I dislike using sun cream. It blocks absorption of UV radiation, which produces Vitamin D in the skin. Vitamin D is a cancer-preventer and has innumerous benefits to human health. Many people are Vitamin D deficient because we’ve been raised on a fear theory about sun exposure, and so to prevent getting skin cancer we slather toxic cancer-causing sun creams onto our largest organ and make sure that no part of our body gets the sunlight it actually needs. There are ways other than sun cream to protect ourselves from sun damage, and I share about these further below.
Despite my immense dislike of sun cream, I live in Queensland ‘The Sunshine State’ Australia, and occasionally there is a time and place for using it. I used it twice over the past summer, both on scorching days where I had prolonged sun exposure during the middle of the day. I made sure that I used my own homemade version though, instead of toxic chemical sun protection or a ‘safer’ organic product that I would have to work for a week to pay for.
I can’t take credit for this recipe – it is from Green Foot Mama, a fellow Queenslander who suggests that this yields a cream that is SPF20+. It works and it’s lovely.
I put it in the refrigerator to set, but after that it is fine to keep out. In fact, I kept a jar in my car throughout summer and it is still perfectly fine!
Homemade Sun Cream
3/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax (I use pellets)
2 Tbs shea butter
2 Tbs zinc oxide powder
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops roman chamomile essential oil OR myrrh essential oil
(Ingredients can be purchased at most soap supply shops / websites). Place coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter in a saucepan and melt gently and slowly on low heat. Remove from heat and add essential oils and zinc. Mix well with a whisk or fork to ensure no lumps. Pour into containers and place in refrigerator to set.
I personally keep mine in glass as I am trying to eradicate plastic from my life. I worry about putting anything hot/heated into plastic and the risks of leaching toxins into the product. But you can store it in whatever way is convenient to you!
There are other ways you can protect yourself naturally from sun damage. I prefer to build up my internal sun cream and a natural resistence to UV rays through small amounts of daily exposure to sunlight and by eating a diet high in antioxidants. I protect my body from nutrient deficiencies that allow radiation damage to occur. I recently had my antioxidant levels tested and they were sky high, topping the scale that was used. I believe diet is a sensible and effective approach to sun protection, and that on the odd occasion that an extra boost of protection may be needed for whatever reason, then use a homemade non-toxic version of sun cream, such as this one!