Everyone has heard that sunscreen prevents skin cancer.
Some research suggests, though, that the chemicals found in conventional sunscreen actually do more to cause cancer than to prevent it.
Not only do the chemicals absorb into the skin and interfere with our hormones, sunscreen blocks the Vitamin D from the sun, which our bodies rely on to support immune function that keep degenerative diseases, like cancer, at bay. Vitamin D is one of the most common deficiencies in our country, and most people are coming up short.
Basking in the sun, during the hours which it is not at its peak, is actually a very healthy practice to keep our vitamin D at healthy levels.
Unless we are going to be at the beach all day, during the hottest hours, I skip the sunscreen all together.
However, burns are not a good idea, so if we are going out for several hours during peak exposure, I keep this healthy homemade version handy.
For this recipe you will need:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup beeswax
1/4 coconut oil
1/4 cup non-nano zinc oxide
1/4 cup cocoa butter, optional
10 drops lavender essential oil, optional
Put all ingredients, except zinc oxide and lavender essential oil, in a glass bowl and place over a pot with a little boiling water in the bottom.
Heat until melted.
Allow to cool before adding in zinc oxide and lavender.
Whisk in the remaining ingredients.
I just left mine out on the counter for a few hours, going over occasionally to give it a whisk. This gave it a whipped effect without me actually having to use my mixer.
Try to use as few dishes as possible because this stuff is very water resistant and very hard to clean. Its great when your kids jumps in the pool and it doesn't wash right off but not so great when you are making a batch.
It smells oh so lovely.