Because there’s more to these liquid formulas than just protecting your own skin

By Klyde Manansala | Lead photo by Ibarhm Razzan/Unsplash

It’s only January but summer is already making its presence felt. The start of the sporing season is also driving people outdoors and into the waters, too. But as much as you need to protect your skin from intense water workouts (assuming you incorporate open-water sessions into your trainings), it’s also important to defend yourself with proper sunscreen that can also preserve nature and keep the sea clean of harmful substances.


Why use eco-friendly sunscreens?

Last year, Hawaii passed a bill that bans the distribution of sunscreens containing chemicals that contribute to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean. Generic sunscreen brands contain ingredients that can seriously damage the ecosystem. Recent studies found that the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate are harmful to the coral reefs as these substances decreasing their defenses against bleaching, damaging their DNA, hurting their development, and disrupting the natural marine ecosystem. So, what are the best eco-friendly sunscreens to buy?


Magwai Reef-Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ (P599)

Magwai’s goal is clear: Protect the coral reef. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are two of the ingredients Magwai uses that are safe for marine life. Its ingredients provide SPF 50+ and broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Magwai Reef-Safe Sunscreen can basically deflect sun rays unlike chemical ingredients, which cause skin to absorb UV rays and convert them to heat.


Human Nature SafeProtect SPF 30 Sunscreen (P299)

Human Nature’s 100 percent natural ingredients ensures that their product is safe for the coral reef. Its SPF 30 deflects 97 percent of UVB rays with natural physical particles while also having the highest PA+++ or the amount of protection the sunscreen offers from UVA rays. PA+++ can help protect your skin from high-intensity skin-aging UVA rays.


Sun Bum Original SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion (P780)

All of Sun Bum’s products are strongly recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, the leading skin cancer prevention and information organization in the world. This moisturizing lotion enriches your skin with vitamin E to help decrease the chances of premature skin aging. Sun Bum is also made with reef-friendly and vegan ingredients designed to protect your skin against UVA rays. To avoid allergies, Sun Bum has also excluded ingredients such as oxbenzone, octinoxate, paraben, para-aminobenzoic acid, and oil.

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