Effective Sunscreen, naturally

Did you know that pigmentation is not always caused by external factors? Usually the result of three factors:

  • Physical
  • Physiological
  • Emotional

As you may have guessed, sun exposure and stress are the key causes of pigmentation.

It is far more effective to focus on prevention in the case of pigmentation rather than treatment. At the very least, seek a cure as soon as the pigmentation becomes visible.

Sunscreens are necessary to fight photo damage caused by UV radiation. However, the safety and efficacy of many sunscreen ingredients are still in question. Certain chemical agents (e.g. benzophenone and similar compounds) commonly found in sunscreens have been proven to increase the risk of cancer.7 Sunscreens act in diverse ways—they block, reflect and/or scatter sun rays. Therefore, many cosmetic products include sunscreen agents to provide photo protection.

 

According to a recent study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), chemicals commonly found in sunscreen can disrupt the endocrine system because they are able to penetrate bodily tissues when applied to the skin. These chemicals include oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. They are known to interfere with the body’s natural hormone production which may lead to low sperm count in men and endometriosis in women. Children and pregnant or breastfeeding women should especially steer clear of these chemicals.

 

The increased popularity of the more convenient spray sunscreen is cause for even greater concern. Not only do the chemicals in spray sunscreen penetrate the skin and surrounding tissues, but it can also be inhaled.

 

So, how do you protect your skin from dangerous UV rays without using chemical laden sunscreen? The recipes introduced here are to prevent, protect, and treat pigmentation in a safe and natural way.

 

If you are not exposed to casual sunlight, then powders can be appropriate for daily wear by reflecting the sun’s rays. It should be noted, however, that powder can cause uneven photo protection as it does not provide an even film over the face.10 So it is important to spread it across the covered areas as evenly as possible. See Powder Foundation in the later section.

 

Gentle Daily Sunscreen 180 ml (up to UV 30)

The purpose of sunscreen is not only to protect the skin but also to stop the damage and help rebuild and reinforce the skin’s natural barrier function. Therefore, this recipe includes some ingredients that have the potential to reverse some of the damage caused by UV exposure.

  • Ingredients A: 15 ml Sesame oil 3 g Emulsifier 3 g Stearic acid 1 g Beeswax
  • Ingredient B: 40 ml Aloe vera juice 100 ml Distilled water 1 g White clay 2 g Xanthan gum 2 g Glycerin 5 ml Argon oil 1 capsule Vitamin E

Instructions

1 In a saucepan over low heat or in a double boiler, warm Ingredients A until the wax is just melted.
2 In a pitcher, mix Ingredients B, except for vitamin E capsule and essential oils. Do not worry if thickeners such as fruit pectin or xanthan gum do not dissolve completely, but make

sure no particles are left. Heat the liquid if necessary.

3 Remove Ingredients A mixture from heat and allow their contents to cool to room temperature until the oils/wax mixture just begins to thicken and becomes slightly opaque.
4 This should take 5–10 minutes, depending on the temperature of your kitchen. As it thickens, give the mixture a few stirs to remove any lumps.
5 Turn the blender on medium and slowly pour Ingredients B mixture into the mixture A. It should almost immediately begin to thicken. Blend for 5–10 seconds, checking the

consistency for smoothness.

6 If the water is not combining thoroughly with the fat mixture, turn o the blender and give the mixture a few stirs with a spatula. Blend on medium to high speed for another

10 seconds. Repeat as necessary.

7 Turn off the blender and add the vitamin E and essential oils, stirring a few times to incorporate them. Then blend completely on medium speed for another 5–10 seconds.
8 Spoon the finished product into storage containers. Lightly cover each container with a paper towel and allow the blend to cool before capping.

 

 

Tips

If you are not exposed to casual sunlight, then powders can be appropriate for daily wear by reflecting the sun’s rays. It should be noted, however, that powder can cause uneven photo protection as it does not provide an even film over the face.10 So it is important to spread it across the covered areas as evenly as possible. See Powder Foundation in the later section.

 

After-Sun Mask 100g (10 applications)

Use this once a week or when you have had more sun exposure than usual.

50 g White clay

50 g Green tea powder

1 drop German chamomile essential oil per usage

Aloe Vera juice or cucumber juice to make paste

Instructions

  1. Make sure all ingredients are finely ground.
  2. Place all ingredients in a zip bag, seal, and shake well to blend.
  3. Store in a glass jar.
  4. Add any oil, vitamin or essential oil as per the recipe before usage.

 

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