Let’s Talk About Sunscreen
Let’s talk about healthy sunscreen options.
You’ve probably seen articles about aerosol sunscreens and how harmful they are for your children, but what about us? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to put harmful chemicals on myself either!
According to this article by the EWG, many store-bought sunscreens contain oxybenzone, which is believed to disrupt hormones and cause allergic rashes in some people. There are other chemicals used in sunscreens as well. They are used to help them adhere to skin or to block the sun’s rays. It’s better to find a toxin free sunscreen that has physical blockers, like zinc oxide or minerals. Remember, we’re trying to give toxins the boot!
Store Bought Sunscreen
Once again the EWG (Environmental Working Group) has a great list of sunscreens that they have rated for level of toxins. You can find that here. I have used Banana Boat with my kids and found out that the ones I used had a 4 rating on the EWG’s site. I liked it because others I have tried made my daughter get a rash. However, I would rather use something with a 1 or 2 rating.
Here are some sunscreens that I found on the EWG’s site that also can be bought through Amazon (I love my Prime membership!).
Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Fragrance Free Clear Zinc Sun Stick– This one looks great for face and especially easy for getting on kids.
For the body, you will want a lotion or cream, like this one...Majestic Pure SPF 30 Sunscreen or Thinksport Kid’s Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+. I don’t mind using kid’s sunscreens because they are usually gentle for sensitive skin. For adults looking for a daily sunscreen, Ocean Potion’s Face Sunscreen is SPF 35 and feels very light on the skin. Although not available on Amazon, Beauty Counter’s Protect Stick is another great, easy to apply option.
You can also make your own sunscreen at home.
If you make your own sunscreen, you can be sure the ingredients are natural and you can make it smell the way you like. It’s not that hard to make.
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup shea butter (find it here)
1/8 cup jojoba oil or almond oil
2 tbsp. beeswax granules (find it here)
1-2 tbsp. non-nano zinc oxide powder (find it here)
1 tsp. red raspberry seed oil (find it here)
1. Combine ingredients in a large glass jar (except for zinc oxide).
2. Put a few inches of water in a pot and place on the stove over medium heat.
3. When the ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide and place in a jar with a tight fitting lid for storage. Store in a cool, dry place.
You can add an essential oil that is not photosensitive, such as lavender or peppermint. Use within about 6 months. Reapply after swimming or sweating a lot. It has an SPF of about 15, but you can increase it with more zinc oxide.
Another option is to take a natural lotion and add non nano zinc oxide powder to it. Get a bottle that you can open, such as a pump style bottle, that does not contain citrus essential oils(remember they make your skin sensitive to the sun) and add 2 tablespoons of the powder and mix well. It is important to use a lotion with natural ingredients, so that you are not adding chemicals to your body like a traditional sunscreen will.
Be sure to test these natural options in an environment that you don’t typically burn badly, like the beach or lake. Try them first while doing yard work or going on a walk, to make sure they are strong enough. You can add more zinc oxide if necessary.
Let me know if you try one of these or if you have another natural favorite. I would love to hear your experiences!
Lori Booty is a Transformational Nutrition and Health Coach. She specializes in helping women with autoimmune diseases learn to take control of their health so they can live longer, happier lives. Website: beautifulimmunity.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org