There are 2 kind of people, the ones concerned about their skin and use sunscreen and the ones who don’t care and just go natural. Now, it is a fact the ozone layer is not as protective as it used to be before. It doesn’t block all the UVA and UVB rays from the sun anymore. People are constantly encouraged to use some kind of protection on their skin, to prevent skin cancer. Another great thing to keep in mind is to not get direct exposure to sunlight during the hottest times of the day. If you’re still not convinced of the importance of sunscreen, you should watch How the sun sees you, it will really shock you!
Now that it’s clear why protecting your skin is so important, here comes the next question…
Why are store brand sunscreen so bad for you?
I invite you to go to your bathroom cabinet, grab any sunscreen and read (or try) to read the ingredients. How many did you recognized? How many were you able to pronounce? I came across this article a couple of days ago Sunscreen chemicals exceed safety levels in bloodstream after single use, FDA says. This proves what I’m trying to say here. Remember that your skin is the biggest organ in your body and EVERYTHING you put on it will be absorbed into your system. On top of that, if you’re going to a beach, you’ll leave all those chemicals in the ocean, which will then have an impact in the sea life. I’m so passionate about avoiding chemicals, that I wrote these 2 articles:
Basically, we need to protect our skin, but we also need to do it with good ingredients. Did you know the active ingredient in sunscreen that actually blocks UVA and UVB rays are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide? Everything else in your sunscreen is not necesary!
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup Shea butter
- 1 tsp jojoba oil / vitamin E
- 2 tbsp of Zinc Oxide (which will give it a 30 SPF)
- 20-30 drops of Essential Oils. I recommend doTERRA;s Essential Oils because they have the highest standards in the market. You can’t bargain with Essential Oils, otherwise you’re compromising their quality. Also, don’t use citric oils for this recipe, since they are photosensitive and might leave darker spots on your skin.
How do you make it?
Put the Shea Butter and the coconut oil in a small pot and heat it up until both melt. You can remove it from the heat and add the jojoba oil or Vitamin E. I’ve used Vitamin E both times I’ve made it and I love the consistency, so I guess this is what I’ll use from now on. Once you mix them, you can add the Zinc Dioxide until you get a homogeneous blend (no lumps). Finally add the Essential Oils. I love the blend of Cedar wood, Lavender and Geranium, it smells amazing! You can always use only one of them, or try some others.
From now on…
Enjoy your natural, toxic-free and chemical-free sunscreen. Remember that since you only need 5 ingredients to make it, and most of them are oils, you cannot expose it to the sun directly, or it will melt. Last year, when we traveled to Cozumel, Mexico during the summer, I carried all my oils and sunscreen in an Igloo backpack, I placed 1 bottle of frozen water in it, and I was good to go for the day. Now, let me tell you, this sunscreen works, I didn’t get burned during the whole trip, I tanned nicely. This is what I brought to my trip, check it out!
Please spread the word! It’s horrifying to know there’s so many people still using regular sunscreen
I hope you like this recipe, you can also check out The Best DIYs and keep experimenting with what you can create, have fun!