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Reef Safe Sunscreens

Protect your skin and the reefs with our curated collection of oxybenzone and octinoxate-free SPF. These reef-safe sunscreens comply with Hawaii's legislation banning the sale of sunscreens containing these harmful ingredients. Instead, they use mineral active ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for effective, eco-friendly sun protection.

Choose from our range of trusted brands offering sheer, water-resistant, and sensitive skin formulas. Whether you're hitting the beach in Hawaii or anywhere else in the world, these reef-safe sunscreens are the perfect choice for protecting both your skin and the delicate marine ecosystems. Find coral reef safe sunscreen spray, stick, and lotion sunscreens.

 
 
 
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Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36

Alastin

Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36

$24.00 - $76.00

Pavise Dynamic Age Defense SPF 30

Pavise

Pavise Dynamic Age Defense SPF 30

$128.00 - $148.00

EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 Tinted
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EltaMD

EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 Tinted

$34.40 Regular price $43.00

Derma Made SPF 50 Tinted Moisturizer
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Derma Made

Derma Made SPF 50 Tinted Moisturizer

$34.00 Regular price $68.00

Pavise Lip Defense SPF 30

Pavise

Pavise Lip Defense SPF 30

$58.00

EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47
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EltaMD

EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47

$28.80 Regular price $36.00

EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40
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EltaMD

EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40

$32.80 Regular price $41.00

PCA Skin Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45

PCA Skin

PCA Skin Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45

$54.00

ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50+

ISDIN

ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50+

$70.00

ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

ISDIN

ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

$75.00

EltaMD UV AOX Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 50
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EltaMD

EltaMD UV AOX Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 50

$36.00 Regular price $45.00

Alastin Silk Shield All Mineral SPF30

Alastin

Alastin Silk Shield All Mineral SPF30

$18.00 - $62.00

EltaMD UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44
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EltaMD

EltaMD UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44

$32.00 Regular price $40.00

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield Flex SPF 50

Colorescience

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield Flex SPF 50

$54.00

EltaMD UV Restore Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 Tinted
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EltaMD

EltaMD UV Restore Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 Tinted

$13.60 - $37.60 Regular price $17.00

Revision Skincare 原创 Intellishade SPF 45 有色保湿霜

Revision

Revision Skincare 原创 Intellishade SPF 45 有色保湿霜

$84.00 - $264.00

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

$42.00 - $72.00

Neocutis JOURNEE FIRM - Revitalizing & Refining Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Neocutis

Neocutis JOURNEE FIRM - Revitalizing & Refining Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

$93.00 - $209.00

Colorescience Total Protection™ No-Show™ Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Colorescience

Colorescience Total Protection™ No-Show™ Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

$45.00 - $66.00

EltaMD UV Active Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
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EltaMD

EltaMD UV Active Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

$30.40 Regular price $38.00

Revision Skincare Intellishade Matte SPF 45

Revision

Revision Skincare Intellishade Matte SPF 45

$84.00 - $150.00

Replenix Tinted Mattifying Face Sunscreen SPF 30
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Replenix

Replenix Tinted Mattifying Face Sunscreen SPF 30

$44.00

PCA Skin Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45

PCA Skin

PCA Skin Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45

$48.00

Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35

Colorescience

Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35

$79.00


Why Oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3) is not safe for Coral Reefs

Oxybenzone, also known as Benzophenone-3, has been shown to cause coral bleaching even at low concentrations. When this chemical is introduced into the marine environment, it can disrupt coral reproduction, cause coral bleaching, and damage the DNA of corals, ultimately leading to their death. Oxybenzone is also harmful to other marine organisms like algae, fish, and marine mammals.

Why Octinoxate is Banned in Hawaii?

Octinoxate, also known as Octyl methoxycinnamate, is another common sunscreen ingredient that poses a threat to coral reefs. Like oxybenzone, octinoxate has been linked to coral bleaching and can disrupt the development and reproduction of various marine species. It can cause damage to the coral's DNA and negatively impact the resilience of coral reefs to climate change.

Why Use Coral Reef Safe SPF?

When you swim in the ocean with sunscreen on, some of it inevitably washes off your skin and enters the water. Chemical sunscreens, particularly those containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, are oil-soluble, meaning they don't dissolve in water. Instead, they can accumulate in the ocean and build up over time. These chemicals can have devastating effects on coral reefs.

Oxybenzone and octinoxate can cause coral bleaching, a phenomenon where corals expel the colorful algae (zooxanthellae) living in their tissues, turning the corals white. This happens because these chemicals disrupt the symbiotic relationship between the coral and the algae, which is crucial for the coral's survival. The algae provide the coral with essential nutrients through photosynthesis, and without them, the coral can starve. Additionally, oxybenzone and octinoxate can damage the DNA of corals, impair their reproduction and development, and weaken their resilience to stressors like climate change. This can lead to the death of coral reefs, which are vital ecosystems that support a vast array of marine life and protect coastlines from erosion and storms.