This reef-safe sunscreen is helping save the ocean, one bottle at a time

In 2050, it is expected that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. However, it’s not only plastic that harms and kills our marine life. Aside from continuous illegal fishing, dynamite fishing, and the like, harmful chemicals also pollute our bodies of water. Unknown to many, things even as simple as our sunscreen (even at a minimal amount) may contain ingredients that damage coral reefs and sea creatures. For those who love spending time at the beach, here’s a product that you might want to consider to help #SaveOurReefs.

As we celebrate World Ocean Month this June and plan the next beach trip for a quick weekend getaway, let us help preserve the beauty of the ocean in our own little way with this reef-same product — the MAGWAI Reef-Safe Sunscreen. MAGWAI (not to be confused with the name of a Gremlin) stemmed from two beach-lovers’ passion and admiration for the ocean and coral reefs. It may seem like corals are merely rocks that serve as homes to sea creatures, but they are actually made of thousands of tiny animals and are vulnerable and need protection too.

Have you checked if your go-to sunscreen contains oxybenzone, benzophenone-3, butylparaben, octinoxate or ethylhyxyl methoxycinnamate, and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor? These are just a few of the many toxic chemicals in our beach products that can cause severe damage to the corals and the living creatures that call it home. Simple actions such as checking what your products contain and being mindful of the sunscreen you choose can make a big difference.

MAGWAI Reef-Safe Sunscreen is designed with natural ocean-loving ingredients that also keep us safe from sun damage. It contains SPF 50+ broad spectrum, UVA and UVB protection, it’s water and sweat resistant, paraben-free and uses non-nano ingredients and boosts of all-natural ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide which are harmless to reefs and corals.

With World Ocean Month just around the corner, it’s a good time to be mindful of the small actions that can create a big impact in keeping the clean and clear hues of blue and green water, that always keeps us yearning for the ocean. When we’re privileged enough to live this close to the heart of the Coral Triangle, it’s a great way to begin small changes to our routines and habits and give back to the environment.

From what we know, MAGWAI is already available in the following locations:

Luzon – SESOU (Glorietta 2, Greenbelt 1, Market Market, Trinoma); Agos, Retail Lab, Glorietta 3; Cabanna Living, Powerplant Mall; Kubo by Piopio, Esteban St, Legazpi Village, Makati City; ROX, Bonifacio High Street; Things that Matter/Rags2Riches, UP Town Center; PUESTO, Plaza San Luis, Intramuros; Buceo Anilao Beach and Dive Resort; PSI-Professional Scuba Diving, Sitio, Bataan; ; Makai Bowls, La Union; San Juan Surf Resort, La Union; Tali Ti Amianan, La Union; TBX General Merchandise, La Union

Visayas – Nothing But H20, Boracay; Shangri-La Resort and Spa, Boracay; Shangri-La Resort and Spa, Mactan, Cebu; Kandaya Resort, Cebu; Evolution Diving Resort, Malapascua, Cebu; Thresher Shark Divers, Malapascua, Cebu; Club Paradise Coron, Palawan; Freediving, Coron, Palawan; Kalye Artisano Coron, Palawan; Red Carabao Coron, Palawan; Sangat Island Dive Resort, Coron, Palawan; Adventure Scuba, El Nido, Palawan; Cauayan Island Resort, El Nido, Palawan; Salt & Sun, El Nido, Palawan; Atlantis Dive Resort, Dumaguete

Mindanao – Alamat sa Siargao, Siargao Island; Cabanna at Kalipay Resort, Siargao Island

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