We are in the middle of summer and of course; the question about the right sunscreen is one we all ask sooner or later. In today’s post I want to share with you why I would NEVER ever use conventional sunscreen, how you can make your own sunscreen, and what alternatives you can shop. I am also sharing some tips for an organic and natural aftersun care.
Let me begin by explaining why I would never ever use conventional sunscreen;
Conventional sunscreens use one or more chemicals including oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Most common are oxybenzone, methoxycinnamate, and PABA which are estrogenic chemicals and are all linked to cancer. All these chemicals are absorbed by our skin and are able to enter into our bloodstream where they can easily harm our cells. Whenever you buy a sunscreen watch out for those toxic chemicals. They are in around 97% of all conventional sunscreens.
Mineral sunscreens are typically considered a safer option but you should take a closer look to make sure that the zinc used in the sunscreen is a non-nano zinc oxide.
And just as a short side note; vitamin D is an essential vitamin which we absorb when we allow the sun to shine onto our skin. When we use sunscreen, vitamin D can not be absorbed. Please note that the sun is not our enemy, the toxics in conventional sunscreens are. They are linked to much more cancer than the sun ever was. If you are intersted in the topic just google “why not to use conventional sunscreen” and you will find a whole lot of very well researched articles 🙂
So what kind of protection to use? I use two different kinds of sun protection – a homemade sunscreen/ oil and an organic ready to use sunscreen from Butterbean Organics.
So first about the homemade ones. One option is to use pure coconut oil. Coconut oil has a spf of 4-9 and I use it whenever I only spend a little bit of time in the sun and I do not need that much protection. It works great for that plus it’s awesome for your skin. Plus it’s not very expensive.
Last year I posted a recipe for a homemade sunscreen. You can find it HERE. This summer I am using the exact same recipe except for that I leave out the cocoa butter and the bees wax. So I basically just blend sesame oil, coconut oil, and carrot seed oil, and I have a nice and perfectly healthy sun protection oil with a spf around 20.
The fewer ingredients the store bought sun screen has, the better it is. As with food, I only consume those cosmetics where I can relate to the things written on the ingredients list. So here is what is in the sunscreen from Butterbean Organics: Non-nano uncoated zinc oxide, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, and Sunflower Vitamin E. That’s it! I am amazed by this sunscreen and it is the first one ever that I put on my little ones skin. So far she only got the homemade one, but now that she also likes to play in the water when we go to the lake, and hence, she gets a lot more sunshine, I am glad to have a water-resistent healthy alternative to my homemade oils and creams.
Last year I bought an organic sunscreen in a local shop but even in this organic sunscreen (which of course came in a plastic tube) there were that many unknown ingredients that in the end, I never actually used it (and I think I am going to throw it away sooner or later). I am soooo glad I found the ones from Butterbean Organics this summer! The cream is super soft and applies nicely and the little sport stick is just perfect for my littles ones nose and ears!
By the way, I got the sunscreen through the shop Monomeer which is like my new favorite for everthing cosmetics and everything household. Why? Not only are the products that you can find there organic but they are all plastic free too! How cool is that? This is definetly another reason for why I can recommend the Butterbean Organics Sunscreen – quite in contrast to 95% of all organic sunscreen and 100% of all conventional sunscreens out there, it comes with NO PLASTIC!
And after the sun bath? I cannot recommend buying any of those after sun lotions which contains loads of parabenes and other chemicals. As usual, nature is the best choice. For me and my family I use aloe vera as a after sun care. Whenever we have aloe vera leaves, I use the fresh juice from the leaf. But you can also use a 100% aloe vera juice which works perfectly cooling as well.
Another special little extra that I like to use when I want spoil my skin after a sun bath, is a facemask made from avocado and avocado oil. Just mash half of an avocado, add some avocado oil to it, and apply to your face and neck line. Wash off after around 20 minutes. You can also use the avocado oil pure on your neck or shoulders when you feel that maybe they go a little bit too much sun. By the way, avocado oil has a spf of around 4… can you see how easy it is to treat your skin and protect it at the same time without stressing it with toxic chemicals!?
So I guess that was it for today. I hope this helped some of you to understand more about the dangers of conventional sunscreen and get an idea of the many alternatives there are. I hope I inspired one or two of you to think twice before getting hands of the next plastic bottle filled with chemicals which will end up in our precious oceans in the end.
By the way, this is where we spent our Saturday and where I took the pictures of this post. We went for a long walk for the little ones nap and stopped here for a break, we picked a whole lot of blackberries on our way and enjoyed them there – together with this view 🙂