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Respect Your Skin and Our Seas

Respect Your Skin and Our Seas

Educate Yourself and Choose the Best Sunscreens to Protect Your Skin and Our Ecosystems.

Warmer weather is finally here and we will be spending more time outdoors. While SPF should be part of your daily skincare regimen, it’s probably time to refresh your sun care collection. However, before you do, consider this. Did you know that certain chemicals in sunscreens are toxic to fish, coral and other marine life?

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Certain chemical sunscreens not only pollute our oceans, they affect marine life more than most of us realize. Fertility can decrease in fish, cause defects in shellfish, impair growth in green algae and damage already fragile coral reefs. Several states and islands, including Hawaii, Aruba and the U.S. Virgin Islands, prohibit the use and sale of these sunscreens in an effort to protect our oceans and marine life.

Consider these easy steps to pick a sunscreen that is respectful of our environment.

Avoid these ingredients in your sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate are harmful to our oceans and environment. Other ingredients to avoid are paba, parabens, triclosan and camphor. Read the ingredient listing on sun care packaging before making a purchase. Check out our Reef Safe sunscreens here.

Protect yourself from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Make sure your sunscreen provides Broad Spectrum protection, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. All our SPF formulas were developed to provide Broad Spectrum protection. Effective sun care is part of protecting yourself when spending extended periods of time outside. Avoiding peak sun exposure, usually 10am to 2pm, is also important. Consider early morning walks or late afternoon beach visits to avoid overexposure. Cover up with hats, rash guards and other UV-based clothing. 

Be an advocate for our eco system. Educate yourself, and others, about the importance of using reef safe sunscreens as part of saving our marine environment. Visit websites like, or for more information and resources.

Consider mineral or reef safe sunscreens. An alternative to traditional chemical sunscreens, these formulas are better for our oceans, our environment and our skin. They are not linked to coral bleaching.

Choose a water-resistant sunscreen.  These are formulated to stay on the skin when it gets wet, whether you are swimming or sweating. These sunscreens last up to 80 minutes in the water, which means less of it will wash off in the ocean. Water-resistant sunscreens, like ours, will keep your skin protected longer, yet, as a rule, you should reapply every 2 hours for maximum protection.

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MDSolarSciences™ is committed to offering clean, sustainable chemical and mineral formulas. Ours are made with EcoCert, or organically certified, Zinc Oxide. We do not use paba, oxybenzone, parabens or octinoxate. All of our SPF formulas have the Skin Cancer Foundation seal of protection and these formulas are gentle enough for children 6 months or older, and adults.

And, of course, our sun care is reef safe and several products in our collection are top EWG-rated by the Environmental Working Group, an organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Our formulas are cruelty-free as we do not test on animals. We are committed to helping preserve our fragile marine ecosystems as well as skin health for you and your loved ones.

For more information on our mineral-based sunscreens, click here.

For more information about our commitment to sustainability, check our Ingredients with Intentions blog.

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