But with the summer sun comes real concerns about skin safety. I was interested that the latest New York Times postabout sunscreen is saying that we should avoid being out in the sun at mid-day, and should still be wearing coverings like hats and sleeves as sunscreen doesn’t do enough to protect the skin during those harsh sunlight hours. The article also pointed out the dangerous hormone disrupting chemical oxybenzone – found in over 65% of sunscreens. The Environmental Working Group puts out a great sunscreen guide every year that highlights the best brands to buy.
The New York Times post also highlights Zinc Oxide as good ingredient to look for in sunscreen. Zinc Oxide must be at least 20% of the formula in order to be at least SPF30. So, knowing this, I realized I could make my own homemade sunscreen using Zinc Oxide powder, combining it with skin loving shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. It’s some good stuff. So let me show you how!
DIY Homemade Coconut Sunscreen with Shea Butter
Combine the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler (I just put a glass bowl over a saucepan with boiling water) and melt down before adding the beeswax. Remove from heat and pour into another bowl. Blend with a hand blender on medium and slowly add in the 2 tbsp zinc powder. Blend until well combined and there are no clumps. Let cool to room temperature and you’ve got sunscreen, baby! Store in a jar in a cool, dark cupboard for up to 1 month.
Now, this homemade sunscreen is a bit different from the store bought kind. It needs to be rubbed in with some vigor to avoid white streaks. But I can tell you that it definitely works, as I put some on this past weekend and didn’t burn after a day in the sunshine.