I live by the beach, so naturally, sunscreen is around me all the time. My friends lather up as soon as the sun hits them, whether it be with a lotion or a spray. But not me.
You could say I am naturally blessed with olive skin, but really, the adverse side effects of the sun have no preference. Perhaps I have less freckles and moles than someone with a lighter tone, and perhaps I am less at risk for developing skin cancer, but the chances still exist, so it’s important for me to get my vitamin D healthily.
But if I’m not wearing sunscreen, how is that even possible?!
Skip the Harsh Chemicals
Here’s the thing. I refuse to put harsh chemicals from commercial skincare products, including sunscreen, on my skin. I would rather cover up with clothing from head-to-toe than do so. But I’m a sun goddess. And even sun goddesses burn a bit.
With coconut oil being the go-to for so many things, it only makes sense that it serves as a natural sunscreen, too! It has a natural SPF of 4-5 and contains antioxidants that protect the skin from harmful radiation from the sun. However, that low amount of SPF isn’t going to help anyone if they’re in the sun all day long, which is why you need to add some other natural ingredients to the mix.
Enter raspberry seed oil and essential oils. Red raspberry seed oil has an SPF of about 25, and zinc oxide is known for its ability to naturally protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
Coconut Oil Sunscreen Recipe
- 1/2 Cup Virgin Coconut Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Non Nana Zinc Oxide
- 1 Tablespoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
Optional: 10 Drops Essential Oils (Try Carrot Seed & Lavender)
- Use a food processor or mixer to whip up the coconut oil.
- Add the zinc oxide carefully, being mindful not to inhale it, then the red raspberry seed oil and essential oils.
- Once the oils and zinc oxide are mixed well, pour them into a small container and enjoy the sun in a whole new way!
If you have fair skin, you might want to add more zinc oxide.