As the long summer days become hotter, we are reminded that sun protection is necessary for happy, healthy skin. Although year-round defense is a must, as the suns beams intensify, we tend to be out and about more enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer.

Many of us head to the beach to partake in popular activities including snorkeling or diving where we explore the mesmerizing surroundings and underwater life. However, most of us don’t realize that the products we have on our skin wash off in the ocean and can disturb — even harm — the delicate coral reef ecosystems. This is a major concern since coral reefs are considered some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world as nearly one million species of fish, invertebrates, and algae are estimated to live in, and around the world’s reefs.

According to the National Park Service U.S Department of the Interior, the impact of sunscreens is detrimental to the health of coral reefs with research showing 4,000-6,000 TONS of sunscreen entering reef areas annually. (1) This activity can lead to “bleaching” of the coral reefs and ultimately a demise of the reef itself.

A study by Environmental Health Perspectives revealed that 4 ingredients commonly used in sunscreens were dangerous to fragile coral reefs. (2) They include:

  • Oxybenzone (benzophenon-3)
  • Butylparaben
  • Oxtinoxate (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate)
  • 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC)

Be Reef Friendly!

When purchasing sun protection products, look for those formulated with natural mineral ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide that are considered “reef friendly” and not harmful to the coral reefs.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals has an array of über-safe, broad-spectrum sun protectants to guard against both UVA and UVB rays. The company’s sun formulas contain Titanium Dioxide and clear Zinc Oxide, shown to also shield against ultraviolet rays. What’s more, the vegan-friendly sun products help prevent signs of aging and are loaded with beneficial skin nutrients, suitable for all skin types.

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Uncover your ideal MyChelle Sun Protection:

  • Skin defense

Sun Shield SPF 28 Unscented is a full-spectrum, non-irritating UVA/UVB sun defense offering powerfully effective protection. Perfect for those with sensitive skin.
Sun Shield_2.3oz

  • Coconut-infused protection

Sun Shield SPF 28 Coconut also delivers full-spectrum, UVA/UVB sun protection along with a delicious, natural coconut scent. A must have for coconut lovers!

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  • Boost up benefits

Try the Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30 to help avert photo-damage, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and maintain moisture levels. This high-level sunscreen protector does it all and is great for those seeking additional sun protection benefits.

Replenishing Solar Defense-2.3oz

  • Moisturize and protect

Use Daily Defense Cream SPF 17 to hydrate the skin along with full-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. This is a preferred sun defense for those with normal to oily skin.

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Sources:

(1) http://cdhc.noaa.gov/_docs/Site%20Bulletin_Sunscreen_final.pdf

(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2291018/