Rawelements Reefsafe Sunscreen review
Reef-safe sunscreen is very important!
Some ingredients in conventional sunscreen is potentially dangerous for corals and ocean wildlife. If you know that and then see all the tourist masses with their white sunscreen smeared backs in the water you might want to cringe…
Luckily more and more countries are talking about bans for certain ingredients in sunscreens and some countries/discricts already have banned harmful sunscreen. This is still very hard to control, but a great start.
(Click here to learn more about why we need to switch to reef-safe sunscreen.)
I was just about heading to Mexico for a couple months when I heard about the issue with conventional sunscreen for the first time. And I was shocked and very keen to find safe sunscreen in a store….. yeah not that easy. While you find a lot of sunscreens claming to be reef-friendly, when you know what kind of ingredients you like to avoid, you still find them on reef-friendly claimed sunscreens.
Why is that?
There is no such thing than a certified reefsafe or reef-friendly label yet, so they can claim to be but a lot of times they are not… So be careful about greenwashing.
Always Double check with the app “code-check” or really know what kind of ingredients you want to avoid.
Natural Sunscreens or organic brands are always the best option. You could even make your own natural sunscreen if you like.
What I like about Rawelements
- Their sunscreen is all natural (no harmful ingredients)
- It’s waterproof, so it’s perfect for swimming, snorkeling, surfing.
- They even have a tinted version if you don’t like the whitish color on your skin from zinc based sunscreen.
- They are less to no whitish compared with other natural organic sunscreens
- They have plastic free packaged sunscreen too!
- They always aim to become more and more eco-friendly and low-waste with packaging (skipping labels, using recyclable materials, etc.)
I never got burned, I did not look too white to sit in a city cafe (this did happen with a lot of other organic natural sunscreens though 😀 ).
Just for very sweaty runs the sunscreen feels a little bit too thick on my skin. You could see every drop of sweat sitting on my skin. But this also shows perfectly how water resistant the sunscreen is, so it will be my go to sunscreen for any water related sport.
No worries if you are somewhere were you can’t order something online and can’t find plastic free reef-safe sunscreen in a local shop and only plastic packaged reef-friendly sunscreen.
It is definitely more important to get reef-safe sunscreen than to avoid plastic in this case. If you go on a beach holiday somewhere where you researched there is only landfill and no trustworthy recycling, you can be a responsible traveler and take your empty tube home with you and discard it safely into the recycling bin.