The Best Safe Sunscreen For This Summer
Here is the Sunscreen that has the ingredients scientists recommend in a reef-safe sunscreen, costs half as much per ounce as some of the competition, and feels nice on skin.
- Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen
The best reef-friendly sunscreen
This sunscreen uses ingredients that are thought to be safest for reefs. It costs less than the competition, plus it rubs in easily and feels nice on skin.
The main ingredient in Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen is non-nano zinc, the most coral-friendly option available in the US, according to experts. Zinc sunscreen might conjure images of lifeguards with white noses, but this one rubs in clear, with minimal effort. Once on skin, it feels less greasy than many sunscreens, and like most mineral sunscreens—which block UV rays with zinc and titanium—it smells like almost nothing. Like the other reef-friendly sunscreens we considered, Thinksport is a lotion, which means that it’s hard to accidentally get excess sunscreen on the sand where it will wash into the ocean, a concern when using sprays. This sunscreen costs $2.80 per ounce; though that’s double the price of our top pick for regular sunscreen, it’s about half the price of the other reef-friendly sunscreens we considered.