Enjoy it, make your own homemade Sunscreen Lotion
But remember, there's no such thing as a safe tan.
A sunscreens has two purposes. Firstly it helps the skin maintain
moisture and its own natural oils which can be lost through exposure
to the sun's radiation. Secondly, a good sunscreen protect the skin
against UVA and UVB rays. It is said that the reduction in the atmosphere's
ozone layer has made these rays more damaging. The body's own defense
system to sunlight causes skin pigment cells, called melanocytes,
to synthesize increasing amounts of melanin, which is what a tan
actually is, gives our skin a protective pigmentation. It may not be
quite enough these days, especially if you are fair-skinned or have
a family history of skin cancer. Also see
If you use perfume oils, avoid citrus oils -
such as bergamot, orange, lemon or lime. They may cause unpleasant
skin reactions when exposed to the sun. They also reduce a sunscreen's
3 tbsp. unrefined sesame oil
1 tbsp. unrefined avocado oil
1 tbsp. unrefined jojoba oil
1 tbsp. walnut or almond oil
1 tbsp. shea butter
2 tbsp. cocoa butter
1 tsp. beeswax
1 tsp. soya-lecithin
2 tbsp. aloe-vera gel
2 tbsp. rose or lavender water
1/2 tsp. borax powder
20 drops carrot-seed essential oil
3-5 drops coconut fragrance oil (optional)
- Melt the first 4 oils, butters and beeswax in a double
boiler over medium heat until just melted. Add the soya-lecithin,
and stir to blend. Remove from heat.
- In a small saucepan, gently warm the aloe-vera gel and
rose or lavender water, and stir in borax powder until dissolved.
Remove from heat.
- When the oil and water mixtures are still warm to the
touch and about the same temperature, set the small saucepan
into a bowl of ice. Drizzle in the oil mixture while mixing
rapidly with a small whisk; a cream will quickly form.
- Add carrot-seed essential oil and coconut fragrance
oil if desired; blend thoroughly.
- Store in a clean, airtight jar or bottle, and refrigerate.
For After-Sun Relief
- To help reduce inflammation and cool and moisturize
sunburned skin, apply a thin coat of yogurt or aloe-vera
gel to reddened areas.
- Spray pure lavender water or hydrosol freely on sun-damaged
skin to keep skin hydrated, help prevent peeling and promote
the regeneration of cells.
- Add 2-3 drops of lavender oil to 1 tsp. of a carrier
oil, such as sweet-almond oil, and massage onto affected
area. Or apply diluted St. John's wort oil.
No Such Thing As A Safe Tan
To protect your skin from harmful UVA radiation,
use a suntan lotion with a high sun protection factor. Lotions
with plant-based oils, such as vitamin E-rich avocado oil, have
enhanced effectiveness. Vitamin E helps prevent premature skin
aging due to sun exposure. Remember, there is no such thing
as a safe tan. Use common sense, and always avoid any overexposure
to the sun.
What is UVA and UVB ?
Although benefits of UVA protection may seem limited in current
sunscreens, the lotions are still useful for protecting against
UVB rays and should continue to be used. The power of the sun
can seem hard to avoid in the heat of the summer, but by following
safe sun practices and taking care to protect vulnerable skin,
the risk of developing skin cancer can be minimized.
Australian researchers found that UVA rays caused
DNA damage to the cells deep within the skin. It is this layer
of cells that regenerates our
skin and it is feared that damage to the DNA of these cells
may increase a person's risk of developing skin cancer.
according to new research, while useful for protecting against
UVB rays, lotions are less protective against harmful UVA.
They discovered that the UVA protection offered by leading
sunscreen brands was not what might be expected. Furthermore,
even when sunscreens were applied in the recommended concentration,
they afforded much lower protection against the melanoma-inducing
and skin-ageing UVA light than against UVB.
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As well as containing moisturizing properties,
avocado, sesame oil and shea butter contain a low SPF sunscreen.
However, they have only a limited UVA/UVB-filtering ability,
thus you should not use them as your only skin protection. For
a natural sunscreen with a higher SPF. use a commercial sunscreen
with titanium dioxide.
Perishability and storage: To keep homemade sunscreen
from spoiling, use only clean utensils for preparation and storage.
Store lotions in the refrigerator, where they will keep for
about three to four weeks.
Proper application: To achieve maximum
protection from the sun, apply sunscreen to dry skin 30 minutes
before exposure. Limit your sun exposure time to less than one
hour; actual amount of time depends on your skin type.
Skin types: There are four basic skin types, each with
a different level of tolerance to sun exposure. People with
light skin and blond or reddish hair are Type I and their natural
protection time (amount of time skin can be exposed to the sun
without burning) is 5-10 minutes. The natural protection time
for people with skin Type II, who have a somewhat darker complexion,
is up to 20 minutes. People with skin Type III and IV, those
with much darker skin tones, can stay in the sun for 30-40 minutes.
To determine how long a sunscreen will protect you, multiply
your natural protection time by the SPF. Of course, if you have
a family history of skin cancer, you should always use a sunscreen
with a high SPF.
Hydrosol - The condensed
water that is left behind when plants are steam distilled to
make essential oil. A little like waters made from roses and
lavenders and other herbs, except more pure and a little more
concentrated. You can make your own waters, just by steeping
an herb in warm water and straining. Or, you can purchase hydrosols.
What is a hydrosol?
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