Summer is here which means a lot of time in the sun.
According to the Environmental Working Group, safe suncreens must be free of oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate (a type of vitamin A), not have SPF above 50 and protect against UVA and UVB sunrays. However, according to the group, 56% of beach and sport sunscreens on the market contain the chemical oxybenzone.
The primary function of oxybenzone is to absorb ultraviolet light, but some research shows oxybenzone can be absorbed through the skin. And this chemical has been linked to hormone disruption and potentially to cell damage that may lead to skin cancer.
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Protect your skin this summer with this all natural DIY sunscreen made with essential oils and zinc oxide.
This recipe is roughly around SPF 20* with the help of Helichrysum essential oil and zinc oxide. Zinc oxide can absorb ultraviolet radiation of sun and protect the skin from sunburn and other damaging effects of UV radiation. Because it absorbs the broadest spectrum of ultraviolet radiation, the FDA has approved its use in sunscreen, lotions, creams, makeup, deodorant, soaps, and more.
*Note: this recipe is not suitable for SPF protection during water-related activities.
What you need:
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 2 tablespoons zinc oxide (you can purchase zinc oxide here as well as at some pharmacies)
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 12 drops Helichrysum essential oil
Note: You can purchase beeswax and shea butter at most health food stores.
Add everything except zinc oxide and Helichrysum essential oil in a medium sized glass mixing bowl.
Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat. Place the glass bowl on top of the saucepan so that the saucepan is cradling the bowl.
As the ingredients start to melt, stir occasionally to mix.
Once all ingredients are melted, remove from heat and let the mixture cool for 3 minutes.
Add the zinc oxide and Helichrysum essential oil and stir well to mix.
Note: Adding additional zinc oxide will increase the SPF factor.
Pour into a pint-sized tin or mason jar and store in a cool place (like a refrigerator). Use within six months.
If you are in a rush to head to the beach or pool, you can still make an effective sunscreen with fewer ingredients.
What you need:
1 tube Hand and Body Lotion
12 drops of Helichrysum essential oil
2 tablespoons of zinc oxide
Add ingredients to a 8-10 ounce empty lotion bottle and mix well by either stirring the mixture with a straw or shaking vigorously. Apply before sun exposure and reapply every couple of hours.
Note: this recipe is not suitable for SPF protection during water-related activities.
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