Why Use Homemade Sunscreens?
The season of getting a perfect tan is here. You can party at the gym or enjoy a stroll through the streets and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Summers are all about having fun until and unless it comes to fighting away the negative effects of sunlight which is in the form of UV rays which not only cause signs of premature aging but also causes more dangerous side effects like cancer etc. Thus, a sunscreen is your best defense against the atrocities of nature. Sunscreens also help you maintain a natural amount of tan by not overdoing it and enjoy the summer sun. Many recommend spray tans and staying out of the sun during the peak hours but if it’s necessary to go out then don’t let the sun stop you because you can always use a sun protection lotion. If the chemicals inside the sun protection lotions scare you, the best way to get rid of them is to try making your own homemade sunscreens which are natural, effective and free from chemicals.
Benefits of Using Homemade Sunscreens
We live in a fast-paced world where the concept of home remedies and homemade products has vanished over the years because we don’t find enough time for ourselves. Thus, many of us would just get frightened at the thought of homemade sunscreens because they might consume too much of our time but our age is not only a fast-paced one but it is also smart. This means we are intelligent and know about time-saving and money-saving alternatives to our daily chores and home-made sunscreen lotions are one such beneficial tactic to get rid of toxins. If this isn’t enough to convince you then here are few more benefits of using sunscreen lotions made at home:
1. They are more effective.
The branded sun protection lotions are made by companies that want to reduce their cost even if the benefits are reduced as well in the process. They might use too much cheaper chemical alternatives instead of the natural essentials that help fight the UV rays. This means the effectiveness of these chemical containing sunscreens is reduced while home-made sunscreens will address all your problems appropriately with 100% benefits so they are definitely better.
2. Free from Side-effects.
Ever wondered why your nutritionist keeps on telling you to quit processed foods and go for fruits and vegetables instead? The reason is quite simple and requires less thought as it is because the processed foods contain too many chemicals that cause more harm than benefits to your body. The same is true for chemical containing sun protection lotions as they also contain toxins that might cause premature aging and resistance to oxidation which might affect the natural process of regeneration and repair of the skin and leave it looking dull over the years of regular use.
3. Less Confusion
With so many brands of commercial sunscreens, it becomes very difficult to decide which one to buy. There is a long list of ingredients that you need to Google to understand better but who has that kind of time so you simply get confused about which product to buy and which to choose. With natural sunscreens made at home, you just have to see which ingredients are easily available and you can easily go for the most suitable one which means lesser hassle and even lesser confusion.
4. Regret-free Future
The costly sunscreens that require too much time to choose and leave side-effects on your skin are simply a nightmare for every woman around. This means too many regrets for the future which might lead you to seek dermatological advice in the future which might definitely consume more money and time than making your own sunscreen at home. Thus, save yourself from a regretful future and start using your own amazing sunscreen lotions that can help protect your skin not only from exposure to the sun but also from unnecessary chemicals.
Recipes for Sunscreens
After going through the benefits of homemade sunscreens you might want to hunt through the internet or your grandmother’s diaries for original and authentic recipes of homemade sunscreens. However, there is no need to do either because here is a list of recipes of useful home-made sunscreen lotions that you need to try:
1. Lavender Sunscreen
You might need the following ingredients:
- 1 oz Coconut Oil
- 0.8 oz Shea Butter
- 0.1 oz Sesame Oil
- 30 drops Eucalyptus and Lavender Essential Oils
- 0.1 oz Vitamin E Oil
- Zinc-oxide (NonNano)
All these ingredients have low SPF characteristics but when mixed together can prove to be very good for you and your skin. You need to mix the oils and then add the zinc oxide which is a non-irritant sun block in a dark air-tight jar. Use it after letting the oils mix overnight.
2. Quick Natural Sunblock
You need the following ingredients:
- ¾ cups Premade Lotion which should be rich in essential oils or any home-made lotion you regularly use.
- Non-nano Zinc depending on your coverage
- Cocoa powder only a tint of it that too optional
Mix all the ingredients well and store in a refrigerator for greater durability.
3. Amazing Sunscreen Recipe
- ½ cup almond or olive oil
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup beeswax
- 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide
Mix all ingredients in a jar except zinc-oxide and put in a pan of boiling water with the jar loosely closed so the mixture melts and then add zinc oxide and store in a cool dry place.
4. Natural Sunscreen
A very effective and fruity recipe includes the following ingredients:
- 1 oz Coconut Oil
- 0.08 oz Raspberry Seed Oil
- 0.1 oz Shea Butter
- 2-7 tablespoons depending on coverage Zinc Oxide
- 0.08 oz Carrot Seed Oil
- 0.1 oz Almond Oil
Mix all the ingredients well except zinc oxide and heat them in a double boiler, then when it melts add zinc oxide.
5. Sunflower Oil Sunscreen
You may need:
- 0.8 oz Sunflower Oil
- 0.1 oz Vitamin E oil
- Zinc Oxide depending on SPF coverage
- 1 oz Almond Oil
Mix all the oils in liquid form and then add zinc oxide and store in a dark jar which should be placed in the refrigerator.
Thus, home-made sunscreens are the best way to reduce costs as well as negative effects of the chemicals and UV rays so they should be more regularly used.
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