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Where To Get Reef-Safe Sunscreens In The Philippines

Time to switch to a sunscreen that cares for both you and the environment!
PHOTO: (LEFT) Instagram/magwaiph, (RIGHT) Human Nature

Living in a tropical country has its benefits: The freedom to wear hubadera outfits all-year-round, an abundance of delicious fruits, and of course, easy access to the world's most beautiful beaches located throughout the whole archipelago.

Speaking of the beach, we’re sure that there’s one thing you always have in your luggage during every trip—sunscreen! Protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays is a must before you hit the water. But did you know that most sunscreens pose a risk to marine life? Which is why we suggest switching to reef-safe sunscreen—a relatively new type of sunblock that not only cares for you but also for the environment.

(Ed's note: It's highly recommended to apply SPF product every single day and not just when you're at a summer trip.)

What are reef-safe sunscreens?

Basically, reef-safe sunscreens are sunblocks that are made without oxybenzone and octinoxate. Studies have shown that these two components, which are found in most common sunscreens, harm marine life. How? They may damage coral DNA by limiting their ability to reproduce. Also, these UV-absorbing chemicals contribute to coral bleaching which happens when “the life-sustaining algae that normally [lives] on coral vanishes, due to changes in ocean temperatures, stress, or pollution.”

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You may learn more about it here:

Reefs At Risk - Hawaii bans sunscreens with oxybenzone

Want to switch to a sunscreen that cares for both you and the environment? Check these out:

  1. BeachBorn Sunscreen Bar

    This sunscreen bar is made with ultra-moisturizing components such as virgin coconut oil and shea butter. It goes without saying that it doesn’t just protect you from the sun—it makes your skin super soft, too!

    BeachBorn Sunscreen Bar, P195, BeachBorn


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  2. Rraw Waterbaby Watermelon Sunblock SPF75

    This sunscreen spray makes reapplying SPF throughout the day super easy!

    Rraw Waterbaby Watermelon Sunblock SPF75, P305, Shopee


  3. Human Nature Safe Protect SPF 30 Sunscreen

    CGs with sensitive skin know the struggle of finding products that are safe for their delicate complexions. Well, the search for the perfect sunblock is over because this one from Human Nature doesn’t contain any parabens or synthetic fragrances that may irritate their skin.

    Human Nature SafeProtect SPF 30 Sunscreen, P299, Human Nature


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  4. Tito Zinco 100% All Natural Reef-Safe Facial Sunblock

    The best thing about this all-natural sunblock is that it can stay on your skin for up to four hours (most only offer two-hour protection). Also, it comes in a travel-sized tin container that will fit in your toiletries kit.

    Tito Zinco 100% All Natural Reef-Safe Facial Sunblock, P340, Ecopotions PH


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  5. Magwai Reef-Safe Sunscreen

    Magwai's sunscreen doesn’t harm ocean life, and its packaging can be recycled. You may drop off your empty Magwai sunscreen tubes in recycling bins found in their partner stores.

    Magwai Reef-Safe Sunscreen SPF50, P599, Magwai


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