There are toxic ingredients or endocrine disrupting chemicals present in many sunscreen products. Instead preventing it, they actually promote skin cancer or stimulate the production of free radicals in the body. In 2007, a document was issued by the FDA stating that they are not aware of any data that suggest sunscreen use can prevent cancer, in fact many report state the exact opposite.
These days the lack of sun exposure seems to be the bigger problem and many people suffer from Vitamin D deficient. This is not something to be taken lightly because lack of Vitamin D is connected with the most deadly types of cancer such as breast cancer and other health problems (especially with woman during pregnancy) like gestational diabetes, premature labor, pre-eclampsia and other.
Before exposing your body to sun it’s wise to take some precautionary measures like wearing a hat or a shirt even sunbathing at the beginning of summer when the sun is weaker.
Before we proceed to the recipe we thought it would be better if you get familiar with some of the ingredients first and their natural SPF. And one more thing: Since this natural sunscreen hasn’t been tested by any regulatory organization we cannot claim which is the combined SPF! Here we go:
- Almond Oil- SPF 5
- Coconut Oil- SPF 4-6
- Zinc Oxide SPF 2-20 (it depends how much will you`ll use)
- Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 25-50
- Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 35-40 and
- Shea Butter – SPF 4-6
Here are the Ingredients for our Homemade Sunscreen:
- ½ cup of almond or olive oil
- ¼ cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
- ¼ cup beeswax
- 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (Don`t worry this is a non-nano version, which means it can`t be absorbed into the skin. Just be careful not to inhale the powder).
- Optional: Add up to 1 teaspoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
- Optional: Add up to 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed Oil
- Optional: Add up to 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- Optional: Add 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
- Optional: Add Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts you love
- Step 1. Take a pint sized glass or a larger jar and combine them all together except the zinc.
- Step 2. Take a medium sized saucepan, filled it with a couple of inches of water and place it over medium heat.
- Step 3. Put a loosely lid on the jar and carefully place it in the pan filled with water.
- Step 4. You`ll notice how the ingredients start to melt in the jar as the water temperature rises. From time to time shake or stir. When all of the ingredients are melted add the zinc oxide, stir in well and finally pour it all into a tin or jar or something you plan to use for storage. Lotion pump is not a good choice because it will not pump well.
- Step 5. Make sure the zinc oxide is well incorporated by steering it sunscreen well for a couple of times.
Your sunscreen is now ready! Use it as if it’s a regular one within six months.