I'm looking for a sunscreen to purchase for my upcoming trip! I've read that most sunscreens don't really do anything, and most likely contain harmful ingredients.
What would you recommend?
After doing a bit of research, it seems as though the unsafe lotions are the ones containing compounds such as Oxybenzone.
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide based sunscreens are safe as long as they are listed as being 'micronized'. This means that the zinc/ titanium was ground up, but not to nano-particle size.
If your sunscreen goes on clear, it's most likely using nano particles, which can be harmful. However, micronized versions of zinc / titanium sunscreens will not apply clear, and do not penetrate the cell walls!
Here is a simple recipe for your own sunscreen, made from coconut oil, red raspberry seed oil, and non nano zinc oxide:
Coconut Oil Sunscreen – Easy 3 Ingredient Recipe!
This coconut oil sunscreen recipes is made with 3 all natural ingredients. No harmful chemicals needed!
sunscreenI don’t wear sunscreen..
I’ve actually never needed to wear sunscreen since I was blessed with skin that doesn’t burn… ever. BUT some of my babies inherited their daddy’s skin so sun protection lotion has been needed for my family occasionally. I avoid body care products for a lot of reasons, but mainly because I can’t pronounce the name of half the ingredients listed. A simple search online or looking at the ingredient list of sunscreen lotion in your home will show a concerning amount of hard to pronounce chemicals that my little ones don’t need…at all.
Coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4-5 and contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from harmful radiation from the sun. Natural sunscreen! Obviously that low amount of SPF isn’t sufficient for a long day in the sun, so we add red raspberry seed oil and essential oils. Red raspberry seed oil has an SPF of roughly 25. Zinc oxide (we use non-synthetic) is also known for it’s ability to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
Coconut Oil Sunscreen
Coconut Oil Sunscreen Recipe
1/2 Cup Virgin Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Non Nana Zinc Oxide
1 Tablespoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
Optional: 10 Drops Essential Oils (I used Carrot Seed & Lavender)
Whip coconut oil up in a mixer or food processor.
Carefully add the zinc oxide (you don’t want to inhale it!), red raspberry seed oil and essential oils.
Once the oils and zinc oxide are mixed well pour them into a small container.
I hope this helped someone