We really only have two seasons way up here, winter and not-winter. When it comes to not-winter, otherwise known as summer, we try and spend as much time as humanly possible outdoors.
There's hiking, biking, fishing, picnicking and of course who can resist a day at the beach even if the water never gets that warm on Lake Superior. It's still a gorgeous view! And all of these outdoor activities have one thing in common, the sun. It can burn before you really even know what happened when you are out of doors.
I have never liked commercial sunscreen. Beside the fact that it smells terrible, the ingredient list is full of chemicals I can't even pronounce let alone want to put on my skin or the skin of my children. Because of this I used to limit the time they spent in the sun and made them wear hats and clothing that covered them up. This didn't really go over well.
I had to find an alternative. Thanks to my essential oils I finally have. Besides the essential oils, the rest of the ingredients are also good for skin. Isn't that great? The best part is I already had all of these ingredients in my house from other DIY projects. 10 minutes and no extra trips to the store. Can't beat that!
Here's a look at some of the benefits of the ingredients in this sunscreen.
Coconut Oil: Contains an SPF of around 5. Protects the skin and tissues from sun damage and exposure. Coconut oil doesn’t block the sun completely which allows the skin to absorb beneficial Vitamin D.
Sweet Almond Oil: Contains an SPF of around 5. Also provides Vitamin E which nourishes the skin.
Shea Butter: Contains fatty-acids along with Vitamins A & E. Shea butter moisturizes and provides a small amount of sun protection.
Carrot Seed Oil: Contains high levels of Vitamin A and boasts a high SPF (estimated around 30-40).
Beeswax: This ingredient simply solidifies the oil producing a spreadable lotion. Beeswax will melt when exposed to heat.
Vitamin E: Helps protect skin from sun damage.
Water Resistant Sunscreen
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup sweet almond oil (where to buy)
1/4 cup beeswax (where to buy)
2 Tbsp Shea Butter (where to buy)
1 tsp Vitamin E (where to buy)
30 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil (where to buy)
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Storage options: a small glass canning jar is great for storing your sunscreen. Another option is small travel squeeze tubes for when you are on the go.
On the stove-top, add 1 cup of water to a small saucepan. Place a heat-resistant glass bowl on top of the saucepan. Bring the water in the saucepan to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. This creates a homemade double broiler to keep the ingredients from over-heating and burning.
In the glass bowl add the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax. Melt the ingredients, stirring frequently.
Remove the bowl from the heat. Add the almond oil, vitamin E and essential oils. Stir.
Once removed from the heat the beeswax will begin to set. You will need to work quickly. If mixture does start to solidify, you can place the bowl back over the water to liquify it again.
For a jar: pour the sunscreen into glass jars. I prefer the 4oz. mason jars. For squeeze tubes: stand tubes on end and fill. If your tubes will not stand, place them in a cup to keep them upright while the sunscreen sets.
The sunscreen will solidify after about five minutes. The final result will be a spreadable lotion.
If you’re planning to be out in the direct sun for several hours, I highly recommend using sun protection such as hats and protective clothing along with sunscreen. This sunscreen alone may not provide the full protection needed if you are fair-skinned and burn easily. Sunscreen is just one component of protecting the skin from the sun. Homemade sunscreen can perform differently than store-bought sunscreen and should not be relied on for full protection during a long day at the beach or pool.
I used Young Living Essential Oils when I made this recipe! I love the Seed to Seal Guarantee and the process behind distilling their oils. You know that you are getting Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.
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