For those of you who’ve searched for the perfect face sunscreen, you know all too much about what’s out there: the lackluster, greasy formulas and thick, gloopy textures that often leave a white cast or make our skin a little bit too shiny. But did you know that certain chemical sunscreens, particularly ones that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, can also cause damage to coral reefs?
According to scientist Craig Downs, 14,000 tons of sunscreen can be found in coral reefs every year. “Lots of things kill coral reefs but we know oxybenzone prevents them from coming back.” In fact, this destruction has become such a problem in Hawaii that the state passed a bill banning the sale of any sunscreens that contain the two chemicals. According to the BBC, “The bill states that the chemicals kill developing coral, increase coral bleaching and cause ‘genetic damage to coral and other marine organisms.'”
So what’s a sunseeker to do, especially if they are picky about their sunscreen and if a future vacation involves swimming in the ocean? Turn to Zorah Biocosmetiques! This Canadian organic, environmentally friendly and fair-trade beauty company makes a darn good SPF. Biodef mineral tinted sunscreen is water-resistant, hydrating and tinted — so there’s no white cast. And yes, it’s coral reef safe.
Its creamy formula actually helps to slightly blur out imperfections too. Dry down time isn’t instant, but once fully absorbed, the skin appears smooth and fairly matte. The argan oil in the formula is hydrating too. Plus, it comes with a hygenic pump — no messy squirt bottles here.
WHO IT’S FOR:
Anyone looking for a great facial mineral sunscreen and/or for those who are lucky enough to be swimming or snorkeling in the ocean.