Make Your Own Safe And Natural Sunscreen At Home

Sunscreens have become an integral part of skincare regime in recent times, especially amidst raising awareness about sunburn and skin cancer. However, not many are aware that what we apply as a protective agent on the skin is actually a toxic substance to both the environment and health.

Several scientific studies have proven that sunscreens that are commercially available are mostly chemical-laden. Either they’ve mineral ingredients like titanium or zinc dioxides which act as physical barriers against harmful sun rays, or they contain chemical ingredients like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

Side Effects Of Using Synthetic Sunscreens

side effects of sunscreens

Prolonged use of sunscreen can negatively affect your body and the environment in various ways.

  • Hormonal disturbances: Almost all sunscreens contain the chemical oxybenzone, a UV filter, which can mess with the endocrine system in both men and women. It can lead to estrogen and thyroid imbalance in women and cause a reduction in sperm count in men.
  • Risk of skin cancer: Studies have proved that
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    a popular derivative of vitamin A, retinyl palmitate found in sunscreens can even hasten the growth of skin cancer cells. Particularly among children and women who are lactating or pregnant, sunscreen use is not advised due to the adverse effects.1
  • Environmental hazards: Recent research has also found out that sunscreen being washed off from the bodies of swimmers and divers are promoting the destruction of coral reefs. Oxybenzone can suffocate and destroy corals thereby leading to the endangerment of aquatic life.2

What Goes Into A Homemade Sunscreen

Ther’s no need

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to spend money on organic sunscreens which claim to be free from toxins when you can make one right at home. If you are a health-conscious individual, you will be more than happy to use this homemade, toxin-free sunscreen that won’t harm your health in any manner. Below are the ingredients and their uses.

1. Coconut Oil

coconut oil for sun protection

Unlike sunscreen, unprocessed coconut oil on application allows UVB rays that are necessary for vitamin D synthesis to enter your skin. It strengthens the skin and makes it less prone to sunburn. However, it’s important to use oil that’s pure and not processed. It even has an SPF of 4–7.3

2. Shea Butter

shea butter and sun protection

Shea butter has incredible moisturizing

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properties. It contains cinnamic acid that has strong anti-inflammatory, antibacterial. It has mild sun protective properties too that can prevent skin damage from excessive exposure to the sun.

3. Non-Nano Zinc Oxide

nano zinc oxide in sunscreens

Although zinc oxide is a broad-spectrum sun blocker that can reflect UVA, UVB and UVC rays. Many sunscreen lotions use nanoparticles of zinc oxide which are harmful to your health on skin penetration or inhalation. Using only non-nano sized zinc oxide particles are safer as they don’t penetrate the skin but give you overall sun protection.4

4. Beeswax

sun protection and moisturizing effects of beeswax

Beeswax is truly a gift from Mother Nature for total skin care. Its rich vitamin A content and

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moisturizing effect improves skin texture. It forms a layer against allergens and is very soothing for skin that’s already sunburnt. It gives the homemade sunscreen its water-resistance. It has a strong antioxidant and germicidal property too.5

5. Almond Oil

almond oil prevents skin tanning

Almond oil packed with proteins, vitamins B and E and healthy fats. Studies have proved that daily application of almond oil o the skin can provide sun protection as well as reverse the signs of aging.6

Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

recipe for homemade sunscreen

In addition to the ingredients below, you would need a double boiler and a mason jar to prepare this cream at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons of non-nano zinc oxide
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil

Steps:

  • Melt coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax together in the double boiler until they liquefy completely.
  • Stir in zinc oxide and almond oil for 5 minutes with your mouth and nose covered to prevent inhalation of zinc oxide.
  • Pour into the mason jar and store in a dry cool spot. The cream will thicken on cooling.

Apply the cream daily or whenever you are out in the sun. As the ingredients are all natural, your skin will thank you for using this homemade sunscreen.

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