Wearing sunscreen at the beach is a given, especially for little ones running in and out of the water — and anyone who forgets that usually regrets it with a vengeance the next day. One aspect of sunscreen I admittedly didn’t think about until just a few years ago is how detrimental its impact is on marine life and reefs. Oxybenzone is a chemical found in most mainstream sunscreens — it works to prevent sun damage, but is also carcinogenic and harmful to coral. The chemical makes coral more susceptible to bleaching and damages its DNA, interfering with reproduction and killing dependent marine life in the process.
Personally, I’ve moved on to mineral-based sunscreens since they are reef safe and gentler on skin — especially my sensitive type. Finding a mineral-based, like zinc, sunscreen is actually pretty easy, it’s just a matter of knowing what to look for. Yes, the word zinc usually elicits thoughts of comically thick, white glue on a nerd’s nose in a John Hughes movie, but it has come a long way since the 1980s.
All Good, for example, is a zinc-formula sunscreen that rolls on light and isn’t greasy. I’ve recently been using the sport sunscreen spray and mineral sport sunscreen lotion (both SPF 30) and really like how it feels and works. It’s technically unscented, but almost smells like oatmeal, and the ingredients are organic, including aloe leaf juice, shea butter and green tea extract, among others.
All Good is cruelty-free (another must for me), a Certified-B corporation, GMO free, vegan and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes — perfect for the kids spending an extended period of time kicking around in the ocean, forgetting all about the sunblock.
Switching to a mineral-based formula with zinc can feel like a stretch at first, so I recommend trying the spray. It goes on light and sits easy on the skin. It takes a few seconds to absorb, but I actually think my sensitive skin is better after use. There’s also tinted sunscreen users can wear all day, to work, functions or the beach, and it acts as a daily moisturizer.
Father’s Day is right around the corner and Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is ready to help you spoil and celebrate the great men in your life. Destin-Fort Walton Beach is home to 24 miles of sugar-white-sand beaches and emerald waters with plenty of dad-favorite experiences and activities for the perfect Father’s Day celebration. With nearshore and offshore fishing to unique water adventures and delicious dining options, there are endless ways to celebrate dad.
With vaccinations now available to young teens, we wanted to celebrate our newfound freedom to travel with our teenager, Mary. As we considered where to go, June’s unusually warm weather immediately made Mary think of Maine’s beaches, uncrowded before the summer tourist season.
Velas Resorts in Mexico offers summer savings, perfect for a family getaway. Guests can take advantage of suite upgrades, 50 percent discounted stays for kids and teens, half-off round-trip airport transfers, complimentary hydrotherapy and up to a $300 resort credit for couples or family experiences. Early check-in and late check-out are available at select properties.
After the past year, no one really needs an excuse to get away and go on a well-deserved vacation. Whether you are looking for a weekend family getaway or a week-long trip, Virginia Beach is the place for you. With brand-new amenities, offers, activities and more, you can’t go wrong.
Families can enjoy the nostalgia of summer camp without tents, bugs or rain during Great Wolf Lodge’s Summer CampIn celebration, offering several exclusive, limited-time offerings alongside the resort’s indoor waterpark with slides, rafts and water play areas for all ages.