You know that sunscreen is a must on those hot summer days. You don’t want to deal with major problems later on. However, those sunscreens on the market aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be. Most contain chemical filters that cause more harm than good. Even though they may be effective, the chemical filters can be toxic. The names alone are frightening: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Your little tube of sunscreen could be a chemical cocktail that contains three or all six filters. If you’re trying to be kind and gentle to your body, you don’t want those chemicals and the potential dangers they carry.
Oxybenzone is the biggest culprit. According to EWG.org, this chemical filter is included in 80% available sunscreens. However, the EWG says buyers beware. When this chemical is absorbed in the skin, it can wreak havoc. From hormonal imbalance to problems with the female reproductive system and fetal development, dabbing this product on the skin isn’t worth the price that you will play.
Rather than play roulette with your health by using unnatural products, why not choose an all-natural alternative? The experts from Skana spa of the New York resort Turning Stone have contributed this recipe for a chemical free sunscreen that you can make right at home.
What You Need
- 1/4 Cup Diaper Rash Cream
- 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Butter
- 1 Tablespoon of Aloe Vera
- 1 Teaspoon of Sesame Seed Oil
- 1 Teaspoon of Beeswax
To prepare your home-brewed sunscreen, thoroughly stir all of your ingredients in a glass bowl. Boil a pot of water and set the glass on top, allowing the ingredients to melt together. Be careful not to allow water into the bowl. From that point, allow it to cool and store it in the fridge or a dry place. You can use a plastic container.
Diaper rash cream contains zinc oxide, a good way to prevent skin from chapping. Cocoa butter is a good moisturizer. Coconut oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Aloe Vera’s glycoproteins reduce burns and inflammation. Sesame seed oil as antibacterial properties, while beeswax is a skin protectant. Combine them all together for a powerful way to block the sun’s rays. It may take a little time for preparation, but your skin will thank you.
Michelle Pino has contributed this recipe based on the knowledge she has learned while working as spa manager at Skana, one of New York’s finest spas. When Michelle isn’t working you will find her baking, crafting, reading a magazine or catching up on her favorite TV shows. If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact Michelle via email at email@example.com