Over 75% of commercial sunscreens contain toxic chemicals such as oxybenzone or cinnamates – both known chemicals tied to skin irritations! As a mom of two, I always watch what I put on the skin of children.
A short while back, I discovered Zinc Oxide, a derivative of zinc that, when I applied on the skin, absorbs the “broad spectrum” of ultraviolet rays, which includes both UVA and UVB. Not all commercial sunscreens absorb UVA and UVB.
UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling (photo-aging), and suppression of the immune system. UVB rays on the other hand, will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer.
In order to make your DIY homemade sunscreen in less than 5 minutes, you will need:
The Base – ¼ of a cup
Mango Butter: Moisturizes and keeps your skin soft.
The Oil (choose 1) – ¼ of a cup
Coconut Oil: SPF 6, anti-bacterial and moisturizing
Jojoba Oil: SPF 4, locks in moisture, great for oily skins
Almond Oil: SPF 5, for sensitive skins and moisturizing
Zinc Oxide: protects naturally against UVA and UVB
2 tablespoons for SPF 15 protection. Protects against 93% of UVB rays.
SPF 30 protects against 97% of UVB rays, whereas SPF 15 protects against 93% of UVB rays. It is commonly known that if applied frequently there isn't much of a difference between SPF 15 and 30.
1.Melt the Mango Butter, the Oil using the double boiler method and stir.
2. Remove from the heat when all ingredients have melted.
3. Slowly add the Zinc Oxide and continue stirring.
4. Store in a cool place.
5. Enjoy and share!
This formula has a shelf life of approximately six months.
Other benefits of Zinc Oxide:
- Helps treat acne
- Treat rashes and irritations
- Fights aging signs
- Can help prevent bacterial infections