It goes without saying that being out on the water without sunscreen is a bad idea. Now, you might think that any old sunscreen might work, but have you considered the effect your sunscreen might have on the fish and coral reefs once it washes off?
Some sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a chemical that has been linked to damaging coral larvae and disrupting the development of fish. The best sunscreen for being out on the water would be a mineral sunscreen that is oxybenzone-free to protect sensitive coral and fish species.
The sunscreens from Badger are mineral based, they sit on top of the skin and reflect UV rays before they reach your skin. This is in comparison to chemical sunscreens, which soak into your skin and absorb UV rays before they can do damage. Using mineral sunscreens means no chemicals are absorbed into your skin, although they do need to be reapplied more often.
Badger sunscreens are made with just five ingredients, the active one being zinc oxide; they’re also not tested on animals and are certified noncomedogenic and biodegradable. With a minimal number of ingredients, it is hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin. Badger was featured in Consumer Reports’ 2019 list of top sunscreens.
If you want to stay protected from the sun and do your part to preserve sea life, check out the sunscreens from badger at Badger Balm. Tubes sell for $15.99.