There are many benefits to creating your own natural sunblock. Many of the leading commercial sunscreens contain harmful chemicals that disrupt hormone production, and make skin more sensitive to environmental allergens.
With some simple ingredients and a little mixing work, you can easily create your own natural sunblock alternative. There are many recipes to make natural sunblock, but a mixture that’s free of all known toxins will provide adequate protection without inhibiting natural bodily functions.
Natural Sunblock Ingredients:
- 4 Tbsp. Zinc Oxide Powder
- 1/4 cup beeswax (melted)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup shea butter
Other Things You’ll Need:
- 1 wooden mixing spoon
- 1 double-boiler
- Making Natural Sunblock at Home
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and place a smaller metal bowl inside to complete a double-boiler. Begin by melting the beeswax while slowly stirring. Once the wax is completely melted, add coconut oil and shea butter to the boiler.
2. Continue stirring the mixture. It will melt and blend much faster than the beeswax did. Once the oil and shea butter are lightly blended, slowly add the zinc oxide powder while whipping the mixture with a wooden spoon. Be sure to thoroughly mix the zinc until the sunblock is creamy and clump free.
3. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, then transfer the natural sunblock to the container of your choice. The sunscreen can be stored in plastic zip bags or large containers at home, but you’ll also need a portable solution for your sunblock.
4. Glass jars and plastic squeeze bottles make great dispensers for the finished product. These types of containers make transporting and applying your homemade sunblock hassle free, but this isn’t everything you need to know to make the best sunscreen possible.
Zinc Oxide and SPF Rating of Sunscreens
Modern commercial sunscreens contain a variety of chemicals that can inhibit exposure to harmful rays, but the amount of zinc will determine the overall SPF rating.
A mixture that contains 20% zinc oxide like the above recipe will yield SPF-30 sunscreen. At 40%, it will be SPF-60 and so on.
Some people insist on using high SPF rated sunscreen, but this isn’t always good for your health. For most people, SPF-30 will provide more than enough protection to prevent sunburn or skin damage. Higher ratings do block more of the sun’s rays, but the human body actually needs the sun to function properly. If you’re skin is on the fair side, then you may want to reduce exposure time instead of using an SPF that blocks the sun completely.
How the Sun Helps the Human Body
After a few hours in the sun, our bodies begin to produce vitamin D. In fact, lack of sun contributes to vitamin D deficiency in millions of people around the world. It can take months of daily sun exposure to reach optimum levels of the vitamin, and many people are deficient after long winters of being indoors.
The winter isn’t the only time when there’s a higher risk for vitamin D deficiency. Those with office careers and night jobs have much lower levels of vitamin D than people that are outdoors on a daily basis. Lack of this vitamin can contribute to weak bones, cardiovascular problems and reduced brain function in the elderly.
Vitamin D is primarily used by the body to absorb and convert calcium. Without vitamin D, the effectiveness of calcium to strengthen bones is reduced tremendously. Even if you’re getting enough calcium in your diet, without vitamin D your body cannot make proper use of it.
How to Prevent Sunburn and Vitamin D Deficiency
The crucial need for vitamin D makes blocking all of the sun bad for overall health. By using a natural sunscreen made with 20% zinc oxide, you can protect your skin from harmful rays while still getting enough sun to promote healthy vitamin D production. This zinc oxide ratio produces SPF-30 that’s ideal for most people, but paler individuals may need an alternative solution.
If you’re too pale to sacrifice SPF-100 sunblock, you should eat a diet rich in fish, milk and eggs. A life without the sun isn’t good for your health, but neither is taking in too many harmful rays. After creating your own natural sunscreen, you’ll be able to reap the healthy benefits of the sun, and protect yourself at the same time.
Whether you have a medium skin tone, or you’re pale as a ghost, a little natural sunblock will get you back outside safely. Using this recipe for homemade sunscreen, you can enjoy a day at the beach without exposing yourself to damaging UV rays and harmful chemical substances.