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DIY : Sunscreen!

It’s interesting to notice that in the years since sunscreen use began, skin cancer rates have actually risen. In fact, many reports show that most sunscreens actually raise skin cancer risk. This may be due in part to the fact that many sunscreens contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Pretty sad stuff!


Being that our skin is the largest organ of the body, and we readily absorb things applied topically through it into our blood, it’s a very quick way to take the wrong things into the system and disrupt our endocrine system.


Long story short, I made my own sunscreen. It has roughly 15-20SPF, and I find it works really well! We could have made it stronger with some different ingredients, but we worked with what we had and each one adds it’s own little bit of protection. I can't guarantee the exact number of SPF, and this won't entirely protect you from the sun, you still need to be responsible humans!

Bottom Line: Use common sense and get safe sun exposure. Don’t expose yourself too long, conversation up, use shade. Play safe in the sun kids.


In this recipe, I used essential oils for extra protection and also a nice nourishing factor for the skin and a pleasant smell. It is important to note, DO NOT use ANY photosensitive essential oils as they will ATTRACT the sun's UV rays to your skin and amplify the sun's heat. So let's avoid that one! All citrus oils are photosensitive, and always double check to be certain you are using sun-safe essential oils.


Another important note is about the zinc. We ONLY use non-nano zinc in our DIY suncreens so that we avoid it being absorbed into the bloodstream. So be certain when you purchase your zinc is says "non-nano" on the packaging!


INGREDIENTS:

☀️1/2 cup Shea butter

☀️1/2 cup coconut oil

☀️1/4 cup beeswax

☀️10-20 drops of essential oils

☀️1 tsp vitamin E

☀️ 4 Tbs non-nano zinc oxide


Other things to add to make it awesome

  • carrot seed oil (for WAY more spf)

  • Aloe Vera gel

  • If you have extremely fair skin, this may not be the batch for you. Or add some cacao to the mix to add a layer of darker protection!



TO MAKE:

- add beeswax into a pot and melt it

- add sheabutter into the pot

- add coconut oil into the pot

- stir all things together well & remove from the heat

-add your essential oils, Vit E & carrot seed if you are using it.

- add your essential oils, Vit E & carrot seed if you are using it.

- Mix everything thoroughly and then store into your chosen container


Important Note: Unlike most sunscreens, natural and homemade sunscreens may not be as waterproof or have as high (or broad spectrum) SPF. Homemade versions may not protect as fully against UVA and UVB rays. I am not recommending entirely avoiding sunscreen or getting too much sun that could lead to sunburn or sun damage.


Check out my Instagram Reel for a 'How-to" video: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CQjK1OsjwQH/


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