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Sunscreen and the ocean – what is the Real STORY? Protecting your skin, protecting the ocean

You might not know this, but unless you are using the correct sunscreen, you are damaging the ocean and its inhabitants. But, don’t worry, we have some suggestions for you to protect yourself against the UV rays, whilst protecting our beautiful ocean.


What exactly happens when you use the wrong sunscreen?


Here is a list of some of the things that can go wrong under the water when you use sunscreens that are not ocean friendly:


  • It accumulates in the tissues of coral, which can cause bleaching, damage the coral’s DNA, deform young coral, and even kill it completely
  • It can impair the growth and photosynthesis of green algae
  • It can also accumulate in the tissue of dolphins and be transferred to their young
  • In mussels it can cause defects in the young
  • It can decrease fish and sea urchins’ fertility and reproductive systems, as well as cause female traits in male fish



The coral reefs of Seychelles 

Coral reefs in Seychelles are protected and part of the country’s national pride. People come from around the world to explore these incredible underwater eco-systems.

A healthy coral reef is more than a home for a myriad of sea creatures, it is also one of the most valuable ecosystems on earth. These reefs provide billions of dollars in environmental and economic services, like food, coastal protection and tourism.



How can you make a difference?

There are various ways to protect yourself against the sun.

  • Umbrella (seek shade between 10am and 2pm)
  • Hat
  • Long sleeved tops
  • Longer pants
  • Sunglasses
  • The correct UV sunscreen

Let’s talk about sunscreen

Protecting our oceans is no longer a debate. It is something we should all be committed to. If you are looking for a sunscreen that ticks all the conservation boxes, People4Ocean developed a product called P4O that we highly recommend.

P4O protects against both UVA and UVB rays and was developed by marine biologists. It is safe for kids and pets, as well as for pregnant and nursing women, and it’s vegan friendly. The formula is 100% natural and free from synthetics and fillers. It is also water resistant for up to three hours, but we suggest you reapply every two hours if you are swimming and sweating.

So, not only is P4O Ocean friendly, it also gives you the protection you need. This super talented product is available at STORY Seychelles


For more information on P4O sunscreen, please visit P40 Sunscreen.


Let’s protect the natural heritage of Seychelles, so that it is there for future generations to explore and enjoy.