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Homemade Natural Sunscreen

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 I remember reading an article years ago that stated something to the fact that the dangers of sunscreen far out way the dangers of the sun.  Sadly, both chemical sunscreen and the sun can cause cancer due to the harmful chemicals added and the strong rays of the sun.  I thought that was a pretty profound statement to make.  It wasn’t until years later and lot of research, that I got it.  The chemicals that are put in sunscreen get absorbed in our bodies through our bodies largest organ, the skin.  The skin absorbs everything we put on it, so why are cosmetic companies filling them with toxic chemicals?  They are cheap.

With more and more people using sunscreen, and sunscreen with a high SPF (50+), why does the incidence of skin cancer continue to rise?  It makes you wonder if the use of chemical sunscreens actually do not protect us from melanoma and might actually increase the risk of its occurrence!

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Vitamin D deficiency is also on the rise and I am one who happened to be deficient! SPF 15 blocks 99% of the suns rays ability to provide Vitamin D for our body!  We must get sunshine daily to prevent cancer, heart disease, and depression and getting outside in the sunshine will also give you a natural energy boost!

I truly believe in the suns natural medicine.  I don’t cover my kids in sunscreen before we leave the house.  I let them get a daily dose of natural Vitamin D daily outside… for their health!  However I am also all for anti-aging.  I do not want my kids or myself to have leathery skin when we are older!  I protect my face.  I wear a hat when I am outside for extended periods of time (I wish my boys would wear them!) and we will wear natural sunscreen.   Here are some fantastic brands of natural sunscreens that are safe for you your family…

 

Natural Sunscreen
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 1. Badger Sunscreen– Organic, Safe and has a variety of options for the whole family!

2.John Masters Organics – Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, 2 fl oz liquid – Only offered in SPF 30.  High quality, but costly.

3.Seventh Generation Sunscreen– A great brand, but also only comes in SPF 30.

4.Aubrey Sunscreen– This one has a fantastic spray bottle available for those hard to reach places!

5.Honest Natural Sunscreen– Available in SPF 30 only.

 

IF YOU WANT TO SAVE A BUCK… OR FIVE… MAKE YOUR OWN!

I just ran out of my favorite brand of natural sunscreen so I thought I would make my own!  I happened to have all the right ingredients since I already make my own natural diaper cream and body butter, so it was simple to make!  The key is always having the ingredients on hand! Try my latest recipe!  I added links to Amazon to make it easy to find the ingredients 🙂

Homemade Natural Sunscreen

Ingredients

Natural sunscreen recipe
Begin my melting the beeswax, raw shea butter, and coconut oil in the double boiler

 

Natural sunscreen recipe
Remove from heat and add sweet almond oil, and vitamin E. You may need to put back on the heat to melt if you see it start to solidify. Stir to combine.

 

Natural sunscreen recipe
Add the Zinc Oxide

 

Natural sunscreen recipe
Use a whisk to ensure the Zinc doesn’t clump.

 

Natural sunscreen recipe
Add the essential oil if using and set aside to cool for about an hour or so.

 

Natural sunscreen recipe
It will be a thick lotion almost like body butter. Scoop into your favorite containers.

 

Natural sunscreen recipe
I used two four oz mason jars… One for home and one for my diaper bag!

Although we need sun protection, some sun exposure is good for your health.   So make sure to get out there enjoy some natural light stay away from those toxic and chemically filled sunscreens!  Do your loved ones a favor and spread the word by sharing this post!  Help protect the health of those you care most about!

Do you have a favorite Natural Screen that I missed?  Share below!  WE LOVE FEEDBACK!

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19 thoughts on “Homemade Natural Sunscreen

  1. This is pretty much why I don’t wear sunscreen anymore. Plus, I’ve found that when I’m eating whole, unprocessed foods, I don’t burn. I was always the girl who would turn beet red after 5 minutes in the sun (blond, fair skinned, freckled), but since cutting processed foods I haven’t burned once. Working on a farm I am out in the sun every day, all day so that is nothing short of amazing.

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  2. That is so awesome Becca! Thanks so much for sharing that info!! Eating whole and natural ingredients truly are a gift of health… in every way! 🙂 I too am fair, blonde, and freckled so I know exactly what you mean!

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  3. I had no idea you could make your own sunscreen, this is great! I have been using Babyganics on the kiddos if we are at Seaworld or some place that they will fry for sure, but have you heard of Tickle Time? It’s a fairly new powder sunscreen that’s just made of pure minerals. I had initially bought it for the kids because I hate slathering them with sunscreen (although they love it!), but I have been using it more for myself! I am ridiculously prone to getting awful melasma on my face if I am even in the sun for 10 minutes, even if I have on spf 50 AND a hat! But with this I can be out in the sun all day and no ugly dark splotches come popping out! Plus since it doesn’t get absorbed into the skin I won’t get all greasy and break out from it 🙂 This is the website http://www.tickletimesunblock.com/

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  4. That is such a funny name… tickle time!!! haha I love it! I have not heard of it, but I will for sure check it out!!! I too get melasma on my face due to all my freckles that LOVE to pop out in the sun… even with sunscreen! I love the babyganics as well and have used it on my boys since they were babies (can you believe they are already going to be two!?)! Great product! I am SO going to try that tickle time! Thanks so much for letting us all know about it… especially since it is helping with the brown spots! 🙂

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    1. I have a couple of questions about this sunscreen- when it gets hot (ie. in beach bag) does it liquefy? I know it has coconut oil in it so I was just wondering if it holds it’s consistency. Also, does it rub in easily?

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      1. Hi! I does gett a little more “liquidy” but not watery. The bees wax helps it stay on the skin well. It does need to be reapplied as it is not waterproof. My next batch I am going to add a little more Zinc for extra protection as well. But it is does work well!

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  5. I have also read how lycopene is a natural sunscreen — so eat your sun-dried tomatoes or a teaspoon of tomato paste before going out:)

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    1. Jess, thank you for your comment! Well, these are just estimates, but if 3 tbs = spf 30, then 5tbs = spf 50! Keep in mind that coconut oil and shea butter also includes some natural protection 🙂 Let me know how it turns out 🙂

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