Make Your Own Natural Sunscreen
- The amount of skin you expose. The more skin you expose, the more vitamin D you can produce.
- How old you are. As you get older, your skin has a harder time producing vitamin D.
- Whether you’re wearing sunscreen. Sunscreen blocks a lot of vitamin D production.
- The altitude you’re at. The sun is more intense on top of a mountain than at the beach. This means you make more vitamin D the higher up you are (at higher altitudes).
- Whether it is cloudy. Less UVB reaches your skin on a cloudy day and your skin makes less vitamin D.
- Air pollution. Polluted air soaks up UVB or reflects it back into space. This means that if you live somewhere where there is lots of pollution, your skin makes less vitamin D.
- Being behind glass. Glass blocks all UVB, so you can’t make vitamin D if you’re in sunlight, but behind glass.
Rather than relying on powerful sunscreens that may end up doing more harm than good, consider a great, wide brim hat, a lightweight shirt or ducking under some shade! Catching rays is good for you, getting sunburned is not. A natural sunscreen is good to your skin however, it won't and I repeat won't, prevent sunburn if you spend too much time in the sun! Limited exposure to the sun during a morning walk, a little gardening in the backyard, a picnic or errand running are good times to test drive a natural sunscreen, but going bare, (no sunscreen at all) and allowing healthy UVB (ultraviolet) rays to reach your skin is optimal. Just remember, once your skin is close to becoming "pink" and this will vary for all of us, apply sunscreen, cover up or find shade. I keep my natural sunscreen simple by combining ingredients that have a natural SPF and moisturize: Coconut Oil - SPF 4 - 6 with moisturizing, pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Shea Butter - SPF 3 - 6 full of vitamins A, Z and K. Olive Oil - SPF 2 - 8 with moisturizing, with anti-inflammatory properties. Rosehip Seed Oil - Considered a "dry oil" it's not greasy, doesn't sit on the surface of the skin and is deep penetrating, guarding against weathered sun damaged skin. Carrot Seed Essential Oil - Highest SPF rating of most natural ingredients! SPF 38 - 40 and rich in antioxidants and vitamins B, C, D and E. You'll need 30 drops per ounce of solid base. Arrowroot Powder - is silky smooth, a natural deodorant and will absorb sweat. Vitamin e oil - rich in antioxidants, a natural preservative. While I can't state a specific SPF rating I feel safe that it's a close alternative to a store bought SPF 15 sunscreen and I love knowing that what I use on my skin is beneficial vs questionable.