There are several products that are available in the market which helps you be get rid of that worry of certain things. For instance, the SPF sunscreen lotion, which is widely used to protect the skin from carcinogenic UV rays.
Moreover, back in 2007, FDA document mentioned that they were not aware of the data demonstrating that sunscreen use alone helps prevent skin cancer. On the other hand, ironically, along with the widespread and growing sunscreen use, skin cancer rates have also risen. There are several reports that suggest that sunscreens contain toxic ingredients or endocrine disrupting chemicals that in many cases may actually promote skin cancer growth.
Therefore, making natural sunscreen at home might be a great way to begin with reducing the risks of cancer. Here are two ways of making sunscreen lotion at home.
Natural Homemade Sunscreen Lotion 1
– 1 batch homemade lotion, or ¾ cup premade lotion with good, antioxidant rich ingredients like virgin coconut, avocado or olive oil. If you’re using a scale the total weight should be about 9 oz
– 0.4-1.6 oz uncoated, non-nano zinc. Weight will vary based on the level of protection you want.
– Essential oils (optional – but make sure they are not ones that increase photosensitivity!)
– Iron oxides or cocoa powder for tint (optional) – find pre-blended iron oxide here, find cocoa powder here
Note: You will need a food processor and a mask.
– If you’re using a pre-made lotion, warm it in a water bath and then add/blend in the zinc oxide in a food processor.
– Add essential oils and tint as desired.
– How you store depends on the composition of the lotion you used. If it’s premade it probably contains preservatives, so room temp is fine. It is recommended to store it on fridge from day 1.
Natural Homemade Sunscreen Lotion 2
– ½ cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
– ¼ cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
– ¼ cup beeswax
– 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder).
[Optional: up to 1 teaspoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil, up to 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed Oil, up to 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil, 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5), Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference.]
– Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. Now fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
– Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
– As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage.
– Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated. Best if used within six months.
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