With the first day of summer just around the bend, weekends will be filled with outdoor patios, cottages, camping, beaches, sports, and all kinds of activities that boost vitamin D. Unfortunately, these activities also often end with a bit too much sun — causing you to go straight for aloe.
Although you need to be exposed to the sun on a daily basis in order to avoid a vitamin D deficiency, roasting in the sun on a regular basis can lead to both acute and chronic adverse effects — including the deterioration of skin, and in severe cases, an increased risk of skin cancer.
We know to grab sunscreen when we'll be outdoors for long periods of time — but it's also well understood that standard options are packed with questionable chemicals. Track down a few simple ingredients and problem solved, you have yourself an all-natural solution.
We've come to recognize sunscreen as a runny liquid with an overpowering scent — which is why it's important to mention that this recipe steers away from that perceived image. It sure can be runny — especially when hot, but lacks that odd, highly synthetic scent. In order to whip up your own batch, you'll need:
Optional — You can get by with the top three ingredients, but if you want to strengthen the SPF of your sunscreen, feel free to add a splash of carrot or raspberry seed oil. In order to make a slightly more firm sunscreen, add equal parts beeswax to coconut oil; and if you'd like a scented option, add essential oils based on your preference.