Get the lowdown on sustainable SPF

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Now that the sunshine is here, you need to make sure you're applying SPF to protect your skin.

And when it comes to deciding which sunscreen to buy, it might be worth considering if that product is environmentally friendly.

Dr Ross Perry from skin clinics chain Cosmedics explains more.

"It's important to use a sustainable SPF where possible as this has been known to cause major pollution to the oceans that in effect causes damage to the coral reefs and sea wildlife ecosystem as a result," he shares.

"The biggest concern about SPFs for the planet is the pollution that it does to the oceans and thus affecting the ecosystem of these delicate environments which are already getting major pollution is from other sources. This will be an area where we can start to make a difference by using sunscreens that do not contain chemicals that affect the delicate nature of the coral reefs.

"When looking for a coral-friendly sunscreen, ideally you're looking for ones that don't have oxybenzone and octinoxate ingredients as these are known to cause the most damage to coral reefs."

Sustainable and reef-friendly SPFs Dr Ross would recommend include Nivea's Protect and Moisture Lotion SPF 30, Topic's Great Barrier Sun Lotion, and Ultrasun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF30.

According to the expert, you should apply sunscreen to your face every day, especially during the spring and summer months, and any other area exposed to strong sunlight. Apply your product 15 minutes before you go outside and reapply if you have been swimming.

"We should wear sun factor protection as it helps prevent against skin ageing and sun spots, and most importantly, skin cancer," he warns. "We all under-apply sunscreen so the other tip is that it's better to apply more and regularly rather than under do it and get burnt and increase your risk of sun damage. If in doubt, apply!"

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