Sun is life. Yes, I know it sounds a little poetic, but it is the truth. Without sun and light, many of the things that surround us wouldn’t exist. Have you ever noticed that in a dense and dark forest the grass does not grow at all, while in bright clearings or in places where the sun creeps a lot of flowers and plants grow? This is true for humans also. Isn’t it right that you have a better mood in a sunny day?
But as we all know, sun protection is a very controversial topic. I’ve read lots of reviews: it’s better to expose ourselves to the sun, but with sun protection; it’s not good to expose ourselves to the sun after 10:00 AM; sunlight can cause skin cancer; and so on.
There are many questions and many studies in this area.
Many researchers have found that natural means of protection from the sun, such as coconut oil, sesame oil, shea butter are actually more effective than store bought alternatives. Plus, they do not contain toxic ingredients like these common lotions do.
So, why don’t we do the same? You may choose among hundreds of recipes. Here is one for a low SPF sunscreen suitable for the days when the sun is not burning.
You Will Need:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (SPF 4-6)
- 1 tbsp red raspberry seed oil (SPF 10-15)
- 1 tbsp vanilla oil (for its delicate scent)
- 1/4 cup shea butter (SPF 4-6)
- Melt the shea butter together with the coconut oil using a double boiler or a pan with hot water.
- Remove from heat and add the raspberry and vanilla oil. Stir well.
- You will get a lotion with about 20-25 SPF.
- It is also a great moisturizer so apply every time you want to.