Most commercial sunscreens contain toxic ingredients and endocrine disrupting chemicals. In fact, in the years since sunscreen use began skin cancer rates have actually risen. In many cases commercial sunscreen use may actually promote skin cancer growth and free radical production. Fortunately natural ingredients (many found already right in your kitchen cupboard) can be used to make a very effective and therapeutic sunscreen without any questionable additives or ingredients.
Coconut Oil Sunscreen Ingredients:
¼ cup virgin coconut oil
5 tsp Zinc Oxide (An essential powdered mineral that prevents UV rays from penetrating the skin)
*Where to buy zinc oxide?
3 Tbsp aloe Vera (Best if pure Aloe Vera not bottled gel with alcohol or propylene glycol. May substitute olive, almond, or grapeseed oil)
½ cup filtered water or green tea (strained)
2-4 capsules of Vitamin E Oil (Aside from protecting skin from UV rays, also acts as a preservative – Now Foods sells an awesome and inexpensive Vitamin E Oil)
Beeswax (optional if you prefer thicker sunscreen)
Essential oil for scent (Optional)
Heat oils and aloe until just melted and mixed well
Combine oil and additional ingredients except zinc oxide in a blender
Blend or whisk ingredients until thoroughly mixed
Combine zinc oxide and essential oils (if desired) and stir thoroughly
Place in canning jar or bottle until use
*Makes about ½ cup SPF 20 sunscreen. Should keep SPF for up to 3 months.
Be sure not to inhale zinc oxide Store in cool place (such as a cooler) for easiest application. To increase SPF add more zinc oxide. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 1.5-2 hours. * All of the ingredients listed above can be found on Amazon and are relatively inexpensive.