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Why you should rethink using your sunscreen!

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Last Updated on October 23, 2020 by Renee’

I don’t know about you but I am the Sunscreen Police around my house.

When I was a kid, every time I would go in the sun I would break out in a rash. Talk about miserable, horrible itching & oh, so painful! My mom took me to the doctor & he told me that I was allergic to the sun & I needed to stay out of it. He called the rash “sun poison”. 

Seriously?  Allergic to the sun?  I had never heard such a thing! Can you imagine trying to keep a kid out of the sun? Me either.

I remember my first trip to the beach, I was a teenager,  I broke out all over from head to toe.  I couldn’t stand to have any piece of clothing touch my body! I was so miserable.  The trip was cut short & I didn’t know if I ever wanted to go to the beach again.  I learned very quickly about using sunscreen.

Sunscreen  

I used it every time I went outside. Even with sunscreen, I would break out on my chest.  I reapplied every hour.  Fast forward to 3 years ago, I got skin cancer on my chest. What? How could that happen? I was so careful!

The dermatologist decided to give me a prescription cream to put on twice a day instead of having surgery for skin cancer. 

I had to wear finger cots because the medicine was so powerful you could not get it on your fingers. Now I know why. It started eating my skin. It looked & felt like I had a flesh-eating disease.

Now whether I got skin cancer because of the sun or the sunscreen, I’ll never know, but I can assure you, I will never use that nasty chemical sunscreen again. I’ve always been very careful in the sun, so it makes you wonder why I got skin cancer.

Vitamin D DeficiencyWhy you should rethink using your sunscreen! www.thehealthnutmama.ccom

Also, another problem with wearing sunscreen is Vitamin D Deficiency. So even though you want to wear sunscreen for long exposure to the sun, a little sun is very beneficial to our health.

Try to get at least 20-30 minutes a day without, if possible.  If you are not getting enough sun, make sure to get your vitamin D levels checked & take a supplement if needed. I make sure I take a supplement every day. This is the one I take.Sunshine Natural Vitamin D

 

So, since then, I have been on the search for natural, organic sunscreens.  I have found a few through Thrive Market and Amazon. This is the one I use. I also use their skin products. They have several ones to suit your needs.

 

Here are some that are on the EWG safe list:

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If you are not sure of the brand you are using, you can search for it here.

Of course, if you want to make your own,  here is a recipe that I use when I make my own.

Homemade Sunscreen

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Combine coconut oil & shea butter a glass jar or measuring cup.
  • Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water on the stove over medium/low heat.
  • Place the glass jar or measuring cup in a saucepan and stir contents until ingredients start to melt.
  • Once they have melted & combined, remove from hot water
  • Add the rest of the ingredients & mix well. When adding the zinc oxide, don’t inhale the dust.
  • Pour in container & store in a cool place.

 

Tips:

  • When adding the zinc oxide, don’t inhale the dust.
  • To be more waterproof add Bees Wax when melting coconut oil & shea butter
  • You can add any of the oils or natural ingredients I have listed below
  • Avoid citrus oils as they will make your skin more sensitive to the sun
  • Also, If you are in a hurry, grab your favorite natural lotion (without citrus oils) & add a couple of Tbs. of Zinc Oxide & mix well
  • You can store in the refrigerator
  • Best if used within 6 mo

Here is a list of Oils etc… & their natural SPF values:

 

 

Why you should rethink using your sunscreen!

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Instructions

  1. Combine coconut oil & shea butter a glass jar or measuring cup.
  2. Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water on the stove over medium/low heat.
  3. Place the glass jar or measuring cup in a saucepan and stir contents until ingredients start to melt.
  4. Once they have melted & combined, remove from hot water
  5. Add rest of the ingredients & mix well.
  6. When adding zinc oxide, don't inhale the dust.
  7. Pour in container & store in a cool place.

Notes

When adding zinc oxide, don't inhale the dust.

To be more waterproof add Bees Wax when melting coconut oil & shea butter

You can add any of the oils or natural ingredients I have listed below

Avoid citrus oils as they will make your skin more sensitive to the sun

Also, If you are in a hurry, grab your favorite natural lotion (without citrus oils) & add a couple of Tbs. of Zinc Oxide & mix well

You can store in the refrigeratorBest if used in 6 mo

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10 comments

  1. Shann says:

    Wow. I had no idea all those oils had SPF. Such great information! I bet your sunscreen smells amazing too. We have babyganics right now, but I’m going to look into making my own. Thank you!

  2. eleni says:

    Wow! Such a great post! I live in a country where the sun is incredibly strong and sunscreen is a must. I tend to use organic ones on myself and my son but was thinking of making my own so thank you for this.

  3. Carmen N Mobberly says:

    I love Badger sunscreen. I use it for me and my son. It really is crazy to think that with sunscreen, you’d get skin cancer, but so many things are toxic these days that really nothing is safe.

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