The longer I am a parent the more I uncover things that I am uncomfortable with putting on our bodies. One of them being sunscreen....especially the spray kind. The list of chemicals in those store bought sunscreens is FRIGHTENING. Not to mention the potential side effects.
Now, before you gather the lynch mob and start telling me about the dangers of sun and skin cancer, let me assure you that my kids don't get sunburnt. We go into the sun responsibly, and if we are heading out for long periods of time we use our Homemade Sunscreen. YES, you can make your own NON TOXIC Sunscreen. It is just as effective as the store bought junk.
Plus, the sun has benefits too! Like....
- The sun's light kills bad bacteria
- Sunlight can improve sleep quality
- Sunlight has a beneficial effect on skin disorders, such as psoriasis, acne, eczema and fungal infections of the skin.
- Sunlight lowers cholesterol.
- The sun's rays lower blood pressure.
- Sunlight penetrates deep into the skin to cleanse the blood and blood vessels.
- Sunlight increases oxygen content in human blood.
- Sunlight builds the immune system.
- Regular sunlight exposure increases the growth and height of children
- Sunlight ease depression.
For me and my family the benefits of sun, fresh air, and living life are worth it! I could go on and on, but I suggest you do some research on all those convenience products and their ingredients. I have yet to find many that are actually good for you.
Here is our recipe for sunscreen.
- Melt the beeswax, shea butter, & Coconut oil in a double broiler. Stir until melted and combined.
- Remove the bowl from the double broiler and stir in the zinc oxide powder. Use hand mixer or a stick mixer to evenly distribute the zinc throughout the oil.
- Once smooth, pour it into a mason jar or other container.
- Store until ready to use.
You can purchase all of the items to make this sunscreen on Amazon!
We have found this works amazingly. If the sunscreen gets cool it gets a bit thick, but works into the skin without a problem. Have you tried to make your own sunscreen? How did it turn out?
Amanda is a busy mom of 3 that is constantly on the lookout for shortcuts to add more happiness to the day. She loves creating recipes, printables, DIY, and sharing family fun tips with you.