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Home made sunscreen

From “The inspired little book” by Krissy Ballinger

Zinc Oxide is rated as one of the best and safest defenses against UVA and UVB rays. Bear in mind that sunscreen should be used in conjunction with other sunprotection measures to ensure effection protection against UV rays.

Ingredients: 120 g carrier oil, 60 g coconut oil, 25 g shea butter, 20 g beeswax, 40 g zinc oxide (non-nano particles) 20-50 drops Helichrysum, Arborvitae or Sandalwood essential oil (essential oil is not necessary).

In a double boiler (pot with boiling water with class or metal bowl on top that is not submerged in the water) melt carrier oil (almond, jojoba etc.), coconutoil, shea butter, and beeswax . Add zinc oxide and essential oils once cooled down a little and stil until well combined. Pour into jar or container, taking care to scrape out all the zinc. When sunscreen sets, stir the cream to evently distribute the zinc oxide, which is the main SPF factor.

Use as you would use any other sunscreen and reapply every 2 hours.

Don’t use any Citrus Oils in your sunscreen, as most of them are photo and light sensitive and that would be a really bad idea. You are more likely to sunburn on the spot where you applied citrus oils for 12-24 hours after application.

I also found 2 other variations of this recipe. 1 is from Wellness Mama and you can find this HERE.

The other one is from Pronounce Skin care and you can find the recipe HERE.

I will try this year to make my own sunscreen as well as other body care products, like my body butters and body oils. I am hoping to reduce plastic waste through doing this as well as reducing our toxic load.


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