Organic cosmetics have long been a trend. But often, when choosing a cream, mask or serum, we think more about ourselves – whether they will be harmful to the skin and the body. And here cosmetologists and beauty experts advise to leave excessive suspiciousness: all products that appear on sale are thoroughly checked and tested. Essentially, there is nothing to worry about. It is much more important to think about nature: eco-activists, for example, advise paying attention to products with SPF. Some formulations (if applied to the skin and then go swimming in the sea or ocean) can be dangerous to the inhabitants of the water, especially the coral reefs.
According to UN forecasts, coral reefs are shrinking by almost 30% every year. But all life on the planet, including people, depends on them. According to the Wild for Life Report, coral reef fish are the main source of food for half a billion people in the world; also, coral reefs cleanse coastal waters from pollution and are natural barriers to storms and natural disasters; and finally, medicines and vitamins are produced from some organisms in coral reefs.
On the other hand, we certainly cannot do without solar protection. It is dangerous and unhealthy. What to do? Read SPF formulations! The Spanish edition of ELLE has already published an article on which ingredients should definitely be avoided.
Here are the ingredients that are harmful to the ocean in beauty products:
- Aminobenzoic Acid (Aminobenzoic Acid or PABA)
- Octyl salicylate (Octisalate)
If you find them in your sun creams, do not throw them away (we are for conscious consumption!). Just, for example, use them for the city or sunbathing by the pool. And before going to the sea and the ocean, buy creams and lotions with a more gentle formulation, or labeled ocean-safe or reef-safe.
Sustainable SPF products
Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30, REN
Clean Screen Mineral, REN is a mineral face treatment with ingredients that are harmless to the skin and nature. Among the main ones is zinc oxide, which provides a wide sector of protection from all types of rays – UVA, UVB and blue light of gadgets; passion fruit extract, which supports the skin’s natural defenses against free radicals; as well as rice starch, which has a matting effect. The cream is suitable even for very sensitive skin, it can also be used by children from three years old. And as a bonus, a bottle made from 50% recycled plastic.
Price: 3900 rub.
Anthelios SPF 50, La Roche Posay
The Anthelios, La Roche Posay line released this year SPF 50 face and body milk in more environmentally friendly packaging (45% less plastic). The composition is also as organic as possible, without silicones, fragrances and compounds harmful to marine inhabitants. The high degree of protection of the product is also pleasing. Plus it has a nice and non-sticky texture.
Price: 1844 rub.
Photoderm Nude Touch SPF 50, Bioderma
Photoderm Nude Touch SPF 50, Bioderma – mattifying fluid for oily and combination skin. Its formula consists of 100% mineral filters that reliably protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays, and a special Liquid-to-powder technology will provide an even matte complexion (and the shade will last up to 8 hours). Ideal for a no-makeup effect.
Price: 1110 rub.
Protect + Hydrate SPF 50, Yoghurt, Korres
The Yoghurt, Korres line is the brand’s bestseller. And Protect + Hydrate SPF 50 face cream is also good – it protects from the sun and moisturizes the skin. But the main thing is that there are no harmful components in it, but there is a caring mix of yogurt and panthenol.
Price: 1200 rub.
Eue Thermale SPF 50, Avéne
You can definitely trust Avéne! Some time ago, representatives of the brand launched a charity project to restore corals in Indonesia, and in 2017, on their initiative, about 2 thousand corals were transplanted in Bali. It is clear that the brand’s products also meet all eco standards. We especially love the SPF 50 Thermal Facial Sunscreen Spray.
Price: 1670 rub.
Fluide Solaire Mineral SPF 30, Сlarins
The Clarins brand also contributes to the world’s oceans. Moreover, in January 2018, Prince Albert II of Monaco awarded Olivier Courten-Clarence the Order of Saint Charles for the company’s contribution to the protection of the world’s oceans. In the sunscreen line, we advise you to pay attention to the bestsellers and new items. For example, among the latest products from the brand is the Mineral Visage SPF 30 fluid for sensitive or particularly sun-exposed areas of the face and body with 100% mineral filters.
Price: 2390 rub.
Bio Beauté by Nuxe
The Bio Beauté by Nuxe sun protection line uses 100% mineral filters diluted with vegetable oils. Also, mango pulp and shea butter are responsible for skin care, which also create a very pleasant summer aroma. Our favorite is a protective cream for the face and sensitive skin areas with SPF 50.
Price: 2850 rub.
“Protection and coolness” SPF 30, Nivea Sun
Nivea is one of the first brands to launch sunscreen products with ingredients that are harmless to coral reefs. And in recent years, the company has begun to pay attention to packaging, making it more environmentally friendly. The most popular product of the brand is the Protection and Cooling lotion SPF 30.
Price: 500 rub.
Calendula Sun Cream SPF 30, Levrana
Cream Calendula Sun Cream SPF 30, Levrana has passed all eco certification, it contains only mineral filters and oils that care for the skin. The texture of the product is very soft and pleasant. Manufacturers write that it can also be used by newborn babies.
Price: 730 rub.
Mineral Sport SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick, Coola
Coola sunscreens have been the go-to choice for bloggers lately. Especially stick Mineral Sport SPF 50 with 70% organic composition of seaweed, coconut oil, avocado oil and vitamin E. Its main feature is its stability (the product is difficult to wash off with water!).
Price: 2180 rub.