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Posted on February 25, 2020

Reef-Friendly Sunscreen: What It Is and Why It Matters

Coral reefs are turning white...

The same way we turn pale when we’re sick.

Half of the Great Barrier Reef is dead, and about one-fifth of the world’s coral reefs have already been lost or severely damaged.

The Philippines, once hailed as "The Center of the Center” of Marine Biodiversity, is now in danger of coral reef degradation.

Initial Findings of the Nationwide Assessment of Coral Reefs show that a third of the corals have been destroyed in the last 20 years. “These values indicate a marked decline in the condition of local reefs over the last four decades,” the study said.

Reefs are disappearing twice as fast as rainforests. If this continues, corals could be gone in 30 years.

Consequences could be severe.

More than just gorgeous underwater decorations, corals are living organisms that provide life, livelihood, and protection: 

  • Life by serving as homes to fish that deliver nutrients such as iron, zinc, and calcium to approximately 3.2 billion people.
  • Livelihood by providing income to local economies through fishing, recreation, and tourism.
  • Protection by acting as a barrier between land and the ocean, safeguarding our shorelines from erosion, waves, storms, floods, and even tsunamis. 

Without corals, livelihoods will diminish, coasts will erode, fisheries will fail and tourism will start to decline.

Are you a part of the problem?

Aside from common culprits global warming, plastic pollution, and destructive fishing practices, recent studies have found that some of the most popular chemical sunscreens contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, substances known to be harmful to corals. 

Once in contact with water, these chemicals weaken corals’ defenses, damaging their DNA and interfering with their growth as well as reproduction. As these ingredients’ concentrations increase, the degree of coral bleaching also increases. 

The FDA has spoken

Aside from contributing to the killing of coral reefs in the ocean, studies have also shown that oxybenzone and octinoxate pose a risk to human health, affecting reproductive systems and increasing hormone-related cancers, which is exactly why some countries have started banning popular sunscreens containing these ingredients.

Shedding more light on sunscreen absorption, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a new set of regulations for sunscreen safety, declaring only two ingredients safe and effective—zinc oxide and titanium oxide—the main components of natural sunscreens. 

Protect the seas as you protect your skin

It’s not enough that your sunscreen is good for you. It should be gentle on the environment, too. Be an ally in the fight to save corals by using Human Nature SafeProtect SPF30 Sunscreen PA++++ (50g, P299.75), the #1 natural, reef-safe sunscreen in the Philippines.*




S.O.S. (Save Our Seas), it’s a #SEAmergency!

The first locally-made, all-natural sunscreen in the country, Human Nature SafeProtect SPF30 Sunscreen PA++++: 

  • Shields skin against aging & skin-damaging UVA rays that may cause skin cancer with the highest rated PA++++ protection
  • Obstructs 97% of skin-burning UVB rays with broad-spectrum SPF30
  • Safeguards our corals with all-natural, reef-friendly ingredients

Thinking of your tiny tots? Keep them safe from the sun as they have fun with SafeProtect SPF30 Sunscreen for Babies & Kids PA+++ (P299.75). Made for children 6 months and older, this kid-friendly sunscreen is specially formulated to protect young skin from 97% of skin-burning UVB rays and guard the skin against harmful UVA rays. Like the SafeProtect Sunscreen for Adults, it cares for marine life with its 100% natural formulation. Plus, it comes in a mild sunshiny vanilla-orange scent kids will surely love.

Remember: We can’t have a healthy planet without a healthy ocean.

Save the seas one sunscreen at a time with Human Nature SafeProtect SPF30 Sunscreen PA++++ and SafeProtect SPF30 Sunscreen for Babies & Kids PA+++ available in all Human Nature stores. Find a Human Nature store near you via humanheartnature.com/branches or get it online at humanheartnature.com/buy.

*Based on the July 2019 Euromonitor International Report: Sun Care in the Philippines

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