While it is important to protect your skin from sun radiation year round, it is especially important to be protected in the summer as we spend more time outside. Sunscreen is a great option for protecting your skin, but many commercial sunscreens have toxic chemicals in them. One common ingredient found in many sunscreens is called oxybenzone. Its effects include weak estrogen, moderate anti-androgen; associated with altered birth weight in human studies (Environmental Working Group). Along with personal risks, it also has been deemed toxic to juvenile corals and other marine life (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
A great way to protect your skin without exposing yourself and the environment to toxic chemicals is to make your own sunscreen! This way you know exactly what you are putting on your body.
- 1 cup of Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 2 tablespoons of Zinc Oxide
- 1 teaspoon of Carrot Seed Oil
- 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil
- 25 drops of Essential Oil*
- 1 teaspoon of Bee’s Wax (optional)
- a glass jar
* Chamomile, Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca (tea tree), and Peppermint all promote skin healing and include natural SPF!
Be sure NOT to use any essential oils with citrus in them, they are photosensitizing and can cause sunburn.
- Combine all ingredients except for essential oil and zinc oxide in the glass jar
- Use a double-boiler to warm ingredients by filling a small pot with 2 inches of water on stove over low to medium/low heat
- Place jar in pot and stir contents until ingredients are mixed
- Add in zinc oxide, stir until mixed well, remove from heat and add in essential oils
- *If you add a teaspoon of melted beeswax to this recipe, it will make the sunscreen waterproof
- Store in a cool place