Daily exposure to the sun is useful for overall health, but that could cause some issues. sunshine The best way for your body to create health protecting vitamin D is exposure. Use a non-toxic sunscreen like coconut oil or opt for a low-risk, safe sunscreen that doesn’t contain health-compromising ingredients, to protect against sunburn.
According to Bruce Fife, ND, author of Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut Oil, coconut oil applied on the skin protects against sunburn and cancer. Unlike Unprocessed coconut oil doesn’t block the UVB rays that are necessary for vitamin D synthesis. This oil protects the skin and underlying tissues from damage excessive exposure can cause. Instead of burning or turning red, coconut oil produces a light tan, depending on the length of time you spend in the sun.
You can produce more of a full spectrum sunscreen which will offer protection against UVA as well as UVB, by adding zinc oxide. But measuring the exact protection from homemade sunscreen is not precise so safe sun exposure should always be considered.
You probably know that cancer cells thrive in acidity but cease to exist in Alkaline environments.
Zinc oxide care must be taken to source high quality which is specifically formulated for the cosmetic industry, but it must be uncoated and not nano-particle grade. You should use a simple dust mask to avoid inhaling any of the zinc oxide dust. Zinc oxide to the sunscreen will leave a white hue on the skin as it isn’t absorbed within the skin layers.
This recipe for a natural homemade coconut oil sunscreen uses a variety of oils and produces more of a body butter. This natural homemade cream is safe for the whole family to use (but make sure that children do not ingest it either intentionally or unintentionally.)
Beeswax will give it slight water repellant properties. Added essential oils will be a matter of personal preference although in general citrus oils in particular should not be used as they are phototoxic meaning they will actually cause burning. Carrot seed oil has woody, earthy scent.
This presents a rich body butter, so a little goes a long way. All of these ingredients you can find online or at your local health food store.
Homemade Coconut Oil Sunscreen Recipe by Jessica Espinoza at Delicious Obsessions
- 1/8 cup sesame or jojoba oil
- 2 tbsp. beeswax granules
- 1-2 tbsp. zinc oxide powder (optional)
- 1 tsp. red raspberry seed oil 20-30 drops
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- Essential oils of your choice (rosemary, vanilla, lavender, and/or peppermint are nice)
- You need to use a double boiler, melt your coconut oil, sesame or jojoba oil, beeswax, and shea butter together. Melt beeswax last.
- After the beeswax is melted, you need to remove the mixture from the heat and let cool to room temperature. In case you’re using zinc oxide, whisk it in at this point, being careful not to create a lot of dust. But in case there are some lumps, that’s OK because they will break up when you whip the body butter in step 4.
- You need to move the mixture to the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
- After the tame left take the mixture out of the fridge and using a stand mixer or hand mixer, start to whip it. You should drizzle in the red raspberry seed oil, and any essential oils of your choice, and continue whipping until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- You should use as you would any regular sunscreen. Depending on your activity and exposure to water application rates. You should store in a glass container in the fridge between uses.