RE­SPECT THE REEFS

Times of the Islands - - Beauty -

We all know that sun­screen is im­por­tant for pro­tect­ing our skin from harm­ful UV rays. The Trop­icS­port sun­screen and skin-care line takes that a step fur­ther by of­fer­ing prod­ucts that also pro­tect ocean reefs and their in­hab­i­tants from harm. In­stead of chem­i­cals like oxy­ben­zone, octi­nox­ate, avoben­zone and oc­tocry­lene—which can cause coral bleach­ing and death and dis­ease in fish—Trop­icS­port’s min­eral sun­screens use zinc ox­ide and ti­ta­nium diox­ide, which sit on top of the skin and act as a phys­i­cal blocker to de­flect UV rays. The SPF 30 sun­screen is avail­able in a va­ri­ety of sizes and con­fig­u­ra­tions, in­clud­ing a new face stick ($12.99) and con­tain­ers that can be clipped onto bags, boats and other spots ($9.29-$17.99) so you’re al­ways pre­pared. And for an of­ten-for­got­ten area there’s a new SPF 15 co­conut-fla­vored lip balm ($5.99). Pick up Trop­icS­port prod­ucts lo­cally at Beach Stuff in Fort My­ers (239-481-8177).

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