Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Homemade Sunscreen

Do you use sunscreen?  Do you know what the ingredients are?

Common ingredient in US sunscreens is detected:
  • ·         in nearly every American
  • ·         found in mother’s milk
  • ·         1-9 % skin penetration in lab studies

Side Effects: Allergies, immune toxicity, Endocrine 

Octinoxate (Octyimethoxycinnamate)

Has hormone-like activity, disrupts the reproductive system, thyroid and behavioral alterations in animal studies.

Nine of the 16 chemical sunscreens are considered endocrine disrupters.  Most commonly disturbed are estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid.

Carrot Seed Oil
Has a natural SPF 38-40

Coconut oil
Has a natural SPF 2-8 

Mix 15 drops of Carrot Seed Oil into 2 ounces of coconut oil

Use Caution When Using Natural Oils for Sunscreen

Since not all oils are created equal, the SPF can vary when it is on your skin. Determining the exact SPF factor of an oil is difficult, espeically given that natural oils oxidize (lose some of their medicinal properties) over time and when exposed to light. Ensure that you are purchasing your oils from a recommended source and always do your research.

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