For my generation, the application of sunscreen has been given the importance of life or death, literally. With skin cancer rates on the rise, there is an urgency to protect ourselves from that deadly sun. Problem is, while the sunscreen craze is at its ultimate high (queue Baz Luhrmann), skin cancer rates are still rising. The fact is, most sunscreens contain toxic, homone-disrupting chemicals that may actually promote free radicals and even skin cancer! On top of that, our avoidance of the sun has left us chronically vitamin D deficient, which has been linked to many diseases, including MS, osteoporosis, heart disease, deadly cancers and even serious complications during pregnancy.
Personally, I feel a safe amount of daily sun exposure is essential to health. When length and intensity of exposure becomes unsafe, I cover up, and when that is not an option, sunscreen is my last resort. Now with a baby, I’m always conscious of what I’m exposing him to and the ingredients in commercial (even some natural) sunscreens makes me extremely uncomfortable, so after some research, I felt that making my own was the only alternative. While sun protection was the ultimate goal, I wanted take it one step further and make something that would actually nurture my skin. Being a new Mom, I also needed something that I could quickly throw together without too much hassle.
After my first attempt, I have to say, I was thrilled with the results. It took literally 6 minutes to make, there was virtually no mess, it smells like cocobutter instead of that awful sunscreen smell, and most importantly, while I can’t offer an official SPF level, we tested it out at the beach in moderate sun exposure and we remained well-protected. And did I mention it’s water-resistant?
So here we go…
INGREDIENTS (All can be found in most health food stores)
1/4 cup Coconut Oil (SPF 5)
1 tsp Carrot Seed Oil (Claims of SPF 35-40, however, I haven’t been able to find the scientific data to back this up)
1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
Combine cocobutter, beeswax and zinc in double broiler (I use a glass measuring cup in a pot with a couple inches of water) over low/medium heat for about 3 minutes or until beeswax is nearly melted. Remove from heat (wax will continue to melt), let cool for two minutes and stir in coconut oil, carrot seed oil and vitamin e oil. Pour into small glass mason jar and it’s ready to use!