Summer is here. And what better way to celebrate summer than spending time at the beach! We bet you can already feel your toes in the sand, the warm sun on your face and the cool ocean waves lapping at the shore. Most savvy beachcombers know how important it is to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun and are already reaching for the sunscreen. What you might not realize is that all sun protectants are not created equal.

According to the National Park Service, 4,000 to 6,000 tons of sunscreen enters our reef areas annually – and it is literally killing our reefs. Some of the chemicals commonly found in sunscreen – especially oxybenzone and octinoxate – break down coral, causing it to lose nutrients and die or inhibit its ability to reproduce. While these chemicals can be effective in protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays that cause sunburn, is it worth killing our ocean reefs?

Reef-Safe Sun Protection

Most of us have become accustomed to selecting our sunscreen products according to their SPF rating (how long the protection will last) and how resistant to water they are (how often you need to reapply). Now there’s a third aspect to consider – how safe is it for our environment.

The State of Hawaii became the first to officially ban all sunscreens containing the two ingredients that are most harmful to coral reefs. It is almost certain they won’t be alone, as Florida, the Virgin Islands, and Mexico have already begun promoting the use of ‘safe’ sunscreens. While many sunscreen companies are scrambling to reformulate and find substitute ingredients that are comparably effective, there are others who have already cracked the code.

Coola Suncare & Image Skincare

Elements Day Spas carries two wonderful lines of sun protectants that do not include either of the two chemicals identified as being harmful to our coral reefs – Coola Suncare and Image Skincare. They provide a healthy sunscreen option people love to wear.

Coola brand skincare products use as many organic and natural ingredients as possible while still providing the advantages and protections of chemical-based products. They incorporate a Farm-to-Face sourcing philosophy which means they use the freshest, most natural ingredients. In addition, they formulate with Plant Protection, which means they can achieve broad-spectrum protection with fewer traditional – or chemical – actives. Coola products are recommended by the American Cancer Society, Skin Care Foundation, CDC, and the FDA.

For those of you who love Image Skincare, their Hydrating SPF 30 Protectants (both moisturizing and tinting formulas), as well as their Hydrating Body Spray with SPF 30, is also free of the two chemicals so harmful to our reefs. Ultra-sheer and lightweight, they are mineral-based and deliver both UVA and UVB protection – without leaving a white caste or residue on your skin. In addition, they are also free of parabens.

Better For Your Skin, Better For The Environment

While we should all be wearing sunscreen, make sure the ones you choose aren’t harmful to our oceans and reefs. Before your next tropical vacation or day trip to your favorite beach, be sure to pick up the products that will protect your skin and the world we live in. As a result, the world’s treasured coral reefs and the dynamic colorful life they support will be able to sustain themselves for generations to come.

To learn more about our full line of luxury sun care products from Coola and Image Skincare, call or contact us online today. The expert staff at Elements Day Spas will be happy to advise you n fantastic products and skin care treatments to keep your skin protected and radiant.