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Reef friendly sunscreen and hair products

Discussion in 'Women's Perspectives' started by kimbalabala, May 13, 2017.

  1. Stream2Sea

    Stream2Sea ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Wauchula, FL
    Hey @kimbalabala ! Sorry for my delay... I need to do a better job monitoring here :) There's nothing wrong with coconut oil for protection. We use alot in our formulas, but it doesn't do much for the detangling. If it works for you, fantastic. If you need more, perhaps try the oil before the dive, but a little of our Leave In afterwards.

    Regarding higher SPFs, as you have heard, sunscreens with very high SPFs offer only marginally better UVB protection (the rays that cause sunburn) than lower SPFs, yet consumers often believe they are getting double the protection. It would be logical to think that an SPF 30 would be twice as good as a 15, but that’s not how the ratings work. For example, an SPF 15 will block about 93% of the UVB rays, an SPF 30 will block about 97% and an SPF 50 will block about 98%. Beyond and SPF 30, the differences in protection are so minute yet give the users such a false sense of security that it may tempt people to stay in the sun longer than they should, while applying too little sunscreen. Your skin may be protected from sunburn, but could leave yourself exposed to the UVA rays that cause other kinds of skin and cellular damage.

    We've also found that its really tough to get beyond an SPF 30 without using the chemical filters like oxybenzone, octinoxate, etc. Also, keep in mind that a water resistant product like ours was tested to be SPF 20 and SPF 30 AFTER 80 minutes in a water bath. That's the way the testing works :) I personally prefer the SPF 20 (its a little lighter) and have found that as long as I reapply every couple hours in the water, I am well protected.
    Let me know if you have any other questions!

    PS. I haven't figured out how to toggle between the business and personal profile. @Wookie I need lessons... preferably on a boat.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2017
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  2. Wookie

    Wookie ScubaBoard Business Sponsor Staff Member ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    We have decided on the boat, after letting another one go at auction this week. Patience, Autumn. Remember how long it took to get Stream2Sea to market after you conceptualized it.
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  3. kimbalabala

    kimbalabala Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: St Louis
    Autumn, thank you so much for the information! I have had 5 Mohs surgeries to remove skin cancer (only basal and squamous, thank goodness) and I cover up with clothing from neck to toe and use the sunscreen on all other unprotected areas. I look like Casper the Friendly ghost in spandex wearing a floppy hat!! (And yes, I try to invest in SPF clothing as well - Coolibar and bamboo cloth). I'm that geek on the boat!! Whatever! I'm really happy to use your product, knowing it's good for me AND good for the ocean. Thanks again!
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  4. NYCNaiad

    NYCNaiad Hilariously absurd divebabble Staff Member

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: NYC
    I'm that geek on the boat as well. But not only will you benefit in terms of helping to prevent more skin cancer, but both of us will look gorgeous in old age & can then make fun of our sun-worshipping wrinkled old dive buddies. :) (Repeating this to myself really helped on a dive in the Solomons when one chick was tan & bikini-clad while I was in my one-piece, covered by a dive skin, slathered in sunscreen, wearing a hat & glasses underneath the awning. lol)
  5. kimbalabala

    kimbalabala Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: St Louis
    LOL! I'll be watching for you on every dive boat! :wink:
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