Reef-Safe Skin-Safe Sunscreen to Wear in Tonga
Sunscreen is a must for a trip to Tonga, but you already knew that. However, what you might not know is just how important it is to wear sunscreen that’s safe for Tonga’s fragile marine ecosystem. Traditional sunscreens are extremely damaging to coral reefs, while the plastic packaging most sunscreens come in is a whole different toxic problem for the oceans. With eco-friendly sunscreen containing natural ingredients that are generally safer for your skin and the skin of those you care about, it’s a win-win for everyone. So here we’ve listed some of the best natural sunscreens for Tonga meeting the following criteria: they are coral reef-safe, provide effective sun protection, and are biodegradable.
1. Beauty by Earth Natural Mineral Sunscreen
This sunscreen ticks all the boxes when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun in Tonga: water-resistant, biodegradable and reef-safe. Beauty by Earth’s Natural Mineral Sunscreen is ideal for sensitive skin and is safe to use on children with its mix of aloe vera, coconut oil and shea butter. The non-nano zinc oxide is the main active ingredient keeping you protected from the sun. What’s more, the formula is fast-setting, meaning you can jump in the water almost as soon as you finished apply the sunscreen.
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2. Coconut Joe’s Natural & Organic Sunscreen
Coconut Joe’s Natural & Organic Sunscreen shows that you don’t have to fork out a fortune to buy environmentally-friendly sunscreen. The cheaper price point combined with the fact that it comes in a 237ml/8fl.oz bottle is a plus for us! The sunscreen is fragrance-free and provides high-factor protection of SPF 50 with non-nano zinc oxide. However, this sunscreen is not water-resistant.
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3. Beyond Coastal Face Stick Sunscreen
An essential for your day bag, the Beyond Coastal Face Stick is a non-messy sunscreen made for the part of your body that you apply sunscreen to the most: your face. The SPF 30 sunscreen only uses 12 ingredients for a simple yet effective sun-protecting formula. The ingredients are broken down into avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate and octocrylene to protect the skin; coconut oil, shea butter and ale vera to nourish the skin; natural vitamin E to hydrate the skin; and yerba mate leaf extract and beeswax to repair skin.
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4. Tropical Sands SPF 30 Sunscreen
You can hardly go wrong with Tropical Sands sunscreen, which is water-resistant, reef-safe, child and baby-friendly and comes in a biodegradable bottle! The formula is 100% natural, using micronised minerals that are less visible on the skin. Plus, with a coconut scent, it’s a complementary addition to a holiday in Tonga!
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5. Tropical Seas Reef Safe Sunscreen
This no-nonsense sunscreen might not look too flashy but it does the job when it comes to sun protection and keeping the planet happy and healthy. The affordable 120ml/4fl.oz is small enough to fit in small day packs. Tropical Seas sunscreen is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, as well as fragrance-free. It’s also versatile, being safe for the corals of Tonga to the lakes and rivers of other countries.
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6. Sunblockz Baby & Kids Sunscreen Lotion
Specially formulated for babies and children, Sunblockz is a high-SPF sunscreen that’s safe for the sensitive skin of little ones. The sunscreen uses 100% natural ingredients with 24.5% zinc oxide for optimum sun protection. The water-resistant sunscreen is safe to use on all skin types too. See more child-friendly sunscreen like this in the 5 Best Natural Sunscreens for Kids and Babies.
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7. All Good Organic Sunscreen Butter & Lotion
Part of the All Good brand’s array of environmentally friendly products is its sunscreen lotion and butter. While the lotion is a good starter to the day and a product most of us are used to, the sunscreen butter is compact enough to fit in your pocket! The sunscreens come in SPF 30 and 50+ and are water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. The sunscreen is also a soothing remedy if you find yourself sunburnt, with the organic rosehips, green tea and buriti oil ingredients helping to repair damaged skin. All Good sunscreens also tick off the boxes of being gluten-free, vegan, non-nao, biodegradable and reef-safe.
8. TropicSport Mineral Sunscreen
For travellers spending a lot of time in the water while in Tonga, check out this SPF30 TropicSport sunscreen. The sunscreen, which is oxybenzone free, octinoxate free and avobenzone free, has passed tests for the FDA 80 minutes water resistance, as well as the Australian 4-hour water resistance. The mineral sunscreen is suitable for ages 6 years and up.
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9. Totlogic Natural Sunscreen
Made more with hypoallergenic properties in mind, Totlogic Natural Sunscreen also happens to be a good environmentally-friendly sunscreen. The tear-free, non-comedogenic formula is safe to use on all skin types, as well as young children and infants. Some of the natural ingredients include jojoba, hyaluronic acid, white tea, arnica, chamomile and lavender. It’s also water- and sweat-resistant and comes in a compact 89ml/3floz bottle, ideal for on the go. See more health product essentials to pack in What Medication to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Tonga.
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10. Reef Repair Sunscreen
A 100% natural sunscreen and a best-seller on Amazon, Reef Repair sunscreen is well worth considering. Their SPF 30+ sunscreen is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and does not cause excessive sweating. The sunscreen uses coral reef-safe ingredients, such as zinc oxide, oxybenzone-free and is octinoxate-free. For your own skin’s safety, it’s 100% paraben-free, silicone-free and titanium dioxide-free. What’s more, it comes at an affordable price. For more sunscreen suggestions, see What are the Best Sunscreens for Tonga?
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