Hey, everyone! Sorry I’ve been pretty MIA lately. Lots of really exciting things coming up that I can’t wait to tell you about! But today, I have a guest post from a wonderful yoga friend of mine named Abigail. She runs an amazing yoga and natural health blog that is really inspiring. You can find all sorts of recipes and other fun content. She even hosts corporate yoga workshops and is starting to video an online herbalism course. Please, please, please check her out!! Her link will be at the end of her article.
Without much further ado, let’s get to her post!
Summertime means sun time! The warm weather is a joy to be in, but it’s necessary to protect your skin from sunburns and other skin damage.
Most conventional sunscreen is full of toxic chemicals (that’s why you can’t put it on a baby under six months old!). These chemicals are also damaging to coral reefs, for those of you planning numerous exotic vacations this summer.
You can certainly buy natural sunscreens, which are thankfully on the market nowadays, but it’s possible to have a lot of fun making your own!
Before I share this super simple and all-natural DIY sunscreen recipe bonanza, let’s have a chat about my three rules that will make your sun time HEALTHY and SAFE.
Rule Number One: Get a little sunshine every day. You don’t synthesize vitamin D unless some skin is exposed to the sun, preferably before solar noon. Be mindful about how long you will be in the sun so you don’t burn (check out the app D Minder to find out all this based on your location).
Rule Number Two: The best way to protect your skin from the sun is to COVER UP. Yep – a hat, a long sleeve white shirt, etc. Don’t toss aside the very sensible method of sunscreen commonly known as your clothing. It works.
Rule Number Three: Apply your natural sunscreen often. It won’t protect you all day, and isn’t waterproof. Keep it handy and use it up.
These are my three rules for fun in the sun – feel free to use them yourself, and if you think of any more, add them to your list.
And now…your herbal-based all-natural DIY sunscreen recipe!
2 tbs cacao butter
2 tbs shea butter
¼ cup beeswax
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup calendula infused almond oil
¼ cup lavender infused avocado oil
Place all these ingredients into a heatproof glass container and heat in a pot of just simmering water until melted.
Infusing your oils with herbs is optional, but calendula is great for the skin, and lavender has sun-protective properties (and smells divine).
Once melted, remove your container from the heat (use a hot pad people, please).
Whip in 2 heaping tbs non-nano zinc oxide powder and 1 tsp carrot seed oil, which has an SPF around 19, so it adds a little extra protection. Whipping is optional; it will result in a smoother finish if you like the aesthetic of that, but it all goes on the same.
I reuse a glass jar to store mine in. It will keep for the season at room temperature. I recommend making a new batch every year.
If you give this sunscreen a try, let us know how it goes. And most important of all, enjoy your summer of fun in the sun!
Love & Health,
Abigail is a former Corporate Career Girl turned Wellness Warrior after using yoga and natural remedies to support healing from a stroke 6 years ago. She is a 500RYT Yoga Instructor, Family Herbalist, & Mindful Mama. Visit her website at: http://www.wellwithabigail.com/