Are you using a MARINE FRIENDLY sunscreen?
BRAVO to HAWAII, who has taken the progressive move to ban the use of certain chemical sun filters from sunscreens. Their move is based on researched* which found that the chemical ingredients OXYBENZONE and OCTINOXATE evident in most commercial sunscreens are causing damage to the delicate eco-system around the Hawaiian islands, bleaching the coral and causing hormonal and genetic change in the coral and marine life. Worryingly, the research also found that these ingredients accutely affect the reproductive organs of sea urchins, parrot fish and other mammals and the neurological behaviour in fish and sea turtles.
Cynics would say and excuse the pun, that the ban is just a 'drop in the ocean' when it comes to polluting the seas, but what most do not realise, is that the Oxybenzone and Octinoxate ingredients in particular 'change' the marine life and its ability to reproduce. So as the marine life is being depleted by pollution, plastic and other horrors that their delicate eco-system is having to face, they are not even ABLE to reproduce correctly and sustain their numbers to survive this harmful impact.
We all know we should re-apply our sunscreen after swimming in the sea. The reason for this is that up to 59% of sunscreen will be washed off in seawater, despite claims of being waterproof. This also means that up to 14,000 tonnes of sunscreen lotion ends up in the sea and on coral reefs each year**. A staggering amount. Using a REEF/MARINE SAFE sunscreen will mean that the sunscreen lotion that washes off into the sea has ingredients that are BIO-DEGRADABLE and work with nature rather than against it, ingredients that are not only friendly towards wildlife and the environment, but also so much better for the health of your own skin. Providing just the same amount of protection if not more, from naturally active filters such as zinc, titanium dioxide and even cinnamon.
Hawaii has made the first move. Florida, the Virgin Islands and Mexico have started to consider a move to protect their marine parks from banning these ingredients. Barbados??
Our selection of natural sunscreens protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays and contain natural bio-degradable ingredients as well as reef and marine safe sun filters. We recommend the Green People SPF's on this site as extremely effective 'organic' sun protection products that are safe and non-toxic to marine life and to you.
If you are interested in trying one of the Green People's SPF's please drop into the Pure Source store in Limegrove for your free sachet sample, or order the sunscreen sample pack on this site for just the cost of postage.
*A study in 2015, published by the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
**The Guardian Newspaper
Gillian Griffith is a busy, hard-working Barbadian, and is the deputy General Manager of one of the most popular hotels on the West Coast of Barbados, The Club Barbados Resort and Spa. Having spent her childhood and some of her adult life overseas in Toronto, she decided to move to Barbados because she loved the sense of its community and healthier, out-of-doors environment, she says “I had never actually lived on Barbados, yet with Barbadian heritage I felt I was naturally drawn to it”. Gillian has great skin that reflects her personality which is sunny, as well as unruffled and highly professional - essential traits needed for the hospitality industry. Having to be constantly presentable she understands the importance of keeping her skin healthy, which has led her to pursue the benefits of green beauty, an area she has come to love.
Her top five favourites from the Pure Source store are:
REN Evercalm Cleansing Gel – After years of trying to control my oily skin I realised I was treating my skin too aggressively. This cleanser is gentle and leaves skin refreshed without any drying effects.
Tade Pays Du Levant Rose Beauty Water – This is a lovely toner after cleansing. I use it prior to moisturizing my face. The soft rose fragrance is a nice mid-day pick me up, great for refreshing your make up and your spirit. I keep a small spray bottle with rose water in my desk at work.
Jao Seed Face Oil – This is my day and evening moisturizer. I was always weary of moisturizers because my skin was oily but the addition of face oil to my daily routine has made a remarkable difference. The Jao Seed Face Oil is light in texture and gives my face a nice glow especially under makeup.
Erbaviva Relax Body Oil – This is my every day body moisturizer. It sinks into my skin and gives my skin a nice sheen without feeling too oily, even on hot Caribbean days. Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. Erbaviva is 100% natural and majority organic.
Kai Rose Perfume Oil Roll-On – I have been a fan of the original Kai fragrance for at least ten years. However Kai Rose Perfume Oil has now become my everyday fragrance. It is a subtle floral that is feminine and pretty. The roll-on is perfect for touch-ups on the go.
Now is the time for colds and flu. The usual winter discontents seem more persistant this year and we need all the help we can get to boost our immunity. For babies and children (and adults too) an organic natural alternative to ease through this germ-ridden season is the Erbaviva Sniffles Organic Chest Balm. Pure, natural and petroleum-free, this is an expertly formulated, soothing and comforting balm that is made with a base of ultra nourishing Beeswax, Cocoa Butter and Jojoba oils and a potent blend of hero essential oils. This combination includes Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, and Myrrh, which are known to be immune boosting and have powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties and Calendula, Lavender and Chamomile to naturally add comfort. While Cypress and Helichrysum essential oils effectively deliver further healing and anti-viral elements.
When using on a baby, apply to baby’s chest, back, neck and behind the ears to relax and soothe. The same applies to adults (although the neck and chest area will suffice). Great smelling, it is soothing and calming and the perfect aid to wind-down the evening, whatever the season.
Featuring Bajan BEAUTY BLOGGER Lucinda Robinson
Lucinda Robinson knows her beauty brands. Together with make-up artist Heidi Bowen she is one half of the blogging duo Moden Make-up, joining in 2012 a year after it was launched by the founder Heidi. The blog was set up in a quest to discover the best beauty products and skincare that worked for Caribbean skin, in a Caribbean climate. Since its launch the hashtag #TeamModen has grown to be a go-to ‘heads-up’ on product releases, providing reviews and advice on the best way to use products as well as one-on-one make-up application.
Lucinda started to take a keen interest in more natural skincare mid-2013 whilst looking for the best way to correct her post-acne hyper-pigmentation. As her knowledge of ingredients increased, she further sought out alternative green beauty solutions. This led her to Pure Source and her experience of shopping in the store has not only helped with her past skin problems but has also helped her to rediscover her love for aromatherapy.
Here are her top five favourites:
RMS BEAUTY Lip & Skin Balm in Simply Vanilla - With its soft vanilla scent this balm penetrates the lips quickly, so it's perfect for use under drying lip products. The balm leaves no colour behind so it's perfectly fine to use on other parts of the body such as the cuticles.
TATA HARPER Resurfacing Mask - This line is for those of us that are serious about skincare and are ingredient fanatics. This mask can be used alone or put directly over your cleanser.
SCHMIDT'S Bergamot + Lime Natural Stick Deodorant - I love this scent! Natural deodorants are aluminum-free and this one is made with baking soda and nourishing ingredients to help absorb wetness.
REN Micro Polish Cleanser - A gentle, yet effective skin polisher which although doesn’t lather a lot you certainly feel your skin is thoroughly cleansed after use.
THIS WORKS Sleep + Pillow Spray - I don't have trouble falling asleep; staying asleep is another matter. Using these products has "conditioned" my brain to recognise that when this scent is present, it's time for bed.
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