Is Your SPF Reef Safe?

by | 14 December 2018

Summer is officially here in Australia and New Zealand, which for a lot of us means we get to enjoy our world-class beaches. When you purchase your next bottle of SPF (which we know you’d never go in the sun without!), make sure you check it’s reef safe! Not sure what that means? We’ll break it down for you.

Two common sunscreen ingredients, oxybenzone and octinoxate, have been found to bleach, cause deformities & DNA damage and ultimately death in coral when products containing them are washed off skin into the ocean or via wastewater. Hawaii actually managed to successfully ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and/or octinoxate earlier this year in an effort to protect their coral reefs (thanks for the info, CNN). This is just another reason to check that ingredient list and be aware of what you’re putting onto your skin and into our environment.

We’re happy to report that dermaviduals’ Suncreams SPF 15 & 30 don’t contain either of these ingredients. They contain the following sun protection filters:

  • Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (UV-B filter)
  • Octocrylene (UV-B filter)
  • Titanium dioxide (physical filter)
  • Bisethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine (UV-A/UV-B filter)
  • Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (UV-A filter)

Exposure to UVA and UVB both contribute to premature skin ageing, sunburn, melanoma and other skin cancers. UVA penetrates deeply into the dermis causing genetic damage to cells, photo-ageing (think wrinkles & blotchiness) and immune-suppression.

UVB penetrates into the epidermis causing damage to the cells. It is responsible for sunburn – a significant risk factor for skin cancer, especially melanoma.

What have you got planned this summer? Let us know in our new comments section below! Whatever you’re up to, enjoy! And you know the drill, cover up where possible, wear your hat & sunnies and regularly reapply your (reef safe) SPF!

Find your closest dermaviduals clinic here to get your hands on our SPF to stay protected!