sunscreen http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11997/all en-US Homemade Sunblock and 6 Other Non-Toxic Recipes to Get Your Skin Sun-Ready http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sunscreen-179466381-small.jpg" alt="sunblock" title="sunblock" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the days get brighter and the nights warm up, we're spending more and more time outdoors. Summer is the prime season for enjoyment and activity, but it's also the height of painful sunburns. I'm trying to become more conscious and careful about the lotions and salves I slather onto my body. Sometimes, even the most natural sunblocks contain more harmful ingredients than I'd like to see. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work?ref=see%20also">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</a>)</p> <p>The following &quot;recipes&quot; are all natural and non-toxic. After the initial investment in a few key ingredients, they are sure to give your store bought 'block a run for its money.</p> <h2>1. Sunblock With Zinc Oxide</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.scratchmommy.com/diy-sunscreen-easy-make-need-recipe/">thick and creamy sunblock</a> melts like butter onto your skin. The SPF rating is at least 20, if not higher. You may even have some of the required ingredients &mdash; coconut oil, almond oil, shea butter, etc. &mdash; already in your kitchen and bath cabinets. (Ingredients are measured in grams, so here's a <a href="http://calculator-converter.com/converter_g_to_c_grams_to_cups_calculator.php">converting calculator</a> to switch to cups.)</p> <h2>2. Bronzing Bars</h2> <p>If you'd like a natural tan look with your protection, these <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/9368/bronzing-lotion-bars/">DIY Bronzing Bars</a> are for you! A reader suggested including coffee infused oil for that bronzing effect. Bonus? They double as bug repellent!</p> <h2>3. Soothing Sunblock</h2> <p>This next mix <a href="http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/homemade-sunscreen.html#sthash.JQ1M8xzq.qjtu">contains aloe</a>, which soothes burns. It's rated around 30-40 SPF, so great for a day at the beach or out at a backyard barbecue. You can choose to use either carrot seed or raspberry seed oil, with raspberry having more SPF power.</p> <h2>4. Fragrance Block</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.jenniferalambert.com/homemade-sunscreen-with-essential-oils/">sweet smelling sunblock</a> has a hefty dose of essential oils in it &mdash; 40-50 drops to be exact. For me, I'd take the opportunity to do a mix of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus to get some natural allergy relief from all that pollen flying through the air.</p> <h2>5. Foundation SPF</h2> <p>I'm super excited to try this <a href="http://blog.freepeople.com/2014/04/allnatural-foundation-sunscreen/">homemade foundation and sunblock</a> in one! The color comes from a custom mix of cinnamon and cocoa powder.</p> <h2>6. Tinted Mix</h2> <p>If you'd rather add a more subtle color to your sunblock, this <a href="http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/29800/diy-tinted-sunscreen-recipe#_a5y_p=589571">tinted mix</a> will do the trick. It uses iron oxide powder for those who have a darker natural completions. It blends better on skin with fewer noticeable streaks.</p> <h2>7. Cooling Burn Treatment</h2> <p>If you haven't had a chance to make any of these protective recipes, you might have a nasty burn to contend with. Try <a href="http://thechicsite.com/2014/04/22/diy-sunburn-relief/">freezing aloe juice</a> in ice cube trays. When you get a burn, pop a few cubes out of the freezer and enjoy the soothing sensation.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite homemade sunblock recipe? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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In fact, you may need it for future surgical bills. A <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/">new report</a> from the Environmental Working Group cites &ldquo;new government data linking a form of vitamin A used in sunscreens to accelerated growth of skin tumors and lesions.</p> <p>Yikes. And that's not all. The report also warns that at least <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/buyer-beware/">26 &quot;for babies&quot; sunscreens</a> contain a chemical that scientists specifically warned against using on children more than a decade ago.</p> <p>Another yikes: What you're buying with sunscreens that list really high SPFs like 100 is a false sense of security, because they do not perform up to that level. The report also warns that even with lower SPFs, most people never get the amount of protection advertised on the bottle because in order to get that, we'd have to slather it on super thick.</p> <p>(I know. We're frugal. We don't slather. But the experts say that an SPF 30 is not truly SPF 30 if it is spread thin.)</p> <p>This is a good news, bad news report for cheapskates. The good news is, we don't have to feel guilty about not springing for SPF 100 for our kids or feel like we're missing out if we don't invest in the &ldquo;age-defying&rdquo; sunscreen for ourselves.</p> <p>But here comes the bad news: <strong>The sunscreens that received the <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/best-beach-sport-sunscreens/">EWG's top safety rating</a> all cost more than $4 an ounce</strong>.</p> <p>I'm a cheap mom. As a rule, I will not shell out for high-end children's toiletries, foods, or gadgets unless someone proves to me that there's a compelling need for that upgrade. You're not going to find Mustela diaper cream in my bag, since CVS' facsimile of A&amp;D does just fine at preventing diaper rash.</p> <p>For sunscreen, I use the CVS brand &mdash; which I usually get for free. At the end of every season, they'll put this stuff on clearance, and combined with a coupon I can bring home multiple tubes for free. And, before you interrupt me, it's a myth that you have to buy sunscreen fresh each season. As long as it's not expired or more than three years old, it should be effective, <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sunscreen-expire/AN01968">according to MayoClinic.com</a>.</p> <p>The EWG report's site has a handy &mdash; but disheartening &mdash; feature that allows you to <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/finding-the-best-sunscreens/">look up your sunscreen</a> in a database of 1,381 products, and find out its rating. A score of 0-2 means the product is recommended, 3-6 means &ldquo;caution,&rdquo; and 7-10 means &ldquo;avoid.&rdquo;</p> <p>Here's how mine rates:</p> <p><strong>CVS Fast Cover Continuous Lotion Spray Suncscreen, SPF 50</strong></p> <p><strong>Score: 7 (Avoid)</strong> because it contains oxybenzone, &ldquo;a potential hormone disrupter (that) penetrates the skin in relatively large amounts&rdquo; &mdash; that's the chemical a scientist warned against putting on children's skin back in 1997. This product also lost points because it's a spray, which is more likely to be inhaled.</p> <p><strong>CVS Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30</strong></p> <p><strong>Score: 7</strong>, because it contains oxybenzone and vitamin A.</p> <p>(Note: I didn't buy any of the &ldquo;baby&rdquo; or &ldquo;kid&rdquo; sunscreens because I am generally skeptical of products so labeled, but those CVS products are also rated 7 for the same reasons.)</p> <p>So what does the EWG recommend? Only mineral sunscreens like titanium dioxide, which are not only pretty expensive but generally thick and pasty. Instead of using chemical blockers, these products physically block the sunlight from hitting your skin.</p> <p>Here are the Amazon.com prices on some of the sunscreens that got the green light:</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003II53Z8?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003II53Z8">Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen</a><img width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B003II53Z8" /> $16.99 for 3.5 oz. (<strong>$4.85/oz.</strong>)</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GZNGLE?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000GZNGLE">California Baby SPF 30 + Sunscreen Lotion - Super Sensitive, 2.9 oz</a><img width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000GZNGLE" /> $21 for 3.2 oz. (<strong>$6.56/oz.</strong>)</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G95W60?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002G95W60">Loving Naturals Organic SPF 30 Sunscreen Zinc Oxide 2 oz UVA/UVB</a><img width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B002G95W60" /> $12.51 for 2 oz. (on sale!) (<strong>$6.25/oz.</strong>)</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002LM59LK?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002LM59LK">Sunscreen, SPF 30, 2.6 oz ( Multi-Pack)</a><img width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B002LM59LK" /> $35.78 for two 2.6 oz. tubes (<strong>$6.88/oz.</strong>)</p> <p>Now, keep in mind that doctors recommend that an adult use one ounce of sunscreen for every few hours of sun exposure. Even assuming I use 1/3 ounce on each of my three kids twice a day, that means I could be spending more than $10 protecting them from the sun every single day.</p> <p>This makes the EWG's recommendation that you just cover your skin with clothing sound a lot more attractive. But I just don't know. I saw two kids at the public pool today wearing &ldquo;bathing suits&rdquo; that went from their necks to their wrists and ankles, with matching floppy hats that they kept on while in the water. I have to say they looked bubble wrapped. Would you rather wear a bathing suit of Victorian proportions, and put your kids in them, than risk cancer with sunscreen you can afford?</p> <p>I guess I will spring for the titanium dioxide stuff, and try to keep those sunhats on the kids this summer. But with three little wigglers to cover every time we go out, I am <em>really</em> going to miss the convenience of the spray-on stuff.</p> <p>P.S. Trader Joe's sell sunscreen with zinc oxide that did not list oxybenzone or vitamin A. At only $5.99 for a hefty 6 oz tube ($1 per adult application if used as recommended), I thought it would be at worst a stopgap measure until I could find the best price on a fancy sunblock, and at best a bargain solution.</p> <p>Well, more of a stopgap, it turns out. The EWG rates Trader Joe's Face &amp; Body Sunscreen at 4, in the caution range. Apparently it does contain vitamin A, which goes by the chemical name retinyl palmitate and is listed under &ldquo;inactive ingredients.&rdquo; It also contains several other chemicals considered to pose &ldquo;moderate&rdquo; health risks.</p> <p><em>Note: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.com.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready">Homemade Sunblock and 6 Other Non-Toxic Recipes to Get Your Skin Sun-Ready</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-there-be-a-fat-tax-on-junk-food">Should There Be a &quot;Fat Tax&quot; on Junk Food?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-summery-ways-to-protect-your-skin">7 Summery Ways to Protect Your Skin</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/herbal-supplements-know-what-you-re-getting">Herbal Supplements: Know What You’re Getting!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Health and Beauty sun screen sunblock sunscreen zinc oxide Mon, 31 May 2010 19:58:51 +0000 Carrie Kirby 108962 at http://www.wisebread.com