I’m always on the hunt for natural alternatives to everyday beauty products. As the temperatures start to warm up, the only thing on my mind is long days spent in the sunshine. For me, I always feel healthier (and a little bit happier) when I have some color on my skin. Exposure to direct sunlight is a key way that your body absorbs Vitamin D. From building up the immune system to providing just the right amount of calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones, vitamin D is essential for proper growth. Spending a little time outdoors is the easiest way to take in Vitamin D, but it’s important to protect our skin while doing so.
There are hundreds of sun protectants out there, but most of them have unfamiliar chemicals and ingredients in them. When I read that there are some essential oils that naturally contain SPF, I was surprised by how powerful many of them in fact are. Oils from everyday ingredients, like carrots and avocado, can supply sun protection that is chemical free!
Below is a little chart that specifies some of the oils that naturally have an SPF.
There are a ton of recipes out there for homemade sunscreen, so using those and knowledge of my skin type, I came up with a recipe for an all natural SPF sun oil that will help protect my skin while supplying ultimate moisture for my upcoming days spent at the beach.
What you need:
1/4 cup Shea Butter (contains a SPF of about 6)
1/4 cup Coconut Oil (contains a SPF of about 10)
1 tbsp Avocado Oil
1 tbsp Almond Oil
1 tbsp Jojoba oil
30 drops Carrot Seed Oil
5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (this is to add in an aromatic scent – coconut, vanilla, or lavender essential oil would also work nicely!)
2 tbsp Zinc Oxide Powder – Adding in the Zinc Oxide Powder will automatically make this recipe contain an SPF of 30, along with the other amounts of SPF from the oils (most health food stores should have this in stock!)*
*Be sure to wear gloves when you are handling Zinc Oxide Powder!
Add all of the ingredients into a glass bowl. Leave the zinc oxide powder out until the end. Boil some water in a pot, and place the glass bowl over it, creating a double broiler. Bring the water down to a simmer, and stir the ingredients until everything has melted together. Remove from the heat, and now add in the zinc oxide powder. Mix up your ingredients until everything has blended together. Pour the mixture into a glass jar or other container. I’d stay away from trying to use a pump bottle as the mixture is thick and may not pump out very easily. I stuck mine in the fridge to allow it to cool and set before using.
I sat out in the sun this past weekend and lathered the sun oil onto my body, avoiding my face. I sat out for about 2 hours, and when I came inside, my body retained some color without being burnt! I will definitely be taking this with me whenever I’m headed to the beach.