I know that Summer is already two thirds of the way over, but I always found that August was the hottest and sunniest month of all! So I figured this post was still worth sharing with you guys. I was contacted by a beautiful girl named Michelle, who works at a Spa in upstate New York.
Sunscreen and sun protection is kind of a hot topic. Yes, it is true that the sun has harmful UV rays that can cause skin cancer. We were always taught that we need to wear sunscreen in the summer and should wear it all year round. When I was in college, I worked at a day care/child care center and we were required to put sunscreen on the children whenever they would go outside in the summer. But recently, there have been a lot of studies that have come out that the chemicals that protect your skin from the sun are actually doing more harm than good.
Some of the chemicals in sunscreen have been shown to cause skin cancer at a higher rate that the sun would! Although I know a little bit about the subject, Michelle knows A LOT more. So she graciously wrote a blog post for me that I’m sharing with you today!
For all of you who want to protect your skin from the sun, but don’t want the harmful chemicals in sunscreens … Here is a simple DIY sunscreen recipe and some background information from Michelle!
DIY All-Natural Sunscreen, An Alternative to Dangerous Chemicals
Every time you purchase sunscreen from the store, you are purchasing a chemical method of blocking the sun. Commercial sunscreens on the market today contain chemical filters that block the harmful components in sunlight. One of the most common chemical filters used is oxybenzone. Oxybenzone is often combined with other chemical formulas like avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate to make a compound unique to each brand. As consumers, we buy these products without thinking about the compounds because we are concerned about sun safety, and because we are unaware of any safe alternative to commercial sunscreens.
The Environmental Working Group labels oxybenzone as one of the most problematic chemicals used in sunscreen formulas. They’ve found that the oxybenzone present in commercial sunscreens can penetrate the skin. Once inside the body, it has been known to cause allergic reaction or even to disrupt hormones and lead to fertility problems in women . One study even found that exposure to high rates of oxybenzone led to an increased risk of endometriosis for women. Endometriosis is a painful disease affecting women that is most effectively treated by a hysterectomy, the removal of the uterus and ovaries. This condition can be devastating for younger women, in particular.
Fortunately, there is a less well known alternative to chemical sunscreens. Mineral sunscreens often use titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, mineral compounds that do pose their own risks, but are not known to penetrate the skin, reducing the risk of any complications. Mineral sunscreen can even be made easily at home with some common household ingredients. The experts at Skana spa of the New York resort Turning Stone have contributed this recipe for an easy to make homemade chemical free sunscreen.
What You Need
1/4 cup Diaper Rash Cream
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon Cocoa Butter
1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
1 teaspoon Beeswax
Set up your double boiler. If you don’t have one, just place a glass or ceramic bowl over a pan of boiling water. Place all the ingredients inside and melt together until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a jar or glass container and allow to cool. Store in the fridge or another cool, dry place.
The minerals in the diaper rash formula, combined with the moisturizing capabilities of coconut oil, cocoa butter, and aloe vera create sunscreen that makes your skin feel good while protecting you from UVA and UVB radiation. Your skin will feel good, and your mind can rest easy from worries about hormone interference from the chemicals in your sunscreen.
http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/”>The Trouble With Sunscreen Chemicals
Thank you again to Michelle who wanted to share this information with all of you! I hope that some of you try it out! And if you want more DIY posts, let me know, I already have one in mind!