Keep that Skin Beautiful in the sun!
We all know how pretty we feel with fresh glowing golden skin, and its hard to stay out of the sun in summer when it's so beautiful out, but we do need to remember the effects it will have on our skin down the line.
And with all the warnings about sun-screen, what's a girl to do? Here's some of our fave skin hacks , to maintain a healthy glowing tan & to protect from those unwanted UV rays
My FAVE is Coconut oil.
Coconut oil is probably the most used beauty tool in my life, I put it literally on everything . You can use it as a hair mask & as a leave in conditioner, you can eat it, use it for oil-pulling & for whiter teeth, and you can use on your skin. Not only that , but it it incredible as a moisturizer because it is able to penetrate your skin on a deeper level than your average product because of its low molecular weight and the way it bonds with proteins. So why does coconut oil for skin work so well? In part, it’s due to the saturated fats that helps the skin stay moisturized, with the fat preventing moisture loss through the skin’s pores. These fats give the skin a healthy, smooth and even tone. Not only will it keep you hydrated, but its incredible as a natural Sun Barrier as well. Coconut oil is known to work wonders as natural skin protection. When applied topically it's natural anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties will detoxify the outer layers of your skin. This will help to avoid the harmful chemical reaction these toxins can have when exposed to the suns UV rays. Meaning, it helps prevent burning and oxidative damage that promotes skin cancer.
Make your own The best way to know what your putting on your skin is to do it yourself. Homemade sunscreen recipes are easier than you think. You can add any kinds of natural oils, like Coconut oil, Shea butter, Jojoba Oil, Sunflower oil, Sesami Oil etc, and just add Zinc oxide (nan-nano is shown to be non toxic) (amount depends on the SPF amount you would like)
2-5 SPF: Use 5% zinc oxide
6-11 SPF: Use 10% zinc oxide
12-19 SPF: Use 15% zinc oxide
>20 SPF: Use 20% zinc oxide
A great recipe we love , from DIY.com, is below ! Ingredients:
1 oz. coconut oil
0.8 oz. shea butter
0.1 oz. jojoba, sesame, or sunflower oil
0.1 oz. Vitamin E oil
30 drops essential oils, optional – I use 15 lavender, 10 eucalyptus, 5 peppermint
zinc oxide powder (determine amount for 2 oz. of lotion)
Directions:Add coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba/sesame/sunflower oil to a makeshift double boiler. (To make your own double boiler, place a Pyrex measuring cup containing ingredients inside a small pot filled with a few inches of water). Heat until melted. Remove from double boiler and allow to cool a little. Put on a mask that covers your nose and mouth (to avoid breathing in the fine particles of zinc oxide powder), and measure out your zinc oxide. Add zinc oxide, Vitamin E oil, and optional essential oils to the other ingredients. Stir well to combine. Store in a dark jar in the refrigerator.To Use:Apply liberally to exposed skin. Reapply every few hours, or more often if swimming or sweating. Another Great Sun screen Recipe :
10 drops lavender
1 tbsp pomegranate oil
3/4 C coconut oil
2 tbsp Zinc Oxide
2 tbsp shea butter
Combine all ingredients except zinc oxide in a jar.
Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water on stove over medium/low heat.
Place jar in saucepan and stir contents until ingredients start to melt.
Once all ingredients are combined, add in zinc oxide and stir well. Store in a cool place.
Do you guys have any great recipes for natural sunscreens that you would like to share? Send them over to us to be featured ! Stay sun-safe kids !