Safe Sunscreens for Your Body and the Environment

We all now know the importance of protecting our skin and our environment, so this summer make a conscious decision to use safe sunscreens. Even if a sunscreen label says it is natural, that does not mean it’s biodegradable, and some sunscreens claiming to be biodegradable are still not reef-friendly. Many scientific studies are coming out to prove that most commercial sunscreens are bad for the reef as well as bad for your health too. If you are interested in learning more, National Geographic has a great article about the effects of sunscreen on coral reef.

John and Gregg admitted to me that they never had thought about their sunscreen in reference to the reef.  However, they were aware of the negative effects that the heavy chemicals in most commercial sunscreens have on our skin. Our skin is our largest organ so it is of great importance that we take the necessary steps to keep it healthy to keep that youthful glow at every age. Another important thing to remember is to wear sunscreen every day! Sunscreen is now not just a summer health and beauty staple, it is a must for all seasons. Harmful UVA and UVB rays can fight their way through an overcast day in the dead of winter and if you are not protecting your skin you leave yourself susceptible to aging your skin much faster and, most important, to fall prey to  skin cancer.

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1. Smart Shield Sunscreen Lotion – This is a great Marine-Friendly and oil- free formula with aloe vera to soothe the skin for all day, everyday use! The reef and its inhabiters will thank you!

2.La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer – SPF 15 – Lightweight and oil-free, this moisturizer is great for those who are sensitive to products with a fragrance and/or those whose skin tends to be on the drier side. Winner of numerous beauty awards including Allure and Instyle.

3. Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient – Mineral protection – natural technology for ultimate sun protection and skin care benefits. Fast-absorbing and packed with rich, natural antioxidant ingredients such as green tea and vitamin e!

4. Murad Oil-Free Sunblock Sheer Tint SPF 15 – Protects skin from sun damage and evens out skin tone providing a dewy light coverage. Also a great option for sensitive skin!

5. Kiss My Face Oat Protein Sun Screen – The oat ingredients helps to reduce skin irritation and inflammation. Many customers rave about the lightweight and non-sticky formula.

Wearing sunscreen each day does not mean having to look greasy; just apply a light daily moisturizer  making sure it has at least SPF15 in it. Whether you are preventing wrinkles, sun spots, or skin cancer, there are so many reason why we must use sunscreen religiously every day of the year.

Whether at work on one of their sustainable projects, capturing the sun or just capturing rays during play, John and Gregg always make sure to protect their skin.

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John and Gregg discovered Smart Shield as it is the only product aboard their good friend’s boat in the Cayman Islands.

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Gregg making sure all the marine life and his skin is protected! Good thing he was wearing Smart Shield!

One Response to “Safe Sunscreens for Your Body and the Environment”

  1. GeeDub June 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Good to know!

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