The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and the Food and Drug administration (FDA) has raised concerns over the chemical composition of sunscreen products. Many studies have shown that sunscreens contain chemicals that can seep into the bloodstream and may be linked to certain health problems.
But sun exposure itself comes with risks, so what can we do to protect ourselves from both UV rays and chemicals?
Natural Ways to Protect yourself from Sun damage
- Avoid sunlight during the hours where the sun’s UV rays are the most dangerous (such as midday-afternoon)
- Stay in the shade during outside activities.
- Wear appropriate clothing that shields your skin from damage.
- Avoid over-exposure to direct sunlight and wear proper skin protection.
You can use a natural sunscreen solution made with organic products to prevent sunburn without exposing yourself to chemicals in traditional sunscreen products. Below is a recipe you can make at home to protect you and your family from harmful UV rays in a more natural way.
- 6 teaspoons Shea Butter
- 8 teaspoons ofzinc oxide powder
- 12 teaspoons of choice carrier oil (almond, olive or jojoba)
- 6 teaspoons of Vitamin E oil
- 6 teaspoons of beeswax pellets
- Melt shea butter and beeswax in double boiling pot on stove top.
- Once melted, mix in the carrier oil and vitamin E oil.
- Stir until blended.
- Carefully mix in the zinc oxide powder.
- It is recommended you wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose to avoid breathing in the powder.
- Mix thoroughly until all ingredients have blended.
- Allow mixture to cool.
- Pour mixture into glass container.
- Store in a cool, dry place away from kids and pets.
Apply a generous amount to areas which will be exposed to sunlight. Careful to avoid getting into eyes or mouth. Reapply as needed after swimming or excess sweating.
Sunshine is an important factor in human health, but common sense and moderation are key to living a healthy life. Please be responsible with your sun exposure.