One of the biggest battles during the summertime for eco-friendly folks is what sunscreen to use. Sunscreens can absorb into the skin and often contain endocrine disrupters that interfere with hormone levels. Some of these chemical ingredients can potentially cause abnormal development in children such as early puberty or even hormone-based cancers, such as breast cancer. While this may be unsettling, there is good news – you don't have to rely on chemical-based sunscreens to block UV rays. Instead, you can call upon Mother Nature to protect your skin. This summer, instead of relying on those chemical-based sunscreens, make your own all-natural DIY sunscreen.
Making all-natural sunscreen can be as easy as taking a bottle of non-citrus lotion and adding a couple of tablespoons of non-nano zinc oxide. While you may think that zinc is bad for you – this variation of it does not absorb into your skin and your bloodstream, making it much safer to use. However, unless you're using organic lotion, there's no telling what chemicals are being absorbed into your skin through that.
If you want to make a comprehensive DIY sunscreen you can follow the recipe below:
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (SPF 6)
- 1/3 cup olive or almond oil (SPF 4)
- ½- 1 teaspoons carrot seed essential oil (SPF 40)
- ½ - 1 teaspoon red raspberry seed essential oil (SPF 30)
- 3 tablespoons shea butter (SPF 5)
- 2 teaspoons non-nano zinc oxide (SPF 10-25)
- 1/3 cup Beeswax (for water resistance)
Pro tip: when purchasing essential oils, be sure to get 100%!
1. Mix all ingredients except zinc oxide in a large glass jar such as a canning jar. You may adjust the essential oils to your liking but do not add more than 1 teaspoon, as it will overpower the mixture.
2. Fill a pot with a few inches of water and place it on medium heat. Loosely close the jar and place it in the water.
3. When the water heats up and the contents of the jar begin to melt, be sure to occasionally stir them so they become well blended.
4. After all the ingredients are entirely melted, add the zinc oxide and stir the mixture until it is cool. Be sure not to inhale the zinc oxide while adding it to the mixture. If you'd like to be cautious, use a mask or bandana to cover your face.
5. Once the mixture has cooled, you may transfer it to whatever container you'd like to use. I've found that baby food jars are a great size for traveling.
The SPF of this homemade product varies depending upon how much of each ingredient you use. Also keep in mind that the shelf life of this sunscreen is 6-8 months so if you end up with surplus, share the wealth!