ALL good Sunscreens: Save your skin & save the planet!

ALL good Sunscreens: Save your skin & save the planet!

Years ago, my family and I went to an eco-resort in Quintana Roo, Mexico. I was about to jump into the crystal clear lagoon until I saw signs everywhere that said, “No Sunscreen”.  Signs also advocated that we shower before entering the ecopreserve’s water areas with tropical fish swimming around. I think this was the first time in my life that I had been told that sunscreen was a problem to marine life. I’ve been to Tahiti, Great Barrier Reef, Caribbean, etc. and not ONCE did it occur to me that sunscreen was a problem. It made sense, so I complied and then really began to think about all of the times I lathered up and jumped into the ocean. Yikes, what have I done?

After doing a little research on, I found that besides washing off swimmers’ skin and into the water, sunscreen can get into the sea by other means. Many sunscreen ingredients are readily absorbed through the skin. Oxybenzone, one of the most common ultraviolet-blocking chemicals in sunscreen, for example, can be detected in urine within 30 minutes of application. When you flush the toilet or wash off sunscreen in the shower, chemicals from the lotion enter the sewer. For towns near coral reefs and without sophisticated sewage treatment and management systems, this pollution is rather inevitable.*

Oxybenzone is toxic to more than just corals. It’s toxic to algae, sea urchins, fish and mammals. It inhibits embryonic development in sea urchins. It can result in gender shifts in fish, in which male fish take on female attributes, while females have reduced egg production and embryo hatchings. *

Ack! Ok, so this oxybenzone crap is horrific to our reefs and ecosystem, so what on earth is it doing to US?

The Environmental Working Group says 56% of beach and sport sunscreens contain the chemical oxybenzone. The primary function of oxybenzone is to absorb ultraviolet light, and we know oxybenzone can be absorbed through the skin. The Environmental Working Group and other toxicology experts believe that oxybenzone is linked to hormone disruption and potentially to cell damage that may lead to skin cancer. Well, that certainly defeats the purpose of sunscreen!

Other than wearing full body clothing coverage, what’s a girl to do?

Thankfully ALL good Sunscreen products offer the perfect solution for both skin protection and reef protection. ALL good makes organic body care products that not only offer soothing natural benefits of botanical ingredients, but offer a full line of Reef Friendly Sunscreen products.
ALL good makes wonderful sunscreen sprays, lotions, butter sticks and lip treatments so you can safely be covered from head to toe.
The primary sun-blocking element is Non-Nano Zinc, which is mineral zinc oxide that is too big to be cause reef damage.
The kid’s line uses organic chamomile for gently soothing little ones’ sensitive skin!

I love ALL good’s easy #ReefFriendly Critera – Does YOUR sunscreen offer this?

 NO to Chemical Suncreens & the Awful Eight

Most chemical sunscreens have one or more of the following actve ingredients that are toxic to our coral reefs and marine ecosystems:
  • 1. Oxybenzone
  • 2. Octinoxate
  • 3. Octocrylene
  • 4. PABA (Aminobenzoic Acid)
  • 5. Enzacamene
  • 6. Octisalate
  • 7. Homosalate
  • 8. Avobenzone

NO to Toxic Preservatives and Additives

Parabens, Pthalates, Triclosan, Microbeads (plastic)

YES to Zinc Oxide:

Non Nanoparticle Zinc Oxide offers the most effective UVA/UVB broad spectrum sun protection in the world. The key word here is Non-NANO. Nano sized particles of zinc or titanium dioxide are microscopic, can be consumed or absorbed by marine life and disruptive to reef growth processes.

ALL good also uses testing verification by a third party laboratory! Many companies say they are organic and safe, but are they really?

To shop the ALL good product line of sunscreens and body care products, click here. 

Reference: Craig Downs, PhD. – Alert Diver

I met the wonderful people behind this campaign at Expo West 2017 In Los Angeles. This post has been compensated either in the form of payment or product, or a combination of both.

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