Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Guest Post: DIY Sunscreen: A Safe, Natural Alternative

Hey Everyone!

Today we have a guest post by Michelle Pino. Its different from the usual- but I found it so interesting and informative and I think you guys will to! Its also perfect for this time of year.
"This summer, I’ve had a chance to spend quite a bit of time outdoors. I love to swim and spend time at water parks, pools and lakes. However all that time in the sun can result in some pretty nasty burns if you’re not careful. Sunscreens work by blocking the sun with either chemical or natural sun filters. Among chemical sunscreens sold in the U.S., 80 percent contain oxybenzone. This potentially harmful chemical can be absorbed through the skin. For many people, it can cause allergic reactions, and it may also disrupt natural hormones.

Fortunately, there is also good news. I also learned that there are several common oils that supply SPF naturally. Some of these include red raspberry seed oil (SPF up to 50), carrot seed oil (SPF up to 40), soybean oil (SPF 10), macadamia nut oil (SPF 6). Additionally, there are several moisturizing oils that contain an SPF of below 10 but are an excellent addition to natural sunscreens because of their fragrant or water-resistant properties.

The experts from Skana spa of the New York resort Turning Stone sent us this recipe for a totally chemical free sunscreen that can be made right in the comfort of your own home.
What You Need
1 ounce red raspberry seed oil
1 ounce coconut oil
1 ounce beeswax (provides water-resistance)
5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Place the ingredients in a glass bowl or in the top of a double boiler. Set this over a pan of boiling water and heat until ingredients have melted together. Cool and store in a cool, dry place. The mixture can be refrigerator for longer storage. 

Since I spend a lot of time in and around the water, this recipe works particularly well because the beeswax adds a water-resistant property. As with all sunscreens, this concoction will need to be reapplied regularly. If you stay dry, you can reapply it every three to four hours, but when sweating or spending time in the water, be sure to reapply it at least every two hours to avoid burning. Basically, it works like those commercially marketed chemical sunscreens, but it’s much safer to use regularly."

Michelle Pino has contributed this recipe based on the knowledge she has learned while working at Skana, one of New York’s finest spas. When Michelle isn’t working you will find her baking, crafting, reading a magazine or catching up on her favorite TV shows. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact Michelle via email at

A big thank you to Michelle for her post- let me know if you give the recipe a go!

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