What you need to know about reef safe sunscreen

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By Andrea Tomkins

The dangers of sun burns and the harmful effects of sun exposure has been a mainstay of the summer news and magazine publishing schedules for the past decade, so we’re relatively certain that terra20 fans don’t need a big lecture on why it’s important to wear sunscreen. We’re also not convinced that people heed experts’ advice to stay out of the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Canadians love their sunshine, with good reason. When the cold weather takes up such a big chunk of the year, it’s no wonder we all rush outdoors at the first sign of good weather. That’s why it’s doubly important to protect our skin.

The state of Hawaii recently passed a bill that bans sunscreens containing Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, two chemicals scientists believe are contributing to the declining health of coral reefs around the world. According to this article in the New York Times, an estimated “14,000 tons of sunscreen is believed to be deposited in oceans annually with the greatest damage found in popular reef areas in Hawaii and the Caribbean.”

You’ll be glad to know that products at terra20 do not contain oxybenzone or octinoxate.

Whether you’re planning a beach holiday, or just want to use a product that’s kinder to the environment no matter where you travel, keep terra20 in mind the next time you’re in the market for sunscreen. Here are a few new ones you should definitely try:

 

All Good

All Good Sunscreen Spray

All Good Sport Sunscreen Spray with an SPF of 30 is what you want to bring to the beach for top-ups. Here’s a tip for parents of squirmy kids: if possible, apply sunscreen before arriving at the beach. This way they’re not too antsy or distracted by beach fun. (One year, on a tropical holiday, we applied sunscreen lotion in our hotel room – after the kids stripped down and before they put on their bathing suits. We learned a good lesson that year. This method of sunscreen application totally works. We never missed a spot!) The spray is great for quick and easy application when the kids are going in and out of the water. All Good spray is water resistant for 80 minutes, lightweight, and non-greasy.

 

Green Beaver Facial Sunscreen Lotion  

Green Beaver facial sunscreen

Do you know what the most effective anti-aging solution is? It’s not a five hundred dollar serum or a magic potion; it’s sunscreen! Every beauty routine and daily skin regimen should include a great, broad spectrum sunscreen. Green Beaver Facial Sunscreen Lotion is light in texture and perfect for everyday use. This organic formulation contains a non-whitening mineral tint that protects the skin, as well as Canadian grown raspberry extract that is rich in antioxidants.   

 

Attitude sunscreen

Attitude sun stick

Sunscreen sticks are quite possibly be the best invention since sliced bread. I keep one in a mini-makeup bag in my purse (along with bandages, pain killers, and dental floss) for sunscreen emergencies. They happen more often than one may think! Attitude Mineral Face Stick is perfect for noses, cheeks and foreheads. This EWG Verified product protects and moisturizes. It’s fragrance-free, non-whitening, and goes on smoothly with a dry finish. It comes in a baby version too! View our other Attitude sun products right here.

 

Biosolis  

Biosolis sun milk

You’ve got your sunscreen, but what about if you got a little bit too much sun anyway? Biosolis After Sun Milk offers the healing and revitalizing qualities of Aloe Vera, while organic Calendula and Helianthus oils hydrate and calm skin after a long day at the beach. View our other Biosolis products right here.


Shop all of terra20’s sun and outdoor products right here!

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