Talk about unintended consequences. The sunscreen saving us from becoming lobsters often contains chemicals that wash off into the ocean and threaten corals. Do your part. Use reef-safe sunscreens that are ocean-friendly.
These omit harmful ingredients and use non-nanosize zinc, making the sun-protecting mineral less able to be absorbed by corals.
Here are six reef-safe lotions, sprays, lip balms, and sticks that pass muster. Protect Mother Earth using this trove of ocean-friendly SPF all summer long. And don’t worry: Just because they’re gentle on the ocean doesn’t mean they’re any less effective at safeguarding your skin.