Why do we shell out so much money during sunscreen season for chemical cocktails and end up with ingredients that disrupt hormones and accelerate skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin?
Because we assume that labels don't lie and that our government is watchdogging this billion-pound industry. They're not!
Here's a recipe to make your own sunscreen:In a saucepan on low heat combine:
70 grams of apricot kernel oil
35 grams of coconut oil
35 grams of bees wax
Mix gently until all ingredients are dispersed. Remove from the heat and add 100 grams of distilled water. Stir until thick and smooth, and add:
2 tablespoons of zinc oxide (Available at health food stores, and drug stores)
1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil
Leave it to set and store in a dark coloured glass jar.
When it comes to sun protection, covering up and limiting exposure is your safest bet. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and long sleeved clothing, and stay out of the sun during peak periods. When swimming, use protective swimwear and stay out of the sun during peak times.
No sunscreen is ever 100% effective in preventing sunburn.
Here's a list of stockists for natural products:http://www.amazon.com/Eco-Logical-Natural-Sunscreen-SPF30/dp/B004TTH1NM