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  • Ocean-Friendly SPF

    High-factor sun cream is a holiday essential, but there’s more than the SPF to consider when choosing one. Formulas have a big impact on marine life, so it’s important for the ingredients to be ocean-friendly as well as kind to skin. Avoid chemical sun creams, which are often full of preservatives and parabens that wash into the water and contribute to coral bleaching. Instead, reach for mineral formulas with non-toxic ingredients such as zinc oxide, which effectively blocks UV rays without causing any harm. These are the four sea-safe sun creams you’ll find in our suitcases. 

    Laura & Petro
    LAURA LOVES

    La Roche-Posay

    Anthelios Invisible Spray SPF50£20

    La Roche-Posay is the gold standard for sensitive skin. I’m a big fan of the Anthelios sun-cream range, which is gentle on irritation and prickly heat and helps prevent pigmentation. This formula uses Mexoryl400, an innovative organic UV protection which is highly effective against UVA, UVB and ultra-long UVA (the main cause of skin ageing). It’s also non-toxic to coral reefs. The lightweight cream instantly disappears into your skin, leaving it feeling hydrated without any hint of grease. 

    LAURA LOVES

    Avène

    Intense Protect SPF50+ Sun Cream£20

    This antioxidant-enriched cream gives summer skin thorough nourishment, while offering very high, broad-spectrum UV protection. It also shields against aggressors such as pollution and blue light, making it a skin must-have both on the beach and in the city. The biodegradable formula doesn’t impact coral or marine life and is gentle on sensitive skin. I like how quickly it absorbs into my skin, without leaving an oily residue or white cast. Perfect for everyday use under make-up. 

    PETRO LOVES

    Sun Bum

    Original SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray£17.99

    This is my fail-safe for all the family; the hypoallergenic formula is gentle on my kids’ skin, plus they can’t get enough of the delicious summery scent. As well as offering high, broad-spectrum protection, it contains vitamin E to help protect the skin against premature ageing. The spray format makes it easy to apply and the formula is long-lasting and water-resistant – perfect for beach days. It’s also cruelty-free and contains reef-safe non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

    PETRO LOVES

    Supergoop!

    Play Everyday Lotion SPF50£20

    I’d heard great things about Supergoop!, and this mineral sun cream has lived up to the hype. The lotion can be used on face and body to offer broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB and infrared rays. It also contains sunflower, rosemary and rice antioxidants to shield against the impact of everyday pollution. The gel formula quickly sinks into your skin without leaving any white marks or greasy residue. Plus, it’s water- and sweat-resistant, clean and reef-friendly. 



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