With all the conflicting information we read these days about sunblocks, it’s easy to get confused as to which products will best protect your skin from the sun without harming your health and the environment. While everyone wants to avoid skin damage and premature aging due to sun exposure, many sunblocks available on the market nowadays contain a plethora of harmful chemicals that not only have shown to disrupt hormone receptors but also have been linked to certain forms of cancers. Also concerning is the increasing damage that coral reefs are suffering due to certain chemicals found in regular sunblocks. According to researchers in a study published in the journal, Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, one of the most harmful chemicals commonly found in sunblocks, oxybenzone, has shown to have toxic effects on young coral, damaging the DNA structure, and accelerating coral bleaching. Let’s take into account that, according to the U.S. National Park Services, there is currently somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 tons of sunblock making it’s way into our oceans yearly, that’s a huge problem for reefs that can suffer ‘toxicity at a concentration as low as just 62 parts per trillion’.
At Vista Guapa, we support the efforts of Pura Vida Sunblock; a local company dedicated to providing a natural organic sunblock that stays on, moisturizes and smells like chocolate heaven!
Pura Vida Sunblock contains only pure, natural ingredients that safely protects the skin from the sun and won’t harm our oceans!
Pura Vida Sunblock is made of zinc oxide, extra virgin coconut oil, organic cacao, and propolis. The main ingredient, zinc oxide, sits on the top layer of the skin, reflecting UVA and UVB rays from the body. It is one the safest and most effective sunblock ingredients on the market today for both our health and the environment. Zinc oxide is sweat proof and stays on the skin, even in water, making it an effective sunblock to use for water sports. Best of all, Pura Vida Sunblock goes on smoothly, and smells heavenly.
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