Summer is in full swing, and that means a lot of fun in the sun! That also means sun tans and unfortunately, sun BURNS! Turn on the television and you’ll see many commercials for suntan lotions and the importance of applying sunscreen.
While using sunscreen is important, did you know that many of the most popular sunscreens have chemicals in them that some people believe are toxic?
One such product is oxybenzone. It is found in the majority of sunscreens, and its primary function is to absorb ultraviolet light.
Now are they toxic or not? It depends on who you ask. It is an FDA approved product, and the American Academy of Dermatology says oxybenzone is safe. However, according to the Environmental Working Group, oxybenzone penetrates the skin, gets into the body and can cause allergic reactions.
It is also believed to interfere with the normal function of estrogen, testosterone, and the thyroid.
Now to be honest, it may be decades before we know if it’s truly safe or can cause health issues, but there are options for people who are interested in natural sunscreens.
Here’s a quick and easy natural sunscreen a person can make right at home:
· 10 drops lavender
· 1 tbsp pomegranate oil
· 3/4 C coconut oil
· 2 tbsp Zinc Oxide
· 2 tbsp Shea butter
1. Combine all ingredients except zinc oxide in a jar.
2. Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water on stove over medium/low heat.
3. Place jar in saucepan and stir contents until ingredients start to melt.
4. Once all ingredients are combined, add in zinc oxide and stir well. Store in a cool place.
If you’re concerned about the various chemicals out there, give this natural sunscreen a try. Your body might thank you!
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