I’ve actually never needed to wear sunscreen since I was blessed with skin that doesn’t burn as bad as some, however some of us and our babies need some protection for our skin, occasionally. This is where my go too homemade non toxic sun screen comes in!
Let us break it down for you: Chemical sunscreen ingredients, often with names ending in -salate or -benzone can give a better look and feel to skin care products than physical sunscreens since they tend to sink into skin readily and dry clear. But there's some evidence that they might disrupt hormones!
Studies on the subject have been somewhat inconclusive. Oxybenzone,probably the most notorious UV filter, was approved by the FDA way back in 1978. Also referred to as BP3, it's a member of the phenol family that has become so omnipresent, it's been estimated that traces can be found in the urine of 96 percent of the U.S. population.
In a 2004 study, researchers found that on the first day after applying a sunscreen with oxybenzone, both young men and postmenopausal women experienced a drop of testosterone levels. The scientists concluded that the fluctuations were not tied to the chemical. But physical sunscreens can be helpful for anyone with sensitive skin, since they're less likely to exacerbate irritation and redness. That said, if you do prefer the idea of chemical free sunscreens, there's one ingredient to look for: "Zinc oxide", a physical blocker, is the only ingredient you need for excellent broad-spectrum protection," says David Hershthal, a professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Make Your Own Chemical Free Sun Screen
Coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4-5 and contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from harmful radiation from the sun. Obviously that low amount of SPF isn't sufficient for a long day in the sun, so we add red raspberry seed oil and carrot seed oil to enhance the longevity of the sunscreen. The key ingredient here is zinc oxide: with a SPF of 25 it is the best natural mineral for sun protection. Non nano, which can be found on Amazon and Ebay.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shea butter
20 drops essential oils
4 tbs non nano Zinc Oxide
Mix it all up and use as needed. For a longer lasting sunscreen whip the coconut oil and shea butter with a whisk, then add zinc oxide and oils. Mix well and store in jars. Will last up to 6 months. This recipe it safe for kids and babies too!
And Remember to enjoy the sun while its still out, and be sure you get direct sunshine (no sunscreen) for at least 1 hour per day to get enough vitamin D.