Tropical Seas cares deeply about protecting your skin and takes every measure to protect the environment.
Over six thousand tons of Zinc Oxide and other sediments are permanently contaminating our oceans and poisoning our beloved coral reefs. Tropical Seas maintains rigorous testing standards to ensure that 99% of their ingredients will biodegrade within the first 90 days.They avoid other toxic ingredients, like synthetic mineral oils and petroleum, commonly found in other sunscreen products that take well over ten years to biodegrade - if these toxins biodegrade at all. (Reef Safe Testing Conclusions 2003)
Reef Safe's Products guarantees safety to the environment by testing in a multitude of water ecosystems. Everything from saltwater surf spots to freshwater rivers, they want you protected from the sun's skin-damaging rays no matter what part of the planet you might find yourself on. (Reef Safe Testing Conclusions 2011) According to Tropical Seas, other sunscreens currently on the market cannot always substantiate the so-called "reef safe" claim.
When it comes to Tropical Seas going green, it is truly a mission statement and not just marketing fluff. (Fact vs. Fiction 2011) Alongside with cruelty-free product testing, they also continue this practice using solar powered research facilities and organic farm education centers. (Reef Safe On a Mission 2011) To bring you the highest possible medicinal quality ingredients, Tropical Seas abstains from pesticides, with their use of herbal ingredients.
When selecting environmentally conscious products such as Tropical Seas, a few questions comes to mind...
DOES IT WORK?
Can it really be as effective as their environmentally harmful competitors? At the Maui Ocean Center we are pleased to answer those questions with a giant YES!
Water Resistant vs Waterproof
"Water resistant products only resist being washed off for 40 minutes where as a waterproof product, soon to be ‘Very Water Resistant’ due to new FDA regulations, resists for up to 80 minutes or longer depending on your skin type. Most companies’ only offer water resistant not waterproof, so in retrospect to the above question, you are only getting a bullet resistant vest rather than bulletproof. We wouldn’t risk our skin, why would you?" (The Badger'ing of Reef Safe Sunscreens 2011)
Tropical Seas Reef Safe Sunscreens are also 100% rub resistant. Even with vigorous toweling off or the hardest surfing spills won't cause Reef Safe Sunscreen
to come off. According to Tropical Seas, their high standards have made them the preferred sunscreen of the American Lifeguard Association and the US Military. They truly succeed where other mass market brands might come up short.
Most importantly, they provide after sun products for when you are recovering out of the sun. They have an assortment of gels and sprays to replenish your skin cells and ease the discomfort of an all day beach affair. Tropical Seas Reef Safe Burn Coolers can provide soothing relief even for the most brutal sunburns, and are strong enough to treat jellyfish stings! (How to Treat Jellyfish Stings 2011)
Tropical Seas (2011) Reef Safe Testing Conclusions
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Tropical Seas (2011) Fact vs. Fiction
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Tropical Seas (2011) Reef Safe on a Mission
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Tropical Seas (2011) The Badger'ing of Reef Safe Sunscreens 2011
Section 6: Water Resistant vs. Waterproof
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Tropical Seas (2011)
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