What do sunscreens contain?

During this period, the shelves are full of sun creams of the most disparate brands; rather necessary purchase if we want to protect ourselves from UV rays.

However, we are talking about products that contain toxic substances that are harmful to the skin. Another aspect that should not be underestimated: sunscreens slow down the natural production of vitamin D, this deficiency certainly does not benefit the health of our body!

What do sunscreens contain?
Many of these creams have chemicals capable of causing the appearance of serious diseases; the most dangerous ones contain petroleum derivatives, moreover the preservatives and dyes can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. Let's see specifically some substances contained in sun creams

  • Oxybenzone: can cause allergic reactions, the appearance of free radicals and in the worst cases the growth of skin tumors.
  • Avobenzone: if it is not perfectly stabilized in the sunscreen formulation, it becomes highly toxic.
  • Other toxic and dangerous ingredients are: Octyl salicyclate, Cinoxate, Padimate O, Dioxybenzone, Phenylbenzimidazole, Homosalate, Sulisobenzone, Menthyl anthranilate, Trolamine salicyclate, Octocrylene, etc.

These substances cause premature aging of the skin, facilitate degenerative diseases such as cancer, arthritis and cardiovascular diseases. Unfortunately, the only way to protect your skin from UV rays without side effects is to resort to 100% natural sun creams. For more information read "How to protect yourself from the sun"

DIY sunscreen
Also considering the prices of the non-toxic lotions we can make a sunscreen at home with safe and natural ingredients. The advantages are multiple and self-production has a zero impact on the environment.
The ingredients:

  • 50 grams of coconut oil
  • 15 grams of pure zinc oxide: you can find it online or in the supermarket in the baby toiletries department
  • 10 grams of beeswax
  • 30 grams of aloe vera gel
  • 250 ml of water
  • 10 drops of vanilla extract

How it is prepared

  1. Heat the almond oil in a bain marie together with the beeswax
  2. As soon as the wax melts, add the essential oils and transfer everything to a bowl
  3. Add the zinc oxide powder, taking care not to inhale it
  4. Separately, heat the water together with the aloe vera
  5. Transfer the mixture into the bowl containing the mixture made previously and mix well until the mixture is homogeneous: if you prefer you can add some other essential oil to improve the fragrance.
  6. Pour the sunscreen into a sterilized jar with an airtight seal
  7. Yours is ready DIY sunscreen

To be kept in a cool and dry place

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