June 17th, 2021 – By PROMOSTYL

Eco-responsible sunscreens: protecting yourself without polluting

Over the years, pollution of the oceans has become more and more important and one of the threats is sunscreen products. On average, 25,000 tonnes of sunscreen products are spilled into the oceans every year. This is why for several decades now cosmetic brands have adopted a policy of sustainable development, replanting forests, protecting rare species and raising awareness among populations.

And now it's the turn of the fauna and flora of marine environments to be part of these commitments. With an average of 25% of the cream applied dispersed in the water, the products use chemical or mineral filters, activating a virus that attacks micro-algae, the food of corals, or
disturbing the photosphere and making fish lymphatic. After these distressing observations on the loss of 30% of coral reefs over the last thirty years, scientists called on brands to modify the composition of their suncare products and propose alternatives to the overly polluting cream.

Brands are therefore gradually creating eco-responsible filters, replacing environmentally harmful solvents with "green" solvents, or using only natural filters based on red algae and Karanja oil, which protect the skin while being natural for our oceans. Some brands like Avène, in addition to their cosmetic innovations, are involved in the restoration of coral in Indonesia and the development of sustainable coral farming with Pur Project. Even if today we are far from having exhausted all our marine resources, it is important to take care of our skin and our planet, by preserving it from all chemical products that can be replaced by eco-responsible products. So this summer, tan safely!