By Morwenna Kearns
Sunscreens can be really bad for marine life, so much so that Hawaii has passed a bill banning suncare products containing certain chemicals, specifically oxybenzone and octinoxate. Coral reefs and fish are having a hard enough time of it already (see: plastic pollution, ugh) so let's all choose natural sunscreens, hey? Containing biodegradable chemicals like zinc oxide and titanium oxide that scatter and reflect UVA and UVB rays (which are easier to spell too...), these brands' formulations protect wildlife as much as your skin.
The new range of vegan sun milks, sun sprays (up to UVB 50) and lip balm from Eco Cosmetics contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to protect your skin, combined with lovely soothing botanicals like pomegranate and raspberry. The brand also has an SPF 30 sun cream developed specifically for tattoos.
Alongside those handy titanium and zinc oxides, Organii has added karanja oil to its sun milks, facial sun cream and after-sun lotion, all of which are organic and suitable for sensitive skin.
Green People has a good range of sun protection products including sun lotions and after-suns developed for children. There's also an SPF 15 sun cream with natural tan accelerator. The brand says its ingredients are safe for coral and fishes and gives a donation to the Marine Conservation Society for each bottle of sun care too. Check out natural ingredients like edelweiss and myrrh in its products, also available in a new starter pack.
If you live in south California you need to know about sun protection. Bare Republic is a Cali brand that uses zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to physically protect skin from those rays in its vegan-friendly mineral sunscreens.
Odylique's natural sunscreen contains our old friend zinc oxide, as well as 75 per cent organic ingredients and Fair-trade raw shea butter.
Éminence Organic Skincare
Don't forget your lips! This is a very sensitive bit of your body – can you imagine how much sunburn would hurt? – yet it's often overlooked. Luckily there are lots of lip balms out there with sun protection power, such as the Rosehip & Lemongrass salve from Éminence. It gets its natural SPF 15 power from zinc oxide with organic olive oil, reship oil and comfrey to moisturise.
Unfortunately The Sunblock from Lush – which actually comes in a solid block (pun alert, people!) – contains butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (AKA Avobenzone), which as well as being a bit of a mouthful is also slightly dubious. It's a pity, because switching from plastic bottles of liquid to solid blocks certainly has its environmental good points.