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We all understand the importance of sunscreen to keep ourselves protected from harmful rays, but what happens when the solution only compounds the problem? Nearly every sunscreen sold in drugstores contains harmful chemicals that can cause lasting damage.

Laboratory studies of these chemicals indicate that they may mimic hormones and disrupt the hormone system. Sometimes, these harmful chemicals can penetrate the skin and cause allergic reactions and increased risks of hormonal issues.

While mineral sunscreens are available, most of the manufacturers use forms of minerals that are coated with inert chemicals. Even some of the “inactive ingredients” in sunscreen may be harmful. Many of the preservatives used in sunscreen can cause skin to be extra sensitive, or cause skin allergies.

Luckily, we have a way to protect ourselves from the sun using natural and safe ingredients without the harmful chemicals and preservatives found in the drugstore. Here is what you need for this natural sunscreen recipe :

  • Carnauba Wax: A vegetable wax obtained from the carnauba tree, and is used primarily to give body to our sunscreen.  For More recipes with Carnauba wax, click here.
  • Zinc Oxide: This is used as a Physical sun block. Physical sun blocks have generally been considered safer option, which make them perfect for sensitive skin.The American Cancer Society includes zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide in a list of the only proven ingredients to protect against UVA rays.
  • Shea Butter: Apart from being a natural source of SPF 4- 6, it also has moisturising properties that protect our skin from drying out in the hot sun. For More recipes with Shea butter, click here.
  • Organic Coconut Oil: This plant kernel oil has emollient properties and is a natural, non-toxic sun block with SPF 4-6. For more recipes with Coconut oil, click here.
  • Avocado Virgin Oil:This is mono saturated oil making it nourishing for dehydrated, sun exposed and dry skin. For more recipes with Avocado Oil, click here.
  • Vitamin E: plays a crucial role in protecting skin cells and membranes from environmental damage. This protection extends to stopping damage to the skin from UV rays, pollutants and ageing. For more recipes with Vitamin E, click here.
  • Lavender Silicone Mould: This mould provides an easy-to-use size and shape for our sunscreen.

First, melt the  2 spoons of Carnauba Wax, and an equal amount of shea butter, and stir to combine.

Add 1 spoon each of the coconut oil, avocado oil, and  1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E. Stir until the ingredients are completely combined.

Then add 1-2 spoons of  zinc oxide. Pour the mixture into your silicone mould and allow it to set until hard.

Now you can enjoy the beach, the pier, or a sunset stroll while remaining perfectly protected from  both UVA and UVB rays without any harsh side effects.