A hot summer day + a light breeze + the beautiful water + your toes in the sand = Fun In The Sun!! Enjoy a day in the sun with our simple DIY lotion recipe that is safe and effective at protecting your precious skin!
Sunlight is the most important source of Vitamin D. Ultraviolet rays from the sun increase the speed of production of Vitamin D in the skin. Fifteen minutes of sun exposure a day is enough to complete your Vitamin D requirement.
Unfortunately, the sun has become more and more dangerous to our skin.
- UVA rays cause skin aging and wrinkling and contribute to skin cancer, such as melanoma. Because UVA rays pass effortlessly through the ozone layer (the protective layer of atmosphere, or shield, surrounding the earth), they make up the majority of our sun exposure.
- UVB rays are also dangerous, causing sunburns, cataracts (clouding of the eye lens), and effects on the immune system. They also contribute to skin cancer. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is thought to be associated with severe UVB sunburns that occur before the age of 20. Most UVB rays are absorbed by the ozone layer, but enough of these rays pass through to cause serious damage.
- UVC rays are the most dangerous, but fortunately, these rays are blocked by the ozone layer and don’t reach the earth.
What’s important is to protect your family from exposure to UVA and UVB, the rays that cause skin damage.
Let’s talk a little bit about the conventional sunscreens that are on the market.
Sunscreens commonly include ingredients that act as “penetration enhancers” and help the product adhere to skin. As a result, many sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the body and can be measured in blood, breast milk and urine samples.
The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters. These products typically include a combination of two to six of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. A handful of products combine zinc oxide with chemical filters.
Lab studies indicate that some chemical UV filters may mimic hormones or cause skin allergies, which raises important questions about unintended effects on human health from frequent sunscreen application. The most worrisome is oxybenzone, added to nearly 70 percent of the non-mineral sunscreens. (EWG)
In addition to oxybenzone, other chemical filters appear to be endocrine disruptors. Nine researchers from Denmark and Switzerland reviewed the available evidence on hormone disruption for three common UV filters (oxybenzone, homosalate and octinoxate), three uncommon UV filters (Benzophenone-2, PABA and OD-PABA), and two European ingredients (3-BC and 4-MBC) (Krause 2012). They report that a large number of studies in animals and cells have shown that the chemicals affect reproduction and development by altering reproductive and thyroid hormones, although the evidence was mixed for some studies. Animal studies find lower sperm counts and sperm abnormalities after exposure to oxybenzone and octinoxate, delayed puberty after exposure to octinoxate and altered estrous cycling for female mice exposed to oxybenzone. Recently Danish researchers reported that eight of 13 chemical sunscreen ingredients allowed in the U.S. affected calcium signaling of male sperm cells in laboratory tests, which the researchers suggest could reduce male fertility (Endocrine Society 2016). (EWG)
Now, let’s talk about the benefits of our DIY Fun In The Sun lotion!
- Zinc Oxide – SPF 2-20 (This depends on how much you use.)
- Organic Red Raspberry Seed Oil – SPF 25-50
- Organic Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 35-50
- Organic Unrefined Shea Butter – SPF 4-6
- Organic Beeswax – SPF 15
- Organic Sweet Almond Oil – SPF 5
We have also included a blend of our amazing essential oils that help to support healthy skin.
There are great organic sunscreens on the market and we have and do use some of them. But, instead of spending the extra money on store bought sunscreens, we enjoy making our own out of ingredients that we keep in our home.
You will find that making your own homemade organic sunscreen doesn’t take much time at all and offers a safe alternative to protect your family.
With all of our DIY recipes, we recommend only the very best organically grown essential oils; that is why we only use Young Living Essential Oils!
After much research, we chose Young Living. It is a company that has been around for over 20 years and produces the highest quality essential oils (above organic) that met our standards with the “Seed to Seal Process“. They own their own farms around the world ~ we have visited and worked at one of them… amazing!!
Young Living uses organic farming methods to grow all of their plants. They weed by hand and use their own oils for pest control. The oils are distilled without chemicals ~ an AMAZING process. By using Young Living, we know that we are getting the purest oil in every bottle, not just a percentage of the oil and the rest is chemicals and additives (which is what you find on most shelves). Their essential oils are 100% pure, safe and highly effective.
DID YOU KNOW… in America, there just has to be 5% of of an essential oil in the bottle to be considered pure. The rest are synthetic materials. NOT with Young Living… you are just getting pure.
We have an incredible Bonus available to all of you that are ready to change your lifestyle with Young Living Essential Oils!
We hope that you will love our DIY Fun In The Sun lotion as much as we do!
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With love from our family to yours,
Rod & Maria Wagner