Have you ever wondered what your really applying to your skin, or even worse your children’s skin when you “spray” or rub on over the counter sunscreens? Well I sure have and so last year we made the switch to an all natural sunscreen that didn’t contain the toxic cocktail most sunscreens offer. With switching I noticed a few things…. Number 1- The price was way more expensive than your run of the mil sunscreen and Number 2. The sunscreen was pretty opaque and left a white residue all over our skin. I can get past the latter but the price was really hard for me to swallow, I mean $20 dollars for 87 ml (ouch). So after doing some research about what main ingredients are in the natural sunscreens I decided to make my own. In Nova Scotia the weather has been very summer(y) so I thought no better time than the present to whip up a batch of home-made sunscreen.
I believe that our bodies need some vitamin D, but our skin also needs to be protected during the suns most aggressive times of the day and of the year.
All Natural Sunscreen
1/4 cup of unrefined organic coconut oil
5 tbsp zinc oxide (I bought a no name brand without fragrance and 40% zinc content) * The higher the zinc content the higher the SPF
2 tbsp of grated local beeswax
3 small sections off my Aloe plant (squeezed and added to warmed distilled water)
1/2 cup distilled water
few drops of 100% Vitamin E oil
few drops of unrefined Grapeseed oil
* Heat coconut oil and grated beeswax in a double boiler and melt down completely
Remove from heat and add vitamin E oil
In a small pan warm distilled water and add natural aloe
add Grapeseed oil
blend in 5 tbsp of Zinc to the mixture, I used a mini food processor
let set in fridge for 10 minutes, repeat blending/ refrigeration until reaches desired texture.
Apply and go!
* Store in fridge for longer shelf life, approximately 2-4 months (re-apply after being in the water for proper protection)
Tested on my oh so sweet little lovely who has super sensitive skin and no reactions:) Try it out and let me know what you think. Enjoy the sunshine friends!
* I have no real way of detecting the SPF, I assume that it is at-least 20+SPF, based on the zinc content.