Protect Your Skin, Protect the Reef!

Coral Isles is the best Reef Friendly, Oxybenzone-free and Octinoxate-free sunscreen on the market. Coral Isles is a chemical sunscreen (with avobenzone) so it rubs in like a lotion and is non-greasy/ non-fragrant. Chemical Sunscreens work by absorbing the UVA/UVB rays from the sun, while Mineral Sunscreens sit on top of your skin and deflect the rays like a mirror.

Our two main goals are sunscreen/ sun care education and Coral Reef conservation efforts, so we are happy if you use any kind of Reef-Friendly SPF to protect yourself from the sun! Skin cancer is no joke, and neither is Reef Bleaching. In both cases, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

However, be cautious when using a mineral sunscreen: not only is it goopy and whitening, it is easily scraped off since it sits on your skin versus rubbing in. According to Consumer Reports, the SPF on the label of mineral sunscreens is often incorrect. Because of this, Consumer Reports suggests using an avobenzone-based sunscreen. Coral Isles is FDA tested to ensure the SPF protection stated on the label.

Titanium DiOxide is not broad-spectrum, meaning that you are not protected against skin cancer or aging. Zinc (Zinc Oxide) can only go up to SPF 30 and leaves a sediment blanket on the seafloor. Powdered Zinc Oxide is toxic to breathe in. Not to mention: if your sunscreen even says “non-nano”, there are no governing bodies to verify this claim so it could be false. Not good for you or the reef!

Always look at ingredient lists to make sure reef-damaging substances (such as oxybenzone, butylparaben, octinoxate and 4-methylbenzylidine camphor, all of which have been shown to cause coral bleaching even at low levels) aren’t included. Together, we can make a difference!

Cruelty-Free, Oxybenzone Free, Hypoallergenic Coral Isles is the best: protect your skin, protect the reef!