Living in the Sunshine States mean you really do spend a lot of time out in the sun.
Soaking up some rays is a must to keep my sanity. There are days where I can sense that my Vitamin D level is low and I just need to get outside.. and when those warm sun rays hit… ahhh… life is good.
I also know though, that too much exposure can cause major issues with your skin, the worst being cancer. So sunscreen is a must. I’ve used all the major store bought brands with the highest and lowest UV ratings, but it wasn’t until recently when I started to realize that rubbing all these chemicals into my body wasn’t such a great idea.
That started me on a mission to find a way to stay protected in the sun, but still be able to enjoy the outdoors. I wanted to find a way to make my one sunscreen to wear while I’m either at the beach or out working in the garden.
I found two wonderful recipes, one from Wellness Mama and one from Holistic Squid. Both of these ladies have put together not only some great recipes, but also a lot of great information as to why you should try making your own sunscreen.
I looked over each of these, both of which have the same ingredients, and put together my version of some homemade sunscreen.
With all my ingredients in hand, I went to work making the sunscreen.
Melting the beeswax was a little time consuming, but once all the ingredients were put together and I added the Zinc powder, I was excited to see, and smell, my very first batch of sunscreen.
I had started this project early in the morning, so by the time the sunscreen was ready to use, my gardening chores outside were calling.
As I started putting the lotion on, I quickly found out that a little goes a long way.
It takes some time to rub it in, there’s a little bit of a ‘whitish’ coloring to your skin when you’re done, but nothing that makes you look funny.
When it was time to get cleaned up and ready for a date night, I was honestly impressed that I didn’t have any tans lines and no sun burn.
I was a little skeptical at first as to if this would actually work, but I can now honestly say, I will no longer be purchasing store bought sunscreens.. it’s homemade or nothing!
Where I got some of my ingredients:
Organic Coconut Oil – Costco
Plastic tubes – Walmart
Essential oils of your choosing