Easy-to-Make Natural Sun Block
I have recently been seeing and reading a lot information about just how toxic some sun blocks can be. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just published their 2014 guide to safe sunscreens. They reviewed over 2000 sunscreens and over 257 brands. They found more than 75% of the sunscreens contained toxic chemicals that can increase your risk of certain skin conditions and other health issues. How crazy is this? I thought I was wearing sun block to help keep my skin healthy! Well I was tricked again. I am not saying don't wear sunscreen, I am just saying find a better one! I whipped this one up for myself and I am enjoying it so far. You can change your carrier oil for the level of SPF you would like. Check out this chart below to see which carrier oils have what SPF.
What you need:
Simply add your essential oils into the spray bottle and fill with your carrier oil. Make sure you shake before each use. I chose coconut oil because it was handy and I don't burn very easily so an SPF of 2-8 is great for me. I plan to make a second batch with Raspberry Seed Oil from the health food store this weekend. That will give me well over an SPF of 28-50. Feel free to be creative with the essential oils you add, however know that three I added are specifically for their natural sun protection. DO NOT add citrus oils as they make us more sensitive to the sun.
Here are some chemicals to look for in your current sun block that can be unsafe. Check it out, you might be surprised what you fine!
List of Unsafe, Toxic Chemicals in Sunscreen
- Para amino benzoic acid
- Octyl salicyclate
- Menthyl anthranilate
I hope you have finding a more natural way :)