Ushering in the age of ocean-friendly sunscreen: How Botanical Brands are leading market innovation


As global awareness of energy conservation, carbon reduction, and environmental protection continues to increase, consumers are paying more attention to natural ingredients and their environmental impact when choosing beauty and skin care products. However, ocean-friendly sunscreen products are becoming the new market standard as summer approaches. This shift is not only changing consumer choices, it’s also prompting botanical beauty brands to incorporate ocean-friendly properties into their sun care products. This article explores the innovation trends of Botanical brands in the field of ocean-friendly sunscreen, focusing on UNICARE Biotechnology’s leading practices in this field.

The Importance of Ocean-Friendly Sunscreen:

Even trace amounts of harmful sunscreen ingredients can severely impact marine ecosystems.    According to the Coral Reef Alliance, one drop of harmful sunscreen can cause lasting bleaching effects on ocean corals, highlighting the importance of choosing harmless ingredients.   In the face of the global coral reef bleaching crisis, it has become a brand’s responsibility to choose ingredients that do not harm the ocean.

Ocean-friendly sunscreen innovations from a Botanical  brand:


As ocean-friendly sunscreens become a major trend this summer, more and more consumers advocating a natural lifestyle are choosing products with plant-based ingredients and environmentally friendly formulas.    Plant-based brands should avoid using chemicals that are harmful to coral reefs and instead follow the lead of international brands and launch sunscreens that contain plant extracts and ocean-friendly claims.    Let’s explore ocean-friendly sunscreen products from renowned plant-based brands:

Clarins – Clarins Sun Care Cream High Protection for Body SPF 50+

Rich in plant extracts such as white tea extract and mango leaf extract, providing high-efficiency sun protection while nourishing the skin. Beneficial to the skin and coral-safe, featuring SunPlantComplex that is water and sweat-resistant.

Caudalie – Anti-Wrinkle Face Suncare SPF 50

Free from harmful chemicals to marine ecosystems such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, using grape water and grape seed extracts to provide antioxidant protection and efficient UVA/UVB defense.

REN – Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30

Contains natural zinc oxide and plant ingredients like rice starch, providing soothing and protective effects without heavy metal pollution, maintaining ocean health.

Biossance – Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA+++

This sunscreen is part of their ocean series, containing seaweed extract and marine plants, offering antioxidant and moisturizing benefits, and free from chemicals harmful to marine ecosystems.

Coola – Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Cucumber

Coola is renowned for its eco-friendly sunscreen products, known for using organic, natural ingredients. Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Cucumber is a mineral sunscreen free from chemicals harmful to coral reefs, with a refreshing cucumber scent.

Badger – Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30

Badger is a U.S. brand focused on natural ingredients, emphasizing ocean-friendly products. Badger Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30 is a transparent zinc oxide-based sunscreen that protects both skin and marine ecosystems.

Alba Botanica – Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sunscreen Green Tea SPF 45

This brand is dedicated to providing reef-safe sunscreen solutions. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sunscreen Green Tea SPF 45 contains green tea antioxidants, offering high-efficiency sun protection and an eco-friendly choice.

Summary of key trends and features of plant-based branded ocean-friendly sunscreens:



Unicare Biotech – Green Innovation Benefits of Ocean-Friendly Sunscreen:

Unicare Biotech is committed to creating sun protection solutions that are compliant with SDG 14 (sustainable use of marine resources).    By using sustainable plant-based ingredients and innovative technologies, we develop ocean-friendly sunscreen products that meet future market needs.    Our commitment to the environment is further demonstrated through carbon-reducing production processes and recyclable packaging.    Looking for the right ocean-friendly sunscreen products for your brand? Unicare Biotech’s specialized ODM production helps brands develop long-lasting UV protection against aging, tanning, and burns.    Contact us today to create your ocean-friendly sun protection solution.

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