Make your own organic sun cream!
You’ll remember last week we told you all about the dangers lurking in over-the-counter sun creams and lotions, so as we promised, here, is a recipe for a completely natural, home-made version.
They are also easy to get hold of, and just in case you were wondering, because the recipe contains zinc oxide at 12 per cent, this means the sun cream will have a sun protection factor (SPF) of around 10 to 12.
The recipe won’t break the bank either – unlike many store-bought sun lotions, oils and creams. In fact you can customize it based on what you have available.
1 ounce oil blend (you can use coconut, olive, sesame, red raspberry or one of your own particular favorite oils.)
1 ounce beeswax (adds waterproof properties)
1 ounce butter blend (i.e. Shea butter, mango butter, or cocoa butter)
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
0.36 ounces zinc oxide powder
30 drops essential oils, (these are optional ut you can add your favorites for scent such as lavender, rosemary, geranium etc)
1. In a double boiler, over low heat, melt the oils, beeswax, and butters.
2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly prior to adding the vitamin E oil, zinc oxide powder, and essential oils. Note: Wear a mask when working with zinc oxide. Although it has not been proven harmful when used topically, inhaling the substance can be dangerous.
3. Stir until zinc oxide is dissolved.
4. Pour into a push-up or roll-up dispenser. This recipe will produce a product similar to a lotion bar or sunscreen stick. You could easily clean out and re-purpose a used deodorant or lip balm container.
5. Allow to cool and harden on the counter overnight and then you’re good to go! During times of heavy sun and swim exposure be sure to reapply often for the best coverage.
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