Sun protection is a vital protective step in your daily skincare routine – a sunscreen helps to minimise the effects of harmful UV rays, which cause sunburn and premature skin ageing. However, an increasing environmental issue we’re seeing is the adverse effects of chemical sunscreens that seep into the ocean and are ingested by corals.
Chemical-based sunscreens (with actives such as oxybenzone and octinoxate) have been shown to cause genetic damage to coral and other marine organisms. They disrupt coral’s reproduction and growth cycles, ultimately leading to coral bleaching and death.
One study found oxybenzone had a toxic effect on coral at a concentration equivalent to one drop in six and a half Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Experts estimate that 90% of all reefs will be dead by 2050 and sunscreen is playing a large part in that, compounding other issues such as climate change. This is of concern because the world’s reefs are important for coastal protection and ocean habitats, and they’re needed for food, medicine, and much more.
Emma Lewisham’s SPF products are all 100% naturally derived, biodegradable and use a zinc oxide active which do not harm marine life.
We align with the regulatory requirements of sunscreen products in Hawaii and Palau (who have banned a range of sunscreen ingredients known to damage reefs)