Suncare that really cares

The rise of eco-friendly suncare

Hair & Beauty
Jemima Cousins


It was a beauty industry achievement when micro beads were finally band. The tiny beads of plastic were widely used in products, including toothpastes, exfoliators and body washes, and contributed to the eight million tons of plastic flooding the oceans each year. But, the impact our bathroom cabinets have on marine life doesn’t end there. In fact, with summer on the way it’s about to pick up again with sun cream. That’s right, the lotion that you liberally slather on contains toxic chemicals that are destroying the equilibrium of the oceans. Oxybenzone is the chemical that has garnered the most attention due to the amount of damning research behind it. It’s used in chemical based sun creams to absorb the harmful UV rays and protect our skin but it also encourages a viral infection in coral reefs which can lead to bleaching and leads to the demise of algae living in the tissues, which millions of fish feed on. While only a handful of countries have banned SPFs with the oxybenzone in, brands are reformulating products without it. Here’s what to seek out this summer.

Caudalie Milky Sun Spray SPF 30, £20

For super lightweight but effective protection, look no further than this spray.


Avene B-Protect SPF50+, £13

With Avene’s iconic thermal spring water, this formula hydrates as well as protects. It’s ideal for those with dry or sensitive skin.


Aethic Sovee Triple-Filter Eco-Compatible Sunscreen SPF 40, £53

It’s not cheap, but if you’re serious about the ocean this fruity scented formula worth every penny.


Kérastase Soleil Huile Sirene Treatment, £23.80

Hair needs protection too! This formula is non- greasy film and it’s free from oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene.

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