Saturday, 3 August 2013

DIY: Homemade Sunscreen

I've always been a firm believer that sunscreen is the way forward when it comes to spending time outside in summer. After all, I am ghostly white. If I so much as look at the sun I go bright pink. Therefore you can imagine that being protected is high on my list of priorities. But it turns out sunscreen might not be as safe as we all thought.

Sunscreens that are bought from the shops are most probably going to include and active ingredient, whether that is mineral or chemical based. The most commonly used sunscreens will include ingredients like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate or octinoxate. These can be harmful to your skin. For example, oxybenzone has the possibility of being absorbed into the skins surface, causing hormone disruption, cell damage and in worst case scenarios, cancer. The important thing is to be aware of these ingredients and pick what you want to apply on your skin very carefully.

The experts at Skana Spa New York Resort Turning Stone were kind enough to supply me some information on this issue and actually created a fabulous sun tan lotion recipe which is both easy to make and still very effective.

All you need is:
1/4 cup of Nappy Rash Cream - e.g Sudocrem (contains Zinc Oxide which blocks UVA + UVB rays)
1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil (blocks UV rays)
1 tablespoon of Cocoa Butter (hydrates the skin and prevents drying)
1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel (treats damage that the sun has already caused)
1 teaspoon of Sesame Oil (blocks UV rays)
1 teaspoon of Beeswax (keeps the sunscreen waterproof)

Pop all the ingredients above into a glass bowl that is set on top of a pan of boiling water. After all the ingredients are melted together, you can set the bowl aside to cool. Then just pop it into a container and leave it in a cool and dry place.

The days are getting shorter and so is summer. Get making this sunscreen so that you can enjoy the sun as much as possible before autumn's rain clouds roll up.

*Collaboration article with Skana Spa

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