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An estimated 6, 000 tonnes of sunscreen enter the ocean every year, with the chemicals contaminating water and contributing to the declining health of coral. In bid to try and save oceans and marine life, manufacturers are switching to 'reef-safe' formulas. You've probably seen the term cropping up on your sun and tan products, but what does 'reef-safe' actually mean?

See our reef safe guide to answer your questions like what does reef-safe mean and what are the benefits of using reef-safe sunscreen.

Brands With Reef Safe Products

  • Hawaiian Tropic
  • St Tropez
  • Stila
  • TAN-LUXE
  • Hello Sunday
  • Bioderma
  • Bondi Sands
  • Ultrasun

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Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Aftersun
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Aftersun
$10.26
Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk
Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk
$10.75
-26%
St Tropez Purity Vitamins Serum
St Tropez Purity Vitamins Serum
$23.44 $31.26
Bondi Sands Reusable Self Tan Application Mitt
Bondi Sands Reusable Self Tan Application Mitt
$5.35
-26%
St Tropez Purity Vitamins Mist
St Tropez Purity Vitamins Mist
$32.35 $43.14
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam
$23.70
Ultrasun Family SPF 30 High sunscreen
Ultrasun Family SPF 30 High Sunscreen
$24.78
Bondi Sands Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+
Bondi Sands Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+
$11.83
Ultrasun Tan Activator For Body SPF 30
Ultrasun Tan Activator For Body SPF 30
$35.58
Bondi Sands Coconut Lip Balm With Vitamin E
Bondi Sands Coconut Lip Balm With Vitamin E
$8.10
Ultrasun Aftersun Tan Booster
Ultrasun Aftersun Tan Booster
$30.18
-50%
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Mist
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Mist
$9.42 $18.84
Ultrasun Kids SPF 50+
Ultrasun Kids SPF 50+
$37.74
-26%
Bondi Sands Coconut & Sea Salt Body Scrub
Bondi Sands Coconut & Sea Salt Body Scrub
$10.93 $14.58
Ultrasun UV Face & Scalp Mist SPF 50
Ultrasun UV Face & Scalp Mist SPF 50
$25.86
Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Oil
Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Oil
$19.38
Ultrasun Anti-Aging & Anti-Pigmentation Hand Cream SPF 25
Ultrasun Anti-aging & Anti-Pigmentation Hand Cream SPF 25
$24.30
Bondi Sands Dual Action Exfoliating Mitt
Bondi Sands Dual Action Exfoliating Mitt
$7.51
Ultrasun Mineral Body SPF 30 Lotion
Ultrasun Mineral Body SPF 30 Lotion
$35.58
Bondi Sands Back Applicator
Bondi Sands Back Applicator
$8.59
Bondi Sands Sunny Daze SPF 50 Face Moisturizer
Bondi Sands Sunny Daze SPF 50 Face Moisturizer
$18.30
Bondi Sands Daydream Whipped Moisturizer
Bondi Sands Daydream Whipped Moisturizer
$13.98
Bondi Sands Eye Spy Brightening Eye Cream
Bondi Sands Eye Spy Brightening Eye Cream
$13.98
Bondi Sands SPF 30 Fragrance Free Sunscreen Aerosol Mist
Bondi Sands SPF 30 Fragrance Free Sunscreen Aerosol Mist
$16.14
Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Lip Balm
Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Lip Balm
$8.59
Bondi Sands GLO Matte One Day Tan
Bondi Sands GLO Matte One Day Tan
$12.90
Bondi Sands GLO Gloss Finishing Glow
Bondi Sands GLO Gloss Finishing Glow
$12.90
Bondi Sands 1 Hour Express Self Tanning Foam
Bondi Sands 1 Hour Express Self Tanning Foam
$23.70
Ultrasun Mineral Face SPF 30 Lotion
Ultrasun Mineral Face SPF 30 Lotion
$32.34
Bondi Sands Aero Aerated Self Tanning Foam
Bondi Sands Aero Aerated Self Tanning Foam
$22.62
Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser
Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser
$18.30
Bondi Sands Body Wash
Bondi Sands Body Wash
$10.75
Bondi Sands Body Moisturizer
Bondi Sands Body Moisturizer
$11.83
Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Coconut Body Sunscreen Lotion
Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Coconut Body Sunscreen Lotion
$12.42
-50%
Bondi Sands Pure Self Tan Foaming Water
Bondi Sands Pure Self Tan Foaming Water
$9.99 $19.98
-40%
Stila Double Dip Suede Shade & Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow
Stila Double Dip Suede Shade & Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow
$18.11 $30.18
-25%
Bondi Sands Wonder Potion Hero Oil
Bondi Sands Wonder Potion Hero Oil
$11.30 $15.06
-25%
Bondi Sands Technocolour 1 Hour Express Self Tan
Bondi Sands Technocolour 1 Hour Express Self Tan
$20.21 $26.94
Bondi Sands Tropical Rum Body Moisturizer
Bondi Sands Tropical Rum Body Moisturizer
$11.83
Bondi Sands Tropical Rum Coconut & Sea Salt Body Scrub
Bondi Sands Tropical Rum Coconut & Sea Salt Body Scrub
$14.58
Bondi Sands Pure Self Tanning Face Mist
Bondi Sands Pure Self Tanning Face Mist
$18.30
Ultrasun Glimmer Lotion SPF 20
Ultrasun Glimmer Lotion SPF 20
$30.18
Ultrasun Clear Spray SPF 30 Sports Formula
Ultrasun Clear Spray SPF 30 Sports Formula
$35.58
Ultrasun Glimmer Lotion SPF 30
Ultrasun Glimmer Lotion SPF 30
$35.58
Bondi Sands Tropical Rum Body Wash
Bondi Sands Tropical Rum Body Wash
$10.75
Bondi Sands SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion
Bondi Sands SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion
$12.90
Bondi Sands Thirsty Skin Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Bondi Sands Thirsty Skin Hyaluronic Acid Serum
$12.90
Bondi Sands Sweet Dreams Night Moisturizer
Bondi Sands Sweet Dreams Night Moisturizer
$15.06
Bondi Sands Fountain Of Youth Restoring Bakuchiol Serum
Bondi Sands Fountain Of Youth Restoring Bakuchiol Serum
$13.98
Bondi Sands Buff N Polish Chemical Exfoliant
Bondi Sands Buff N Polish Chemical Exfoliant
$13.98
Bondi Sands Bondi Babe Clay Mask
Bondi Sands Bondi Babe Clay Mask
$16.14
Bondi Sands Fresh'n Up Gel Cleanser
Bondi Sands Fresh'n Up Gel Cleanser
$13.98
Bondi Sands Begin Again Vitamin B3 Serum
Bondi Sands Begin Again Vitamin B3 Serum
$13.98
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Face Mist 1 Hour Express
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Face Mist 1 Hour Express
$20.46
Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Fragrance Free Sunscreen Face Mist
Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Fragrance Free Sunscreen Face Mist
$19.38
Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser Gel
Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser Gel
$23.70
Ultrasun Mineral Body SPF 50 Lotion
Ultrasun Mineral Body SPF 50 Lotion
$35.58
Ultrasun SPF 50 Sports Transparent sunscreen Spray
Ultrasun SPF 50 Sports Transparent Sunscreen Spray
$35.58
Bondi Sands Gold'n Hour 10% Vitamin C Serum
Bondi Sands Gold'n Hour 10% Vitamin C Serum
$13.98
Hawaiian Tropic Protective Spray Oil SPF 15
Hawaiian Tropic Protective Spray Oil SPF 15
$10.75
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Lotion SPF 30
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Lotion SPF 30
$13.98
Hawaiian Tropic Protective Dry Oil Continuous Spray SPF 30
Hawaiian Tropic Protective Dry Oil Continuous Spray SPF 30
$11.07
Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Facial Milk SPF 30
Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Facial Milk SPF 30
$9.67
Glow Hub Defend Yourself SPF 30
Glow Hub Defend Yourself SPF 30
$15.06
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Lotion SPF 50
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Lotion SPF 50
$13.98
Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Lotion SPF 30
Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Lotion SPF 30
$10.75
Bondi Sands Everyday Liquid Gold Gradual Tanning Oil
Bondi Sands Everyday Liquid Gold Gradual Tanning Oil
$16.74
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Dry Oil Mist SPF 30
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Dry Oil Mist SPF 30
$11.07
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Dry Oil Mist SPF 15
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Dry Oil Mist SPF 15
$11.07
Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 Sunscreen
Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 Sunscreen
$42.00
Hello Sunday The One For Your Hands Hand Cream SPF 30
Hello Sunday The One For Your Hands Hand Cream SPF 30
$10.50
Hello Sunday The One That's A Serum Face Drops SPF 45
Hello Sunday The One That's A Serum Face Drops SPF 45
$17.60
Supergoop! Glow Stick SPF 50
Supergoop! Glow Stick SPF 50
$25.00
Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF 30
Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF 30
$9.67
Ultrasun Tinted Face Anti-Aging Formula SPF 30
Ultrasun Tinted Face Anti-aging Formula SPF 30
$32.34
Ultrasun SPF 50+ Extreme Sun Lotion
Ultrasun SPF 50+ Extreme Sun Lotion
$37.74
Ultrasun Face Anti-Aging Lotion SPF 50+
Ultrasun Face Anti-aging Lotion SPF 50+
$30.18
Ultrasun SPF 50+ Anti-Aging & Anti-Pigmentation Facial Sun Cream
Ultrasun SPF 50+ Anti-aging & Anti-Pigmentation Facial Sun Cream
$40.98
Ultrasun Mineral Baby SPF 50 Lotion
Ultrasun Mineral Baby SPF 50 Lotion
$36.66
Hello Sunday The One That's Got It All Sun Primer SPF 50
Hello Sunday The One That's Got It All Sun Primer SPF 50
$23.50
Hello Sunday The Everyday One Face Moisturizer SPF 30
Hello Sunday The Everyday One Face Moisturizer SPF 30
$18.75
Hello Sunday The Essential One Body Lotion SPF 30
Hello Sunday The Essential One Body Lotion SPF 30
$13.10
Hello Sunday The Take-Out One Invisible Sun Stick SPF 30
Hello Sunday The Take-Out One Invisible Sun Stick SPF 30
$17.75
Ultrasun Tinted Face Fluid SPF 50+
Ultrasun Tinted Face Fluid SPF 50+
$35.58
Bondi Sands Pure Gradual Tanning Lotion
Bondi Sands Pure Gradual Tanning Lotion
$15.66
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Reef Safe

Frequently Asked Questions about Reef Safe products

What does reef-safe mean?

'Reef-safe' or 'reef-friendly' are terms typically used to describe a sunscreen that uses non-nano mineral or physical active ingredients, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. It also means that the formula does not contain common UV blocking chemicals, such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been shown to cause damage to marine life and coral bleaching.

What are the benefits of using reef-safe sunscreen?

Of course, the main benefit of using a reef-safe sunscreen is knowing that you are not contaminating the ocean when going for a dip in the water. Algae, urchins, fish, shellfish and even marine mammals are affected by sunscreen, so switching to a reef-safe formula helps protect and preserve ocean life.

Reef-safe sunscreens are not only kinder to the ocean, but they're also a lot kinder to skin. As reef-safe formulas ban harsh chemicals and utilize mineral-based ingredients, skin health is visibly improved. They also offer more efficient broad-spectrum protection, so much so that they are suitable for sensitive skin types, children and pregnant women.

Is reef-safe the same as biodegradable?

Pretty much, yes. Both terms are used to refer to sunscreens that degrade naturally and do not use ingredients that could be harmful to the environment, specifically coral reefs. Reef-safe or biodegradable formulas do not contain chemicals and are safer for marine life.

How do I know if my sunscreen is reef-safe?

Unfortunately, reef-safe is not an approved label and isn't regulated by an organisation, so it takes a little research to know exactly how to identify a reef-friendly formula. Many brands will put a reef-safe label on the front of their products, but you should always double check the ingredients for chemicals. Don't be fooled by 'organic' and 'natural' either, as this does not mean that formulas are non-toxic to marine life.

We also recommend sticking with sunscreen lotions and creams, rather than spray or misting formulas, as these often contain titanium dioxide, which can be harmful to both marine life and your health.

What ingredients aren’t reef-safe?

The two most commonly used ingredients that aren't reef-safe are oxybenzone and octinoxate. The UV filters are packed with chemicals that deform coral reefs. In fact, one drop of oxybenzone in an amount equal to six-and-a-half Olympic-size swimming pools of water is sufficient to damage coral.

Other ingredients that aren't reef-safe include any nanoparticles or nano-sized zinc and titanium, any form of microplastics, octocrylene, homosalate, PABA, parabens, triclosan and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor.

Who should use reef-safe sunscreen?

Reef-safe sunscreen can be used by all ages, skin types and tones. As the formulas are free from harmful toxins, chemicals and ingredients, they're a safe and effective option for all the family – the only difference is the cosmetic feel on the skin!

Those who want to be a little more eco-conscious and preserve marine life should also look to switching to a reef-safe sunscreen.

Are reef-safe sunscreens more expensive?

Much like your regular sunscreens, reef-safe formulas can vary in price. Reef-safe sunscreens may be more expensive as they use mineral ingredients rather than chemicals.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane, Beauty Editor

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