Heat waves in spring is really not my thing! But the sun itself....ohhh how I love it!
We have been sun deprived too long--at least those of us up here in the Northeast--so our bodies are longing to bask in this natural source of splendor that helps our body produce vitamin D. This is also the time, however, when many of us fear for our skin, as the threat of UV rays is no joking matter. We smother layers upon layers, hour upon hour, of nicely scented sunscreen and walk out into the sun carefree. But please STOP! This sun-warding ritual is causing MORE HARM than UV rays itself. Here's how:
Did you know we use sunscreen more than ever before and yet skin cancer has also increased? This is not necessarily a cause and effect, but something to think about and question. The good news is that there are safe ways to protect your skin:
Sunblock Recipe With Non-nano Zinc Oxide
(adapted from wellnessmama.com)
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup shea butter
1 cup beeswax (your local farmer's market should have some)
20% of Zinc Oxide for a 30% spf (make sure it is purified, non-nano size and pharmaceutical grade. It can be found here )
2 tsp Vitamin E oil to preserve
1 tablespoon glycerin
3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional and don't use citrus oils)
Note: Your ingredients can be found at a health food store or from Organic Infusions or from the links provided
Directions: Place coconut oil, wax and shea butter in a bain marie. Stir until melted. Remove from heat and let cool a bit. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir. Pour into silicone molds. Allow to set in a cool place. Store where cool and dry. Note: this bar can last 2-4 months. For more information, visit Please note that since you are using non-nano Zinc Oxide, the particles are larger so it will rub on white and set on the surface of your skin, which is good! The more zinc you add, the whiter it will be. See the instructions that come with your purchase of Zinc Oxide.
Thank you for visiting our website and blog. Through this medium, I hope to teach, enlighten, and inspire you about Mother Nature's wonders so that you can discover the true value healthy living. I want to foster a love for Nature so that we, as a collective, can take a stance to protecting our Earth as we indulge in the beautifying remedies Nature has in store for us!