The Best Reef-Safe Sunscreen
Updated Dec 12, 2022
Several common ingredients in sunscreens can be harmful to reefs and other sea life, which is why some states and municipalities have banned the sale of sunscreens that use the UV filters oxybenzone and octinoxate. Although no sunscreen has been proven totally safe for aquatic wildlife—wearing a rash guard or other protective clothing while you snorkel is the best choice for coral as well as for your skin—some formulas are friendlier than others. After researching the issue and testing 17 sunscreens that claim to be “reef safe,” we’ve found that Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen has the ingredients scientists recommend in a reef-safe sunscreen, costs less than some of the competition, is widely available, and feels nice on skin.