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Reef-friendly SPF’s for summer

Reef-friendly SPF’s for summer
Holly James
Beauty Writer3 days ago
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SPF is something that we should all be applying on a daily basis with no excuses. Broad spectrum SPFs not only protect the skin from premature ageing, but shield it from skin damage that can lead to more serious concerns such as skin cancer. However, not all sun creams are equal when it comes to protecting both your skin and the planet, with some ingredients traditionally found in sun creams and lotions not only causing irritation, but damaging the oceans' coral reefs.


What Does SPF Mean?

Learn more about SPF and how products with SPF and broad-spectrum protection look after your skin during sun exposure, as well as our favourite SPF products.

6 months agoBy Hollie Bradbury

Ingredients to avoid:

  • Oxybenzone - an allergen and irritant to most skin types, this harmful ingredient can disrupt the natural hormone production in both humans and coral reefs.
  • Octinoxate - this is absorbed into the body and can disrupt hormone levels as well as bleaching coral, causing damage to the reefs.
  • Avobenzone - this may cause irritation to the eyes and can increase the damage of free-radicals on the skin.

We have picked out some of the best sea and skin safe sun creams on LOOKFANTASTIC. Enriched with protective, mineral rich formulas that aren't as damaging for our oceans, these weightless and water-based products will keep your skin glowing and our coral reefs thriving.

  • 1.Lancaster Sun Sensitive Oil-Free Body Sun Protection Cream SPF50

    Lancaster Sun Sensitive Oil-Free Body Sun Protection Cream SPF50
    Made with titanium dioxide, the Lancaster Sun Sensitive Body SPF50 is an oil-free sun cream that offers high protection without the risk of irritation. A natural alternative to chemical blockers, titanium dioxide offers both UVA and UVB protection and is suitable for sensitive skin. The Sunsicalm Complex in this sun cream also ensures that skin is kept soothed and clamed, offering a milky texture that absorbs quickly into the complexion.
  • 2.Avène Very High Protection Anti-Ageing SPF50+ Sun Cream for Sensitive Skin

    Avène Very High Protection Anti-Ageing SPF50+ Sun Cream for Sensitive Skin
    4.5 Stars 4 Reviews
    Ideal for maturing skin, this High Protection Sun Cream by Avène offers a non-irritating formula that protects the skin from sun damage as well as the visible signs of ageing. Made with titanium oxide as part of their SunSitive® complex, the cream offers broad spectrum protection, shielding against free-radicals in the environment too. Containing no nasties, the high-SPF formula won't harm either your skin or coral reefs.  
  • 3.NUXE Sun Face and Body Delicious Lotion SPF 30

    NUXE Sun Face and Body Delicious Lotion SPF 30
    5 Stars 2 Reviews
    Free from Alcohol, parabens and non-comedogenic, the NUXE Sun Face and Body Delicious Lotion SPF 30 is enriched with natural flower waters and SPF 30 that care for and protect the skin from the sun. The water-resistant formula absorbs quickly into the skin without any greasy residue, leaving behind a delicious, fruity scent without any irritation.
  • 4.COOLA Spray SPF50

    COOLA Spray SPF50
    If you're looking for easy application on the go this summer, the COOLA Spray SPF50 is quick to apply in a handy spray bottle and will keep you protected from both UVA and UVB rays. Designed for long-wear, the formula is water-resistant and rich in natural anti-oxidants that also keep the skin protected from environmental aggressors. The fragrance-free blend won't irritate the skin and contains no harmful ingredients that could damage sea life.
  • 5.Bioderma Photoderm Light Sunscreen Spray SPF50+

    Bioderma Photoderm Light Sunscreen Spray SPF50+
    4.33 Stars 3 Reviews
    Free from fragrance and parabens and suitable for even the most sensitive skin types, the Bioderma Photoderm Light Sunscreen Spray SPF50+ is a lightweight formula made up of nourishing ingredients that keep the skin soothed and protected. Their Cellular BIOprotection® Complex creates a hydrating and waterproof veil mist over the complexion, creating a barrier against UVA and UVB rays as well as environmental damage. The handy spray doesn't leave behind any greasy feel or white marks on the skin.
Holly James
Beauty Writer
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Working with brands at LOOKFANTASTIC for over two years I have developed my knowledge of all things beauty from key skincare concerns to niche makeup tricks and haircare hacks. I have a major passion for finding effective solutions that are easily accessible to everyone so that we can all achieve our best, glowing complexion.