Reef Safe Sunscreen for cruise

OpieDoodle

Mouseketeer
Joined
Aug 22, 2018
We aren't cruising until Feb 2022 and honestly last cruise I didn't know that not all sunscreens were not reef safe (mine even said on the bottle reef safe but then when I read the ingredients I was shocked to find out that wasn't true).

I'm starting to research sunscreens now, hopefully to try it out before we get on the boat. I have a VERY easily burned fair skinned toddler and I've read some horror stories of the reef safe sunscreens not working as well. Has anyone experienced this? We are looking at Blue Lizard currently and the rest of us will honestly be fine but I worry about my tiny terror with his very light skin.

Picture for tax :) He actually looks tan in this picture from our last cruise with his brothers :P
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OpieDoodle

Mouseketeer
Joined
Aug 22, 2018
We have used this and just bought some more for our cruise this year. It is currently out of stock at Sams, but you may be able to find it elsewhere. http://www.samsclub.com/sams/a/prod25330862.ip
My understanding is the third ingredient on that ones label is not reef safe. It doesn't have the two big main ingredients that Hawaii outlawed for example but it does have one that is on the "not safe" list :(
 

soniam

Wooden leg named Smith...
Joined
Jun 22, 2012
We have been using California Baby and Badger Balms for years. They seem to work fine; I burn at the drop of a hat. They were listed in the previous link. I haven’t tried the new Badger Balm we just bought, but the zinc oxide in them doesn’t rub in to disappear completely. There’s always a bit of white, and they can leave white spots on dark clothes and leather. It usually comes out with some elbow grease and leather cleaner/stain fighter though.
 

diablodancer

Mouseketeer
Joined
Jul 22, 2019
I bought Ocean Potion when I was Hawai’i and didn’t have any issues (my Mum who burns very easily has also used it).
 

Disneypeach

Fan of the Fort
Joined
Oct 14, 2010
I burn at the drop of a hat. Here are two I’ve used that did well and supposedly are reef safe: Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby spf50 (zinc oxide is main ingredient); Alba Hawaiian sunscreen spf50 spray that goes on clear.
 

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  • OpieDoodle

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Aug 22, 2018
    Thanks for all the advice so far! I plan to research all of these. One of my friends that cruises a lot has one I can try on my munchkin. I just really don't want a miserable sun burned toddler on a cruise. It just sounds like it would NOT be fun and relaxing lol
     

    KantLose

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Jan 19, 2019
    We started using Blue Lizard Sensitive when my kids were little (almost13 years ago) as they have a good EWG Rating. It is thicker than some sunscreens so takes a little more effort applying, but we have never gotten sunburns while wearing it, including all day trips to Disney, snorkeling in Caymans, full beach days, etc. Every time I think to try something cheaper or more convenient that can be bought anywhere, I always go back to it because of the quality. I have found some good deals buying from drugstores online when they have storewide or category discounts.
     

    dad of 3 addicted to DCL

    Waiting for January
    Joined
    Aug 14, 2017
    When we did our snorkel/dive vacation to the reefs of Belize, we did a TON of research. Sun Bum worked really well for me and our Irish-skinned family. Lotsa pale & freckles and we made it out of a week on the reefs just fine
     
  • soniam

    Wooden leg named Smith...
    Joined
    Jun 22, 2012
    I'd put him in a long-sleeve rash guard with a good SPF/UPF factor, too.
    This!!! It makes things so much easier, then you only have to worry about his neck, face, and legs. If you are just going to be hanging out in the sun, a good wide-brimmed sun hat that ties on is great. Our whole family wears one to the parks.
     

    orum

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Apr 13, 2011
    I'd put him in a long-sleeve rash guard with a good SPF/UPF factor, too.
    I should have mentioned this also. I have started wearing one and it really helped me not get burned. Less places to have to put sunscreen too.

    Great call out
     

    mevelandry

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Aug 22, 2013
    I went to a beach in Mexico that was asking guests to wear safe reef sunscreen only... So I left my sunscreen on the ship... Only to find out that the beach was selling the same brand of sunscreen I used... Which was Hawaiian Tropic!
     

    OpieDoodle

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Aug 22, 2018
    I'd put him in a long-sleeve rash guard with a good SPF/UPF factor, too.
    He wears a short sleeve one normally anyways. I'd worry a little with the long sleeves being hot but I am going to look into bringing one along and seeing how he does. Normally he wears a little longer than normal shorts, rash guard t-shirt, and often a hat when I can get him to (usually I go for the bucket type hats).
     

    hrhdhd

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    May 9, 2010
    He wears a short sleeve one normally anyways. I'd worry a little with the long sleeves being hot but I am going to look into bringing one along and seeing how he does. Normally he wears a little longer than normal shorts, rash guard t-shirt, and often a hat when I can get him to (usually I go for the bucket type hats).
    My husband (who has had two squamous cell skin cancers removed) wears long sleeve shirts in the same category when he fishes, as do most of the men. (The women, by and large, don't cover up as much.) He also wears a buff to protect his neck and sometimes fishing gloves to keep his hands covered. In the performance fabrics, being hot really isn't an issue. And in the water, it's not a problem.
     

    blabadie

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Mar 3, 2018
    We wear rash guards, but use Australian Gold Botanical sunscreen for exposed areas. It is reef friendly and blended in fairly well. (They also have tinted versions but the palest color was still a little too tan for my palest daughter. The rest of our family loved the tinted sunscreen for our faces and used the regular white sunscreen for our bodies.)

     

    randumb0

    Party at Mickey's
    Joined
    Oct 25, 2011
    Yikes I had never heard of this term. I will check next time I'm in the area with a reef
     

    OpieDoodle

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Aug 22, 2018
    My husband (who has had two squamous cell skin cancers removed) wears long sleeve shirts in the same category when he fishes, as do most of the men. (The women, by and large, don't cover up as much.) He also wears a buff to protect his neck and sometimes fishing gloves to keep his hands covered. In the performance fabrics, being hot really isn't an issue. And in the water, it's not a problem.
    I'll try some out and see what he thinks. Our cruise is Feb so we have plenty of time. Last time we were there at the same time it was pretty hot but I know that's hit or miss with cruises.

    We wear rash guards, but use Australian Gold Botanical sunscreen for exposed areas. It is reef friendly and blended in fairly well. (They also have tinted versions but the palest color was still a little too tan for my palest daughter. The rest of our family loved the tinted sunscreen for our faces and used the regular white sunscreen for our bodies.)

    I'll check out those! The ingredient list looks great from the quick check I just did. Thankfully we have a while before our cruise so we can try these out.
     

    MomOTwins

    The Mommy Fairy
    Joined
    Mar 5, 2018
    When we did our snorkel/dive vacation to the reefs of Belize, we did a TON of research. Sun Bum worked really well for me and our Irish-skinned family. Lotsa pale & freckles and we made it out of a week on the reefs just fine
    I second Sun Bum! It works really well and rubs in easily.

    He wears a short sleeve one normally anyways. I'd worry a little with the long sleeves being hot but I am going to look into bringing one along and seeing how he does. Normally he wears a little longer than normal shorts, rash guard t-shirt, and often a hat when I can get him to (usually I go for the bucket type hats).
    When you get the rash guard wet, it actually cools you down when you are out of the water. I suspect he wouldn’t even notice the long sleeve ones were any different than the t shirt.
     

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