Organic, vegan, ocean-friendly: sunscreens are reinventing themselves in the age of ecological awareness

Long chosen for their compounds that are harmful to health and the environment, sunscreens have been reinvented in recent years to address the concerns of a public seeking natural products that respect the planet. As the sweet scent of vacation begins to intoxicate men and women around the world, here are clean and innovative formulas to protect you from UV rays all summer long.

While more than 80% of skin cancers are linked to overexposure to the sun, choosing sun protection as summer vacation approaches is of particular importance, according to Public Health France. If it is advisable to choose an appropriate sun protection factor, as well as a sun product that corresponds to every skin and need, men and women today are looking for creams, oils and other milks that protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun without that harm neither their health nor the environment, and gradually switch to (more) natural formulas.

Stop harmful ingredients

To meet everyone’s expectations, many brands have developed new formulas that banish controversial ingredients and filters, to the max for some, completely for others, mostly relying on mineral screens – titanium dioxide and oxide of zinc powder – which are considered less harmful to the skin. considered. This is the case for the French natural sun protection brand SeventyOne Percent, whose flagship product, Eco Sun Spray Invisible, consists of 100% mineral filters to protect against UVA and UVB, both for adults and children, enriched with vegetable oils of jojoba, sunflower and organic buriti, to bring other benefits to the skin. A vegan alternative, as a bonus, and made in France, that also works to protect the oceans.

This wasn’t the case a few years ago, but mineral filters have become (almost) the norm today, or at least are an integral part of many brands’ product lines. And if not, today’s sunscreens are guaranteed without octocrylene organic sunscreen, a compound that has been questioned by researchers. Bioregena, Korres, La Biosthétique or even Praïa are among the players who now offer formulas consisting of a limited list of ingredients that are as natural and healthy as possible.

(Partly) biodegradable formulas

The chemical compounds present in certain sunscreens are also harmful to coral reefs and thus to biodiversity. An observation that has prompted the authorities of certain countries to ban sunscreens that are considered toxic to the reefs, for example Hawaii and the Palau archipelago. Since then, brands have reinvented themselves to offer products with less impact on the planet, such as Laboratoires de Biarritz, whose organic Alga Maris range is intended to be non-toxic to marine ecosystems, as well as many brands – notably mentioned above . that already work for more natural formulas.

Others rely on biodegradable formulas, up to 90% minimum, such as Biotherm with its Waterlover range, but also Garnier Ambre Solaire and its ecologically designed milk, or Biosolis and its many organic and natural sun care products. Let it be said, no sunscreen today can guarantee that it will be beneficial to coral reefs, but betting on natural and/or biodegradable formulas will necessarily minimize your impact on the planet.

(ETX Daily Up)

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