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Beauty Talk | Sunscreens & Reef-Safety


Sunscreen, a.k.a sun cream (the term sunblock is discouraged), is a product that can be applied to the skin to absorb or reflect some of the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) rays/radiations with its photoprotective capabilities. It is used to mainly protect skin from sunburns and skin cancer(s). It comes in different forms and works well with complementing items such as sun hats, UV protectant jackets, etc.

Why is it important to pick the right one?

Sunscreen is important to help us avoid skin cancer, mainly two types: melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. In some scenarios, sunscreen could help to prevent discoloration. It is also widely known that UVA and UVA rays could accelerate the process of generating wrinkles as well as aging. It is also useful for people who have sensitive skin when in contact with UV rays. 

There are essentially two types of sunscreen as of today: chemical and mineral.

Chemical sunscreen agents are absorbed into the skin and may/may not have some health/environmental issues. Some ingredients are oxybenzone, and avobenzone. Some are safe for both our health and the environment, while others are not. So, it’s always nice to check the ingredient list prior to purchasing. (Lucky you, I noted down the ingredients and safety in my reviews!)

Mineral sunscreens agents are usually titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients would physically block the UV rays from entering the skin by deflecting and scattering the UV rays. However, aside from leaving a white cast, these ingredients are less likely to cause irritation to the skin and may be preferred for those with sensitive skin as they do have anti-irritating features. Additionally, nano-sized minerals (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) are not safe for the environment as compared to their microsized counterparts, so be careful with the products that you are choosing!

Perhaps it may help to ease your mind by knowing that there are many reef-safe sunscreens in the market right now. Did you know that sunscreens come in a lot of variants that could lead to different textures, finishing, lasting abilities, and more?  In general, there are a few types of main sunscreen textures: powder, watery, lotion, gel, cream, sprays, and stick (relatively new). 

Every sunscreen is made different and we are here to discover them with you.

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