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Let’s Not Burn: Sunscreen Your Skin Will Love

Believe it or not, I do get sun burned.  My hair turns red, my face turns red, and I peel…really bad.  My skin also turns super sensitive and hurts like the dickens.  Don’t let anybody fool you.  Everyone can get sun burned and as an athlete I learned that several times the hard way.  I’ve also learned that once you’re burned, sunscreen hurts.  It just burns.  So here as some kinder alternatives for you that will soothe you skin pre burn or post burn.

Alternative #1:

  Supplies

  1.     Beeswax 1/4 of a cup
  2.     1/4 of Coconut Oil (organic)
  3.     2 tbsps of Zinc Oxide (find more information on this under Ingredients)
  4.     3 drops of an essential oil of your choice for scent purposes

Fresh raw beeswax from a local bee farm is the best and what I recommend.  Take a glass jar and place a chunk of fresh beeswax in it.  I tend to eye ball the amount of beeswax so sometimes I may melt down too much.  Anyways, place the glass jar in a pan half full of water the same temperature as the glass.  Place the heat on low and every 8ish minutes raise the heat until the water is simmering.  This is the best method to melt beeswax without ruining any of your dishes.  Once the beeswax is completed melted, keep the water simmering.  Add the coconut oil and watch it quickly melt.  Add some more coconut oil if you used a bit too much beeswax.  Then add the essential oil of your choice.  Once that’s done, turn off the heat or flame and add the 2 tbsps of Zinc Oxide.  Be sure to stir this clockwise or counter clockwise until everything has mixed together.  If while solidifying it appears to be separating, start stir again.

This process can be tedious, but it’s worth it and it easily washes off your skin without leaving behind residue.  This is about an SPF 15 sunscreen.  However, use caution with Zinc Oxide.  Do not let your mini mes get their hands on it.  Also do not inhale this stuff.  When dealing with any powder of any sort this can happen, but you need to be really caution with Zinc Oxide.  It’s okay on your skin, but not internally.  There are places that sell Zinc Oxide micronized or in nano form.  Keep in mind who you purchase it from.  Also remember that Zinc Oxide is also in commercially produced sunscreens natural and synthetic alike.  Different amounts of Zinc Oxide can be added for different SPF levels.  For instance:

For SPF 2-5: Use 5% zinc oxide

For SPF 6-11: Use 10% zinc oxide

For SPF 12-19: Use 15% zinc oxide

For SPF >20: Use 20% zinc oxide

If you don’t want to risk using Zinc Oxide or if you would like to try something without it first, here’s a recipe for you.

Alternative #2:

  Supplies

  1.     Beeswax 1/4 of a cup
  2.     1/4 of Coconut Oil (organic)
  3.     1/4 of a cup of Shea Butter (organic)
  4.     1 tbsp of Vitamin E oil
  5.     2 drops of Carrot Seed Oil
  6.     3 tbsps of Jojoba Oil
  7.    2 drop of Lavender Oil

Take a glass jar and place a chunk of fresh beeswax in it.   Place the glass jar in a pan half full of water the same temperature as the glass.  Place the heat on low and every 8ish minutes raise the heat until the water is simmering.  Again this is the best method to melt beeswax without ruining any of your dishes.  Once the beeswax is completed melted, keep the water simmering.  Add the coconut oil and watch it quickly melt.  Repeat this with the rest of the ingredients, but remember you can add some more coconut oil if you used a bit too much beeswax.  Once that’s done, turn off the heat and allow the glass to cool on a surface that can withstand the high heat.  Keep in mind the glass and everything in it will be very hot.  Once it cools, it’s ready to use.  This mix has skin revitalizing and skin protecting properties, but it will melt if left in a hot place or if it’s left in the sun.  Keep in mind that the SPF levels of this alternative may not be as high as you need.  By all means though, try it out.  If it works for you then it’s a win win situation.  So comment, like, share, and tell us your remedies that have worked.  Tschus!

 

P.S.

You can get your sunscreen to look like our photo by waiting until your sunscreen has cooled enough not to melt plastic, add it to a small zip lock bag or icing bag, cut off one of the corners of the zip lock bag, and squeeze it into your final container like icing.  Messy?  Yes.  Nice looking?  Most definitely.

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