The seasons are changing and summer is bringing in the hot weather. The sun is going to be out longer and get more and more intense as the days pass. So, it is important to be aware of the sun exposure you and your family are receiving.
A good way to counter the harsh rays from the sun is sunscreen, but did you know that store-bought sunscreen can be some of the most toxic and chemical ridden product that people put on their skin?!
If this comes as a surprise to you, here is why sunscreen can be potentially harmful to you:
Recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reported warnings against commercial sunscreens because of the harmful chemicals inside. Chemicals such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate have been found in most sunscreens. According to the EWG, these chemicals are “endocrine disruptors, estrogenic and may interfere with thyroid and other hormone processes in the body.”
As a matter of fact, in a recent study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, they found that 96 percent people had oxybenzone in their system. This is the most common chemical found in sunscreens and can cause a reduced sperm count in men and has been shown to relate to endometriosis in women.
So, what is a health-conscious person to do? You don’t want yourself or your family to get sunburnt, but you also don’t want harmful chemicals soaking into your body. Well, with a few household ingredients and some essential oils, you can have your own safe-to-use, homemade sunscreen!
-1/4 cup coconut oil
-1/4 cup shea butter
-1/8 cup sesame or jojoba oil
-2 tbsp. beeswax granules
-1-2 tbsp. zinc oxide powder (optional)
-1 tsp. red raspberry seed oil 20-30 drops
-carrot seed essential oil
-Essential oils of your choice (lavender, rosemary, vanilla, and/or peppermint are nice)
1. Melt the coconut oil, sesame or jojoba oil, beeswax, and shea butter together using either a double boiler or a small oven pan on low heat. Once the beeswax melts (it will be the last to melt) move on to step 2.
2. Let the mixture cool. After it has reached room temperature, (optional) add the zinc oxide and whisk it together with the rest of the mixture. If small lumps are left in the mixture do not worry, they will be taken care of in step 4.
3. Place the mixture in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
4. Remove from fridge and, with a stand mixer or hand mixer, begin to whip in the oils until they have mixed completely, leaving a light, soft butter.
Store the finished product in a glass jar inside of the refrigerator when not being used. You can apply the homemade sunscreen the same way you would any other. But be aware, a little bit of this buttery mixture will go a long way!
Now you have a safe sunscreen for the whole family. Share this summer hack and save your skin!