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3 best local reef-safe, eco-friendly sunscreen brands

Support local brands and, of course, help save the coral reefs!

Arpiwach Supateerawanitt
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Arpiwach Supateerawanitt
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ICYMI, it’s now officially illegal in Thailand to wear sunscreen with certain chemicals that adversely affect coral reefs. This regulation was implemented in early August 2021, when the government finally realized that the delicate health of Thailand’s underwater ecosystems is slowly being eroded, partly due to exposure to the harmful chemicals in non-environment-friendly sunscreens most tourists apply.

This is a respectable initiative by the authorities to better protect the environment, but a lot of us are wondering how we can save the reefs but also protect our skin.

Fortunately, not all sunscreens are banned. You can still safeguard your skin from damaging UV rays as long as you avoid using products that contain any of these four chemicals:

  • ​​oxybenzone (benzophenone-3 or BP-3)
  • octinoxate (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate)
  • 4-methylbenzylid camphor (4MBC)
  • butylparaben

All these long scientific names may seem overwhelming and complicated, so we make things easier by recommending sun-protection products that you can actually use on your next trip to our national marine parks. What’s better, we have chosen three brands by Thai producers, because there’s nothing better than helping the environment while getting to support local businesses.

KAANI
KAANI

KAANI

Every little choice you make can help “minimize our impact on the ocean”, and KAANI can be the starting point of your journey to save our marine ecosystems. This local sunscreen producer uses a “100-percent mineral formula” that doesn’t contain any of the harmful chemicals listed in the regulation.

The brand’s star product is the reef-safe KAANI Active SPF50 PA+++ (B690 for 90g), which promises to save the environment and your skin as well. It’s non-sticky and lightweight, and won’t leave white chalky smears on your skin. 

Visit this site for more information.

Passun
Passun

Passun

“Live passionately under the sun” is the cool motto of this local brand, which has come up with a product line aimed at those who love the sea and water activities, but also care about how their actions may affect the aquatic environment. 

The Passun Face/Neck sunscreen with SPF50 PA+++ (B489 for 30g), in addition to being reef-friendly, has a thick texture that effectively protects the skin from the sun, which means you’d have to excuse how it leaves a white stain on your skin.

Visit this site for more information.

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ReReef
ReReef

ReReef

Avid fans of sustainability and environmental care will appreciate this brand. ReReef purveys sustainable goods such as, aside from reef-friendly sunscreen, bamboo toothbrushes, stainless steel and grass straws, and socks made of recycled polyester.

The brand’s Reef-Safe Sunscreen SPF50, is made of non-toxic zinc oxide and titanium oxide, and natural ingredients. Each tube comes in a pocket-friendly price (B349 for 40g), but ReReef also offers sunscreen in bulk (B3,390 for 1kg and B6,690 for 2kg)—ideal for those who really spend a lot of time in the sea and under the sun.

Visit this site for more information.

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