DIY Sunscreen–Ditch the Chemicals!
It’s sunscreen season folks! This Keto family spent all day in the water trying to beat the heat. To us summer is another opportunity to keep toxins off our bodies (after all your skin is your largest organ) while still protecting us from the suns rays.
I’ve been working on a natural sunscreen formula with naturally derived protection from essential oils for UVA and added non-nano zinc oxide for UVB rays. Coconut oil and Shea butter adds to the SPF and beeswax makes it water proof!! ALSO...added powdered cocoa (just a little) for a brown tint (woohoo!)— if you’re dark skinned like us, most all natural sunscreens on the market are super white and pasty and hard to spread.
This was easily spreadable and the color blended in perfectly into our tan complexions!! The results? 1 initial application, 6+ hours of direct sun/swimming and ZERO burns!
Here’s some interesting facts about the naturally occurring SPF of certain oils and ingredients:
What is so bad about normal sunscreens?
??♀️Many sunscreens on the market contain hormone disrupting chemicals that inhibit or interfere with our own body’s hormones and cell receptors. They are shown to contribute to organ system toxicity and even reproductive toxicity as well as contain pesticides. Not to mention their effects on the aquatic life are detrimental.
The main 3 bad-news chemicals are:
Why make your own?
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Recipe Yields: Approximately 6 oz of sunscreen
1/4 cup Shea butter
1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil (for double batch, only use 3/4 cup coconut oil)
2 tbsp beeswax (optional for water proofing)
2 tbsp non-nano zinc oxide
1/2-1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa** (optional for a tint or use Savvy minerals foundation)
20 drops raspberry seed oil
15 drops carrot seed EO (about 1 tsp)
10 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandlewood (optional)
10 drops Geranium or Lavender
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Arlene Santos is a Certified Health & Nutrition Coach and works with women and families to implement achievable nutrition plans centered around primal, nutrient dense foods that are easy to prepare, kid-friendly and delicious. She believes that every woman and mother deserves to feel energized, focused, healthy, lean, happy and confident. As purveyors of nutrition within our own households, mothers have a unique opportunity to change the definition of "healthy foods" in their families. Arlene empowers women to take back their own health, fill and strengthen their cups, so they can advocate for wellness in their families.