Coral Reef Safe Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin

Key West legislators voted on a bill this past week, with a 6-1 outcome in favor of banning chemicals in sunscreens that are shown to damage coral reef formations. Legislation goes into effect January 1, 2021 in Key West on sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. Hawaii placed a ban on chemical sunscreens last summer due to the concern that coral reef formations are being bleached and baby coral is not growing as it should.

Many parts of Mexico have already banned chemical sunscreens. There are 10 chemicals in popular sunscreens that were banned in Palau, Hawaii as of 2018. The bill was opposed by various companies and even some dermatologists stating they had concerns that people would stop wearing sunscreen all together. The US Geological Survey has called America's coral reefs imperiled natural treasures stating that the limestone structures under the sea are "dying at alarming rates".

This just came in from ABC News Radio: Thursday February 21, 2019 the FDA announced that it has proposed a rule to declare mineral sunscreen ingredients as safe, specifically zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The agency said 12 other chemicals commonly used in sunscreens need more research to determine if they can be officially listed as safe, including oxybenzone and octinoxate. Additionally, the Environmental Working Group, an advocate that works to eliminate dangerous chemicals in products, called this decision a "major win for public health". The EWG stated that chemicals used in sunscreens can be absorbed into the skin and can disrupt hormones, or be inhaled when people use spray sunscreen. Nneke Leiba, the director of EWG's healthy living science program said "the biggest takeaway from this for us that is gratifying that we're seeing an indication that 14 of the 16 ingredients in sunscreens need further study or a not considered as safe". Leiba continued that the FDA proposal would put U.S. regulations more in line with European rules about sunscreen, which she said wouldn't allow 90 percent of the products available in the U.S. Furthermore, sunscreens that are combined with insect repellant would also be listed as unsafe and all sunscreens above 15 SPF would have to include protection against both kinds of UV rays, called broad spectrum protection. The FDA's ruling will be posted for public comment next week. 

Physical Mineral Sunscreens that are crafted with biodegradable ingredients such as natural butters and oils and Non-nano Zinc Oxide are permitted for use in oceans with coral reef formations. As I explain in the video below, our sunscreen is crafted with ingredients safe for babies, children, coral reef and marine life with face care ingredients. Physical Mineral Sunscreens protect against broad spectrum UV rays responsible for sunburns, UV damage and early aging. Contrary to chemicals in sunscreens, Non-nano Zinc Oxide sits on top of your skin reflecting harmful rays instead of soaking into your pores via your bloodstream. Zinc Oxide has been used in diaper rash ointments, skincare, makeup and acne treatments to calm irritation and redness for years, so rest assured it's gentle for your entire family.

A quick story about my own experience with chemical sunscreen: Ten years ago in Cancun, a coral reef tour guide grabbed a popular drugstore sunscreen from my hands and sent me to the gift shop to get their approved sunscreen. I have very sensitive, fair skin that burns quickly, so I panicked when he took it from me. Thankfully, the formula from the gift shop was the best sunscreen I had ever used! I was in the ocean snorkeling the coral reef for 2 hours and never even got pink! This was never the case for me with any other sunblock because I would still get red and burnt even with a ridiculously high SPF within minutes. Plus, I absolutely despised using chemical sunscreens because they feel slimy, smell awful and burn my eyes for hours afterward and they were never actually all that effective. When I got back to the USA, I searched for that fabulous formula from Cancun, but it was not available online or in stores. Thankfully, I kept the bottle for reference and ended up making my own sunscreen with the key ingredient, Zinc Oxide. I have been using it for 9 years with excellent results. It was one of the first products in Sweet Life Spa's launch in 2016. Since then we have sold hundreds of jars of our organic sunscreen online and at outdoor markets we participate in throughout the year. 

Sweet Life Spa's Organic Sunscreens are made to feel like a body butter on your skin and do not leave a heavy white film or oily feeling thanks to this variety of zinc and other high quality ingredients. They have a tropical scent that is Certified Organic without parabens or synthetics, just the plant-based, natural ingredients they are handcrafted with. We offer five beach drink favorites in Passion Punch, Banana Frappe, Strawberry Slush, Pina Colada and Vanilla Latte that anyone would love. We incorporate Certified Organic Beeswax for locking moisture into your skin and for water resistance. It is ethically obtained by beekeepers with 30+ years experience who take great care in not harming their hives while collecting the wax.

Our sunscreen is water-free and super concentrated. We utilize Organic Red Raspberry Seed, Avocado, Hawaiian Kukui Nut, Macadamia Nut and Coconut Oils and Raw Shea Butter that naturally contain added UVB ray protection. These lush ingredients aid in the silky soft feeling of our sun care and benefit our skin with smoothing vitamins and minerals. Another benefit of our Organic "Sweet Sun" Screen SPF 30 is that these ingredients do not sting your eyes and offer 2 hours of protection, not 50 minutes like chemical sunscreens. It will not irritate sensitive skin and takes effect immediately after application, so there's no need to wait for 30 minutes to get in the ocean like with chemical laden sunscreens. We also do not add synthetic retinol, which is a topic for another day! My final question is if the chemicals in sunscreens can bleach coral reef formations, do we really want them on our skin?

Organic "Sweet Sun" Screen | Vanilla Latte

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  • Such good info. Going Hawaii soon and need SPF and looks like I found what I need!

    Melissa Smith

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