DIY Sunscreen

Make Your Own Sunscreen

Store-bought sunscreens create some health issues. Most active ingredients in sunscreens are photoreactive. That means that when you wear them out into the sun, they can actually cause cell damage even as they protect you from a burn.

Homemade sunscreens are a natural alternative that can protect you from burns without the harmful side effects.

You’ll need:

· ½ cup coconut oil

· 2 tablespoons shea butter

· ½ cup beeswax

· 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

· Essential oil: Carrot seed or raspberry seed.

In a double boiler, gently melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax together. Remove from heat and stir in the vitamin E oil and 30 drops of the essential oil. Pour the mixture into silicon molds and cool it in the fridge. This will make a sunscreen bar that you can rub over your skin. Coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4. Carrot seed or raspberry seed oils each have an SPF of 30.

You can also stir in 2 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder when you add the essential oils. This will give you extra protection from the sun.

When you’re headed out for a picnic or a day at the beach, put a couple sunscreen bars in a baggie and store it in your cooler. They will soften in the hot sun, but will still work as sunscreen—it’s just not as easy to apply.

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