Sunscreen Alone Does Not Prevent Skin Cancer
It’s the time of year when girls at the beach slather on baby oil to get darker and pale people, like myself, burn just by thinking of the sunshine. Moms stock up on sunscreen by the barrel and force their kids to paint their faces with it before stepping out of the shade by the public pool. But did you know that you might be doing your kids a disservice by buying the chemical filled sunscreens?
“The FDA is not aware of data demonstrating that sunscreen used alone helps prevent skin cancer,” stated a 2011 document from the FDA. You can check your favorite sunscreen brand here and see if it has an toxic ingredients.
Vitamin D Deficiency Dangers & Toxic Sunscreen Ingredients
This shouldn’t scare you away from the sun. Our bodies need Vitamin D! According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, women that lack Vitamin D are at a higher risk for breast cancer. You can do a lot of good for yourself just by covering up with a hat or shirt.
So to keep their kids safe from the sun and toxic chemicals, moms are going organic. Take a leaf from Jessica Alba, the most organic mom out there, and try to make your own sunscreen from natural ingredients! If you are in the sun for extended periods of time, like a beach trip, you can take this natural sunscreen with you. It’s naturally moisturizing and smells really good.
How To Make Natural Homemade Sunscreen
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 1/2 cup almond or olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Zinc oxide (this will give you an SPF of 20+, more can be added)
- Optional ingredients: 1 tsp Vitamin E oil, 2 tbs shea butter (natural SPF 4-5), essential oils, vanilla extract, or other natural extracts
Combine the ingredits, except for the zinc oxide, in a pint or larger glass jar. Mason jars are ideal, but you can also use glass jars from pickles or olives. Fillm a medium saucepan with a couple of inches of water and put on medium heat. Put the lid loosely on the jar and place in the water. Stir or shake it occasionally until all of the ingredients are melted.
Once they are melted together, add the zinc and stir well. Pour this into whatever you plan to store it in – mason jars work best, it will not pump in a lotion pump. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure that the zinc is incorporated. You can use this mixture like a regular sunscreen, store up to six months.
This mixture is mildly water resistant, but you should always reapply after swimming and sweating.