Commercial sunscreens are some of the most toxic products for our bodies. It is said that the sun causes skin cancer but did you ever think that maybe it was not the sun but the product you put on your skin to protect yourself from the sun.
The carrier oils used in holistic and natural skincare have an intrinsic natural SPF or sun protecting agent. Coconut oil is one of the best natural carrier oils and can be used to make a sun protection cream.
By adding Zink oxide into the coconut oil, it makes a full spectrum sunscreen, which will offer great protection against the UVA, as well as UVB rays. The zinc oxide must me uncoated and not nano-particle grade, and it is best to use a simple dust mask to avoid inhaling the zinc oxide dust.
This cream also contains beeswax giving it a slight water repellant properties. The essential oils make the cream smell nice, a lot better than the typical chemical scent. A little goes a long way!
½ Cup coconut oil
½ cup shea butter
¼ cup jojoba oil
4 tbsp beeswax granules
4 tbsp zinc oxide powder
2 tsp red raspberry seed oil
Carrot seed essential oil
Essential oils of choice
Using a double boiler, melt your coconut oil, jojoba oil, beeswax, and shea butter together. Once the beeswax is melted, remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Whisk in the zinc oxide at this point.
Move the mixture into the fridge and using a stand mixer or hand mixer, whip the mixture. Drizzle in the red raspberry seed oil, carrot seed oil, and any essential oil. Continue whipping the mixture until it is light and fluffy. Use as you would regular sunscreen. Store in the fridge!