Today is the first day of winter and here in Pennsylvania it’s cold and snowy. What a great day to day dream about our up coming vacation to Mexico and being preparing by making my own SPF with Coconut Oil!
Coconut Oil is the most logical oil to use for SPF, since it naturally protects your skin from the sun. During the summer months, I frequently use coconut alone when I’m in the sun… However when my skin hasn’t seen the sun in months and I’m going to spend 7 days in sunny mexico, I do protect my skin with a little SPF also (Zinc Oxide is the natural-healthy SPF to choose – remember the old-time lifeguards with white noses? That was Zinc Oxide!)
Did you know that there are studies showing that using chemical based SPF on your skin increases your risk of getting skin cancer MORE than sun exposure! Personally, I’m not afraid of the sun and think that there are more health risks associated with not getting enough sun (and Vitamin D) then there are of getting too much sun! But you still need to be smart about sun exposure, a burn is a burn and it’s never good. You know your skin and it’s important to take precautionary steps to avoid burning, whether it’s gradually building up your exposure, using all natural SPF, etc.
With my dark hair and medium skin tone, it’s no surprise that I don’t burn easily. My hubby on the other hand is blonde with fair skin, burns easily….well he USED to burn easily! Check out my post on How to increase your body’s natural SPF, from the Inside out! I share our secret SPF-Supplement regime we use during winter to prepare for vacation sun exposure.. Going from cold and snowy Pennsylvania to the hot tropical sun of Mexico, we don’t burn thanks to smart use of a healthy diet, Non-Toxic SPF and our SPF supplement regime!
If you aren’t interested in making your own SPF, I strongly recommend Dr Mercola’s SPFs.. we used them all last year and there were awesome! But I encourage you to try making your own, you’ll see how simple it is!
Recipe yields 2 cups of SPF Lotion:
1c Coconut Oil, melted over very low heat (Click HERE) or (Click HERE) for the coconut oils I use.
1/2c Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shea Butter Lotion (Click HERE to buy)*
1/2c Zinc Oxide Powder for 20 SPF or use 1/4c for 10 SPF (Click HERE for the Zinc I use)
1/2c Filtered Water
Combine everything in your blender, and blend until well combined/emulsified. I keep mine in the freezer when I don’t need it, it will keep about 3-4 months at room temperature. (for us one batch will last us all year) And always save containers to recycle them by reusing.. .the SPF20 is in a recycled small ketchup bottle and the SPF 10 is in a recycled Method Furniture Polish Spray Bottle 🙂 You can increase the SPF by increasing the Zinc Oxide… and if your house is cold it will become thicker and when you take it in the sun and it heats up it will be thinner 🙂