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Experts From Skana spa of the New York Resort Turning Stone Share a Great All Natural Sunscreen Recipe!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Create Your Own Safe Summer Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a must if you're going to be outdoors for long periods of time during the summer. However, it's not a good idea to simply grab a bottle of sunblock from your local grocery store, unless the product doesn't contain any harmful ingredients. EWG.org reports that oxybenzone, a chemical that is in 80 percent of sunscreens, has the ability to penetrate the skin, which causes allergic reactions and can even interrupt your natural hormone balance. (Calafat 2008, Rodriguez 2006, Krause 2012).

Another reliability source, Organicauthority.com, states that there are several natural oils that can serve as a source of healthy sunblock. For instance, red raspberry seed oil contains an SPF of 28 to 50, carrot seed oil has an SPF of 38 to 40, wheat germ oil is SPF 20, soybean oil contains SPF 10, macadamia oil is SPF 6, and jojoba oil has an SPF of 4. Other common oils like olive, coconut, hempseed and shea butter have a low SPF, but you can still use them to create your own sunscreen, since they add necessary moisture and an appealing scent.

The experts at Skana spa of the New York resort Turning Stone decided to share this recipe with us for a homemade sunscreen that is easy to make and that contains none of those dangerous chemicals.

What you need:

1 ounce of red raspberry seed oil
1 ounce of coconut oil
1 ounce of beeswax
5 to 10 drops of essential oil in a scent you like best (this step is optional)

Place a glass bowl on top of a pan filled with boiling water. Put all the ingredients in the bowl and mix the contents together until they melt. Let the sunscreen cool completely. The oils and beeswax in this DIY sunscreen give you hours of sun protection (you may need to apply it once every hour or so if you're in particularly warm climates or on the beach). The sunblock is waterproof as well, so it's great for using on your kids if they're spending the day at the pool. Store the all-natural sunblock in a plastic or glass bottle in the refrigerator, or in an area of your home that is cool and dry. 



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