Summer is here – but how can you soak up some vitamin D without plastering chemicals onto your skin to avoid getting burned? Most commercial sunscreens contain a variety of toxic ingredients, many of which are carcinogenic (having the potential to cause cancer) and can disrupt the hormonal system. Their widespread use has also been linked to coral bleaching.
If you want to avoid these potentially harmful ingredients, the safest thing to do is to buy an organic one or make your own sunscreen!
Many plant oils are natural UV-ray blockers and can help to avoid sunburn, although there is no absolute sunblock apart from staying out of the sun altogether. Even if you use the recipe below, we still recommend taking care in full sun and getting to know how much sun your skin can handle without burning, even when using sunblock.
One of the most common properties in natural skin protectors are antioxidants. They destroy the small molecules known as free radicals that are generated by the effect of UV sunlight on your skin.
Some natural plant oils that can be used for sunblock include:
Rich in vitamins A, C and D, it’s effective against acne, eczema, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin. It’s also high in vitamin E, which is essential for preventing damage to skin cells by UVA from the sun.
What makes coconut oil so beneficial for the skin are its medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides, lauric acid, and vitamin E. It’s also known to have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
With a natural sun protection factor (SPF) of 6–8, it also calms and heals eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis breakouts. It also speeds healing from sunburn and prevents peeling, as well as softening dry skin, soothing cuts and fading blemishes, wrinkles and stretch marks.
Also known as “annatto” it’s been used as a medicine for centuries among the Indigenous tribes of South America’s rainforests. Annatto’s active components reinforce the immune system, prevent infections, and offer UV-protection.
Sweet Almond oil
With anti-inflammatory properties, it’s an immune booster and mild pain reliever. It also promotes muscle relaxation and helps wounds heal faster.
As well as being an excellent natural sunblocker, the fruit contains many vitamins such as Vitamin C, A and E, which are essential for the skin.
The rejuvenating effect of mango butter comes from the vitamins A, C and E and its antioxidant properties.
SPFS of different kinds of oils and butters:
Wheat sprout: 20 Coconut: 10 Soy: 10 peanut: 10 Olive: 8 Copaiba: 8 Shea butter: 6 to 8 Avocado: 4 to 7 Castor: 6 Macadamia: 6 Sweet almond: 5 Sesame: 2 to 4 Grape seed: 4 Jujube: 4
Essential oils: Raspberry seed: 30 to 50 Carrot seed: 30 Peppermint: 7 Tulsi (holy basil): 7 Lavender: 6 Orange: 4 Eucalyptus: 3 Tea tree: 2 Rose: 1
To make a basic sun protector for the face and body, you can use the recipe below and alter it to your own taste:
Make your personal sun protection:
43g of beeswax 43g of one kind of butter 43g of one kind of oil 28g of zinc oxide optional: 10 drops of one or two kinds of essential oils.
Place beeswax and the oil in a double boiler and gently warm over low heat until the beeswax melts. Remove from heat and let it cool down a bit, then add the zinc and the essential oils.
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