We need sunlight, while you might not often think about it the vitamin D we get from the sun is not necessarily as easy to get elsewhere. Sunshine exposure is not as bad of a thing as a lot of the world makes it out to be.
Now, protecting your skin against sunburn is still very much important but you can protect yourself from the sun and still soak up that vitamin D if you know what you are doing. You might use some kind of commercially produced sunscreen but most are not what they seem.
Some sunscreens actually use chemicals that increase your risks of skin cancer instead of cutting them back. Many are hormone-disrupting nightmares for your flesh. When it comes to choosing a ‘normal’ sunscreen you’re going to want to opt for a lotion or cream over an aerosol can or other things of the sort but making your own could prove to be just as effective and you know what is going into it.
Here in the US many of us have been moving towards more natural alternatives for quite some time, this can also be done in the world of sunscreen. For those who do not know most sunscreens actually promote cancer by blocking the bodies ability to absorb ultraviolet radiation, this is something that produces vitamin D in the skin. Vitamin D for those who might not be aware also prevents up to 77 percent of cancers in women. One study from the University of Manitoba actually found that when we use them we are absorbing much more than we realize.
Below I am going to go over a recipe for an amazing natural sunscreen that will do the trick and allow you to get the vitamin D that your body needs. The main ingredient in this recipe will be coconut oil and that is because coconut oil has a natural SPF of about four or five that blocks off about 75 percent of UV radiation on its own. It is also overflowing with antioxidants that help protect the skin as is when paired with these other ingredients you are really getting a wonderful protectant that can be used time and time again.
Coconut Oil Sunscreen:
1 Cup of Coconut Oil
1 Cup of Shea Butter
1/2 Cup of Sesame Oil
4 Teaspoons of Raspberry Seed Oil
8 Tablespoons of Zinc Oxide Powder
2 Teaspoons of Carrot Seed Essential Oil
8 Tablespoons of Beeswax Granules (Not Block)
Add your wax, coconut oil, sesame oil, and shea butter together into a double boiler. Allow all of this mixture to melt and stir as you see fit. Once this is melted properly remove it from the heat and allow it to cool to about room temperature. Slowly mix in the zinc once this mixture is at the temperature it needs to be.
From here you will need to put the bowl in the fridge and allow it to set for about thirty minutes until it is ready for you to whip. You should be able to tell from the softness. Using a mixer begin to whip the sunscreen while adding in the last oils that have not been used yet. Eventually, this will start looking like frosting and from here you merely place it in a jar and you’re done. Yes, it is that simple.
While the video below is a bit more simplifies but you can make a more mild form of this if you check out the video below. With that being said, I feel mine is a lot more effective. What do you think about this kind of alternative? I for one think it works quite well.
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