Homemade Essential Oil Sunscreen
SPF 35 and nontoxic
3 oz Coconut Oil / Melted
2 T Zinc Oxide
20 Drops Carrot Seed Oil
15 Drops Lavender Oil
Mix all together and apply as needed.
Now that the warm weather’s finally upon us, it’s important to remember that while we may love the outdoors, going to the beach and how we look with a tan, there are serious consequences when we get too much sun exposure. Overexposure to the sun causes sunburn, premature aging of the skin, wrinkling, and skin cancer, including melanoma. Here are tips to help you enjoy the outdoors without hurting yourself.
Unprotected sun exposure is dangerous
Sunlight consists of ultraviolet (UV) rays, as well as related rays such as UVA, UVB, and UVC.
UVA rays are present throughout the day and are the most important cause of premature aging of the skin. In addition, UVA rays are responsible for photosensitivity reactions and also contribute to skin cancer.
UVB rays are most intense from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and are most responsible for sunburn and skin cancer development.
UVC rays are filtered by the ozone layer and do not reach the earth’s surface.
Increased exposure to UV radiation occurs nearer the equator, during summer months, at higher elevation and during peak daylight. Reflection from the snow, sand, and water increases exposure, a particularly important consideration for beach activities, skiing, swimming, and sailing. You can limit your dangerous exposure and help prevent burns and long-term damage by covering exposed areas when possible, wearing hats, and using sunscreens.
When to apply sunscreen
Apply sunscreen approximately 30 minutes before being in the sun (for best results) so that it can be absorbed by the skin and less likely to wash off when you perspire.
Remember to reapply sunscreen after swimming or strenuous exercise.
Apply sunscreen often throughout the day if you work outdoors, and wear hats and protective clothing.
How to apply sunscreen
Shake well before use to mix particles that might be clumped up in the container. Consider using the new spray-on or stick types of sunscreen.
Be sure to apply enough sunscreen. As a rule of thumb, use an ounce (a handful) to cover your entire body.
Use on all parts of your skin exposed to the sun, including the ears, back, shoulders, and the back of the knees and legs.
Apply thickly and thoroughly.
Be careful when applying sunscreen around the eyes.
Now the only thing left to do is apply some sunscreen, go out side and have a awesome, sunburn free summer!