We recently traveled to Mexico, and while researching what we needed for our trip, we learned that a lot of resorts and beaches ask that you use reef-safe sunscreen, as regular sunscreen is not allowed many places. Regardless of visiting places that have banned regular sunscreen, we want to use products that are more environmentally friendly.
We shopped mostly online, comparing reviews and a variety of reef-safe sunscreens. We have two young children as well, so not only are we happy to use sunscreens that are reef safe, but they are also better for putting on your skin.
If you are traveling somewhere warm and planning on going swimming or snorkeling, I recommend both reef-safe sunscreen and rash guards. With rash guards, you can simply limit the amount of sunscreen you use at all.
There are so many great advantages to wearing rash guards:
~ They is quick and easy to put on
~ You know all your skin is covered (ever been out in the sun only to find spots you’ve missed?)
~ No worries about reapplying sunscreen and keeping track of time
~ No need to put anything on your skin (many, if not most, sunscreens have chemicals – and even those that don’t can irritate skin)
There are a lot of great reef-safe sunscreens to choose from. From our experience, a lot of these require rubbing in the sunscreen, because it is a lotion or because it sprays a white film that needs to be rubbed in.
As far as traveling, we pack basics in our carry-on in case our luggage gets lost, and that includes a swimsuit and travel-size sunscreen. Just remember to be aware of what size liquids you are allowed to bring on the plane.
When we traveled to Mexico, there were plenty of places where you could buy reef-safe sunscreen. They are often vigilant about what kind of sunscreen you use, and one of the places where we went snorkeling, as we stood at our car applying sunscreen, an employee ran over in a panic to warn us about putting on sunscreen. He thought we were using regular sunscreen, and was relieved when we showed him the label and were able to reassure him that it was reef-safe.
Reef sunscreen is also becoming more popular, so it is nice to have a variety of choices. At the rate that the oceans are being exposed to so many sources of pollution, it is nice to have a way to do our part to keep the oceans and reefs healthy.