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What is Reef Friendly Sunscreen?

What is Reef Friendly Sunscreen?

"Reef-friendly sunscreen" is a term used to describe sunscreens that are formulated without certain chemicals that have been found to be harmful to coral reefs and marine life. These chemicals include oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been shown to cause bleaching and death in coral reefs. Reef friendly sunscreen typically...

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What Is Avobenzone and Is It Safe In Sunscreen?

What Is Avobenzone and Is It Safe In Sunscreen?

What Is Avobenzone? Avobenzone is a chemical sunscreen ingredient that absorbs ultraviolet (UV) radiation in the UVA spectrum (320-400 nm). It is considered to be one of the most effective UVA filters available in chemical sunscreens. Avobenzone is often used in combination with other sunscreen ingredients, such as octocrylene and...

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Oxybenzone vs Benzene

Oxybenzone vs Benzene

Because the words are similar, you might be confused about the similarities and differences, and if you should be worried about them in your sunscreen. How do they differ? Should you avoid either or both? Oxybenzone and benzene are completely different chemicals. For all it's issues, Oxybenzone IS approved by...

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Benzene Exposure in Sunscreen

Benzene Exposure in Sunscreen

You may have seen the recent news about benzene being found in a long list of sunscreens. The independent testing organization Valisure tested hundreds of sunscreen and after-sun products and found over 25% contained the toxic ingredient, leading to a massive recall of affected brands. The findings were limited almost...

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Mineral Sunscreen vs Chemical Sunscreen

Mineral Sunscreen vs Chemical Sunscreen

People email us to ask all kinds of sunscreen questions, one of the most frequent one we hear is: what’s the difference between mineral sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. Mineral sunscreens utilize minerals zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the only active ingredients. Chemical sunscreens need to use 3-4 or even...

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Is Zinc Oxide Safe?

Is Zinc Oxide Safe?

Zinc oxide has been used in skincare for 1000s of years to treat many forms of skin irritations as well as offers as a skin protection. It’s still used today in sunscreens, diaper creams, calamine lotion, and toothpastes. If you’re wondering if zinc oxide is safe, you’ve come to the...

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