As of 2010, 40% of our reefs have already been in poor condition because of illegal fishing activities, destructive diving, and the release of toxic wastes. It may be difficult to protect our nature, especially if we are less aware of how to take care of it. The good news is that even the simplest things can help contribute for the welfare of our sea and the creatures living in it. In fact, I’ve learned that Human Nature’s 100% Natural Safe Block is reef-friendly, so the moment it was launched, I quickly grabbed one without any second thoughts.
P 549.75 – 200 g
P 224.75 – 50 g
Ingredients: Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, zinc oxide, hydrogenated castor oil, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut-derived), dicaprylyl ether, beeswax, Glycine soja (soybean oil), oryzanol (rice-derived), fragrance (all-natural), glyceryl caprylate, tocopherol, anisic acid
It comes in an impressive packaging with a very pleasant sea green color. However, you need to take note of the expiry date since it can be rubbed out easily upon several times of use. I hope they improve this. The smell is not as fragrant as the common sun blocks we know. Safe Block smells like coconut oil, but there’s nothing to worry about since it is not that overpowering. The cream is runny, but it feels thick, because it is a “physical sunscreen”. I used to wonder why the cream is so white and why it does not blend evenly my skin tone even if I’m fair-skinned. The reason for this is that a physical sunscreen works like a shield where it deflects the UV rays, while a chemical sunscreen works like a sponge where it absorbs UV rays. So, after all my water activities, there was still a small amount of white residue left on my skin. The white thin film that stayed on my skin means that the Safe Block is doing its job in shielding the skin and saving the reefs.
Will I recommend it? Yes! From the diagram below, it is demonstrated that PA and SPF are both important when buying a sunscreen. However, PA (photo aging protection) rating seems to do more on protecting the skin and Safeblock has the highest rating for photo aging protection. All in all, I’d say all the sunscreens I use—both commercial and natural—have the same effect on my skin. All the products I’ve used give me less tan and no sunburns. On the other hand, if I had to choose, I’d prefer using a sunscreen that could save our planet, too. Go for 100% natural!
Written by: Janine Daquio
Edited by: Katrina Pulvera
Photos: Janine Daquio