2018 to help save our reefs, and it would be awesome if it passed. One teaspoon of sunscreen with oxybenzone in it can cause coral bleaching, so you can imagine how much oxybenzone is in our waters considering all of the people on the beaches out there.
When looking for a reef-safe sunscreen, look for sunscreens that contain the ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc. These two chemicals are indeed reef-safe, not to mention human safe too :).
So be a reef-safe grom and ask your parents to buy reef-safe sunscreens. Here are some of our favorite reef-safe sunscreens.
COOLA MINERAL SUNSCREEN
Made with up to 70% organic ingredients, Coola products come in a variety of reef-safe formulas. Most popular for shredders is the MINERAL SPORT SPF 35 CITRUS MIMOSA. It is infused with Omega-3- and 6-rich organic oils such as Hawaii's prized kukui, along with safflower and linseed to soothe skin and balance moisture. Organic coconut oil hydrates with free radical-fighting Vitamin E, as organic arnica extract reduces inflammation.
** Retail $36 for 3 fluid oz.
Badger uses zinc oxide as the only active ingredient in all of their sunscreens. Zinc oxide is a safe mineral that sits on top of your skin, scattering, absorbing, and reflecting UVA and UVB rays before they reach your living cells. Recommended for surfing is the SPF 35 SPORT SUNSCREEN CREAM that uses 94% organic ingredients (also available in a face stick). The company complies with the Leaping Bunny Standard, ensuring that none of their products or ingredients are ever tested on animals.
** Retail $15.99 for 2.9 fluid oz.
ECO FORMULA 30+ is the conscious grom's answer to serious sun protection. All natural and free of all the bad stuff, it is very water resistant beyond 80 minutes, yet so gentle and moisturizing it is easy on the skin. Packed with such healthy organic ingredients such as sunflower oil, green tea, black tea, hemp seed oil, cocoa butter, and all-natural Vitamin E, it continues protecting your skin long after you take the day's last ride.
** Retail $15.19 for 3 fluid oz.