What is “reef friendly” and “reef safe” sunscreen?

While the labels “reef friendly” and “reef safe” are common marketing tools for sunscreen products, these terms are not regulated and can be highly misleading. Before purchasing or using sunscreen, read the ingredients label and choose only mineral sunscreens made with ‘non-nanotized’ zinc oxide or titanium dioxide—natural mineral ingredients.

Because it's important to limit the amount of any kind of sunscreen getting into our water systems and ocean, it’s best to taker additional sun protection measures such as covering up or seeking shade as a first line of defense. 

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1. What is non-mineral sunscreen and how does it harm the reef?
2. How and when will enforcement begin?
3. What products are allowed under the ban?
4. Is mineral sunscreen effective?
5. What is “reef friendly” and “reef safe” sunscreen?
6. What are the consequences of non-compliance?
7. How difficult is it to apply mineral sunscreen? Doesn’t mineral sunscreen leave a white residue or feel sticky on my skin?
8. Is my sunscreen really a problem? Don’t reefs face bigger threats?
9. How can I do more?