Today in this blog post, we shall know what exactly the sunscreen means and also the sunscreens with which ingredients must be avoided and finally how to make a Nontoxic Sunscreen for a regular daily usage purpose. This is good for adults and especially children whose skin cannot tolerate harmful chemicals.
What is Sunscreen?
Sunscreen, also commonly called sunblock, sun cream or sunburn cream is a chemical agent in the form of a spray, lotion, cream or other typical product that protects the skin from harmful UV exposure.
What is SPF?
SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is a measure of a sunscreen's product’s ability to prevent UV radiation from causing skin damage.
For decades, sunscreen manufacturers have insisted that the use of sunscreen will protect your health and help prevent the development of cancer, despite the lack of sufficient safety testing of different sunscreen ingredients. But many experts studying cancer have been led to a contradicting conclusion: that the use of sunscreens may even increase the risk of cancer, and sun exposure may reduce human cancer rates. Most sunscreens today contain chemical filters, and often include two or more of these chemical sunscreen ingredients: oxybenzone, octinoxate, retinyl palmitate, homosalate, octocrylene and paraben preservatives.
Can These Chemical Sunscreens Be Really Scary?
The Environmental Working Group says 56% of beach and sports sunscreens 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.
The Environmental Working Group and other toxicology experts believe that oxybenzone is linked to hormone disruption and potentially to cell damage that may lead to skin cancer. Chemical sunscreens have been found to accumulate in body fat and breast milk, and have even been linked to such hormonal disruptions as early onset puberty, low sperm count and breast cancer, as well as allergic reactions.
Alternative before you:
Conventional sunscreen can be full of harmful chemicals and toxins. Instead, try this homemade sunscreen recipe! It does protect your skin from getting burnt and also nourishes and hydrates your skin with essential vitamins and nutrients! Try it today!
According to my research, Homemade non-toxic sunscreen cannot have more than 30 SPF so should be used very often.
And Of course, it's worth it...!!!
Choose your homemade sunscreen SPF:
Different amounts of zinc oxide are needed depending on what SPF you would like your lotion to be. Choose the SPF, according to your purpose and usage.
For SPF 2-5: Use 5% zinc oxide
For SPF 6-11: Use 10% zinc oxide
For SPF 12-19: Use 15% zinc oxide
For SPF >20: Use 20% zinc oxide
1. Double-boiler (Make your own with a glass bowl over a simmering pot of shallow water)
2. 90g Coconut Oil– Organic extra virgin ones
3. 65g Carrier Oil– You can use virgin almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil or sunflower oil
4. 27.5g Shea Butter – Organic
5. Vitamin E oil – 2 capsules
6. Essential oil – You can add oil of your choice like Lavender, eucalyptus etc.(Optional)
7. 40g Zinc Oxide
Directions to prepare:
1. Add Coconut oil, Shea butter, and almond/jojoba/olive/sunflower oil in a double boiler. Prepare your own double boiler as suggested above in the first point of the ingredients list. Heat gently until Shea butter is just melted.
2. Remove from double boiler and allow to cool a little. Add zinc oxide, Vitamin E oil, and optional essential oils to the other ingredients.
3. Whisk it well and then carefully pour into container of your choice. This will take a few minutes to set up. Just walk away and leave it alone to quietly set up. Store it in a quality tight lid jar, preferably in the refrigerator.
How to Use:
Apply liberally to exposed skin. Reapply every few hours, or more often if swimming or sweating.
This is a successful combination of elements. My friends used this last summer and gave me a very positive feedback, I also gave it a try this summer and loved it so much. Of course, it will be a little bit greasy, but I felt it better for daily use when compared to the high chemical sunscreens. Since it does not have a high SPF you cannot stay back in the sun for more than 3 hours if so, it should be applied again.
Note: This homemade sunscreen has about a 6-month shelf life and should be refrigerated when not being used. Like any other sunscreens, the oils it contains are photosensitive, so do not leave your homemade sunscreen sitting out in direct sunlight. Keeping it in a cooler or Ice-bag will prevent it from melting at high temperatures when taking it to the pool or beach.
***Pictures depicted above are taken from google images***
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