If you’ve been paying attention to the news regarding sunscreen, it’s been getting a pretty bad reputation. Parents have been complaining that their children are getting burns from their sunscreen- how ironic! As it turns out, there are a fair amount of “bad” chemicals in sunscreens that can actually promote the growth of skin cancer and can even cause chemical burns or rashes!
Dr. Arthur Perry warns against these nasty, chemical-filled sunscreens saying that the toxins inside “don’t sit on the surface of the skin—they soak into in and quickly find their way into the bloodstream.” Yikes! Any type of absorption of chemicals into the skin—and even the bloodstream!— is a huge red flag. And it’s not a one-and-done deal, either. These chemicals can be detected in “blood, urine, and breast milk for up to two days after a single application.”
But what’s scarier- chemicals in our sunscreen or the UVA/UVB rays harming our skin?
Dr. Perry is not recommending going outside without protection from the sun; anything more than “twenty minutes exposed” can cause serious damage. If you are one who frequents the pool or enjoys working in the garden, you’ll still need some type of protection. His recommendation? A homemade, all-natural sun block using zinc oxide minerals, a naturally occurring chemical that is not absorbed into the skin. But remember- it has to be the mineral, non-nano zinc oxide, as the non-nano zinc oxide particles cannot permeate the skin and enter the bloodstream!
Below is our recommendation for an all-natural, non-nano, zinc oxide sunscreen with probiotics that will protect your skin from the sun, balance the skin’s microbiota, and will keep you from having to use that scary sunscreen! Enjoy this natural, probiotic sunscreen!
Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Recipe
- ½ cup almond or olive oil
- ¼ cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
- ¼ cup beeswax
- 2 TBSP non-nano zinc oxide
- up to 1 TSP Carrot Seed Oil (SPF 4-7)
- 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
- 1-4 drops of Essential Oils
- 2 TBSP of SCD Essential Probiotics
Homemade Sunscreen Instructions
- Combine all ingredients except SCD Essential Probiotics in a pint sized or large glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives, or other foods.
- Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
- Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
- As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, stir well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage.
- Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump.
- Stir a few times as it cools to make sure ingredients are incorporated. Add SCD Essential Probiotics to the mixture when its still liquid and lukewarm, thus ensuring the microbes stay alive.
- Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.
- This sunscreen is somewhat, but not completely, waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming.
- Do not inhale the non-nano zinc oxide during preparation.
- Add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smooth sunscreen.
- Coconut or vanilla extract or lavender essential oils for fragrance.
- Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge.
- Store in a small canning jar and apply like a body butter. It will be thicker, especially if you use coconut oil in the recipe.