Standard sunscreens are incredibly toxic. Our skin absorbs anything we put on it. The skin itself is the body's largest organ and while it protects us from a lot of unwanted invaders, the reality is, any and all toxins applied to the skin will, more often than not, end up in the blood stream and in the body itself. Chemical sunscreens have been shown to increase the risk of cancer and cause hormone disruption. If the entire goal of wearing sunscreen is to prevent overexposure, improve quality of the skin and DECREASE the risk of melanoma, shouldn't we be using something that is natural?
This DIY sunscreen varies in its potency and SPF coverage and should be used with caution. Make sure to stay out of the sun whenever possible and make smart decisions about covering up exposed skin whenever possible.
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax
1/4 cup shea butter
3 Tbsp non-nano zinc oxide (won't be absorbed into the skin)
1 Tbsp vitamin E oil (optional)
5-15 drops an essential oil of your choosing (I love vanilla and coconut)
Place olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beezwax in a double boiler or in a mason jar that is sitting in saucepan with 2 inches of water. Heat until oils and beeswax are entirely melted. Add the vitamin E oil and essential oils and then stir in the zinc oxide until well combined.
Pour into a container of your choosing and cool entirely.