It’s time for fun in the sun, and you know the drill: lather up with sunscreen, grab your sunglasses and hat, and head out the door. Simple as that, right?

Kind of, but not quite. All sunscreens are not created equal, so choosing the right one is a big part of sun safety.

Before you get overwhelmed by the thought of reading sunscreen labels and sorting through dozens of bottles at the drug store before summer hits, let us help.

Here at Sol de Ibiza, we want to make it easy by giving you the low-down on safe sunscreen and healthy sunscreen ingredients.

But to understand why it’s important to pick a safe sunscreen, we first need to talk about why it’s important to wear sunscreen.

Why It’s Important To Wear Sunscreen?

Summer means lake days, beach trips with the family, and lounging by the pool while the kids play.

Add all that sunbathing to daily, year-round sun exposure, and UV rays can take a toll on your skin in major ways: sunburn, premature skin aging, and — the big one — skin cancer. The sun is no joke!

Even if you’re relentless about staying out of the midday sun and covering up with a hat and clothing while you're outside, sunscreen is still an essential part of your sun-protection routine.

Maybe you apply sunscreen every day and always make sure your kids are protected from the sun, too. That’s good! But are you paying attention to the type of sunscreen you use?

Why Safe Sunscreen Matters?

The sunscreen you put on your and your kids’ bodies day in and day out doesn’t just evaporate into thin air. Where does that white, skin-protecting cream go?

It’s either absorbed into your body, washed off into the water you swim in, or both. That’s precisely why safe sunscreen matters. Because when sunscreen absorbs into your skin, it can directly impact your health.

And when sunscreen washes off into the ocean water you swim in, it affects the coral reefs, the fish, and other sea creatures (which, in turn, affects us if we eat them!).

For example, there is particular concern about oxybenzone, an ingredient commonly used in certain types of sunscreens.

When this ingredient gets absorbed into the human body, it can pass through the placental barrier and end up in a mother’s breast milk. It can also disrupt hormone levels for both men and women.

Plus, this chemical is just plain irritating for people with sensitive skin or skin conditions. Not to mention it bleaches the coral reefs.

As you can see, the ingredients in your sunscreen really do matter when it comes to the health and safety of you, your family, and the big, beautiful ocean we splash around in!

The goal is, of course, to use a sunscreen that’s effective (protecting your family from the damaging rays of the sun) and innocent (so it won’t harm your body in the process).

How can Sol de Ibiza be so effective and totally innocent?

We use certified natural and organic ingredients, including Aloe Vera from Ibiza, we never use fragrances or preservatives, we're vegan and never tested on animals and we are reef-safe.

Plus, we use plastic-free packagings only!

Sol de Ibiza offer broad spectrum (UVA & UVB) protection for all the family, using Non-Nano Zinc Oxide as a filter. Do you want to know more about our filter?