SUN SAFETY: KNOW YOUR FACTS

Why Mineral Sunscreen is Best.

 

Fishing and other outdoor sports expose you and your skin to the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. Reeler’s Shield was specifically designed to protect anglers of all ages with an eco- and reef-friendly product that reflects those harmful rays instead of absorbing them like traditional sunscreens.

 

Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, and over 90% of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure or indoor tanning. Understanding how sunscreens work is vital to choosing one that is truly effective.

Reeler’s Shield mineral based sunscreen contains NO HARMFUL CHEMICALS, goes on dry, and provides TRUE BROAD-SPECTRUM PROTECTION THAT BLOCKS 97% OF UV RAYS. It is also REEF- AND ECO-FRIENDLY.

SAY YES TO

SUN PROTECTION

SAY NO TO SKIN CANCER

Why Mineral Sunscreen is Best.

 

Fishing and other outdoor sports expose you and your skin to the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. Reeler’s Shield was specifically designed to protect anglers of all ages with an eco- and reef-friendly product that reflects those harmful rays instead of absorbing them like traditional sunscreens.

 

Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, and over 90% of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure or indoor tanning. Understanding how sunscreens work is vital to choosing one that is truly effective.

SKIN CANCER IS THE MOST

COMMON CANCER IN THE U.S.

 

ONE in FIVE Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and one person dies from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every hour.

Broad spectrum sunscreen
Protects your skin from the sun’s UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. This helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging like age spots, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

 

What about SPF?
Sunscreens are rated by their sun protective factor (SPF) rating. It’s important to know that no sunscreen can filter out 100% of the sun’s UVB rays; the AAD recommends using an SPF 30 or higher.

  • SPF15: filters out 93% of UVB rays
  • SPF30: filters out 97% of UVB rays
  • SPF50: filters out 98% of UVB rays

 

Water resistant
Sunscreens labeled as water resistant stay effective for 80 minutes in the water; after this, you’ll need to reapply. Even if your skin remains dry while using a water resistant sunscreen, you’ll need to reapply every 2 hours.

Chemical Sunscreen

Chemical sunscreens consist of chemicals such as oxybenzone and avobenzone that are effective in filtering UV rays, but may begin to breakdown and lose their effectiveness when exposed to UV rays. They can also be absorbed into the body through your skin, be related to skin allergies, and cause hormone disruption in the body. Recently the FDA proposed banning many of these chemicals. They are absolutely not eco friendly.

Skin with chemical-based sunscreen.

Mineral Sunscreen

Mineral sunscreens commonly contain zinc and/or titanium oxide. They are not related to skin allergies, do not break down with exposure to UV rays, have less than .01% of skin absorption and do not cause hormone disruption. Now there are also “Super Zincs” that reflect both UVA and UVB rays while staying friendly to our reefs. Keeping anglers safe and doing so in a way that does not harm the fragile eco system we as anglers love was absolutely key when we developed Reeler’s Shield.

Skin with Reeler’s Shield mineral-based protection. 

Chemical Sunscreen Restrictions

 

Many popular vacation destinations have begun to discourage or even outright ban the sale of non-biodegradable chemical sunscreens.  Natural preserves throughout the Riviera Maya will request that visitors use nature-friendly physical sunscreens, and charge extra for such products if you buy them on-site.

 

Other locations like Key West, FL, Hawaii, Palau, and the island of Bonaire will be enacting sales bans on sunscreens containing the reef-damaging chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate by 2021.

Sun Safety Links

At Reeler’s Shield, we believe that knowledge is power.  Explore these links to learn more about protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, and click on the links below to download our handy, informative PDFs that you can share with your friends, family, and teammates.

Get Your Shield Up! featuring Hank Cherry

Sun Safety Bulletin