There are sooooo many stay safe in the sun products out there! How do we know which ones are actually safe and not toxic?
One way that I have learned is by using two apps:
The EWG -Environmental Working Group App
The Think Dirty App
These two apps rate products and ingredients on a toxic scale. Zero is non-toxic and ten is very toxic. You can scan bar codes or type in product names or ingredients. AND they are free to use! Score!
So, based off my research using these two apps here are a few products I use to keep myself safe in the sun:
I choose to make my own because it’s cheap and it works! I’ve used this recipe for years for me and my family and never get burned. Plus, the ingredients are safe and non-toxic! Here’s my recipe:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax pellets
2 Tablespoons shea butter
Melt ingredients in a double boiler while stirring with a wooden spoon or popsicle stick. Once melted remove from heat, let cool slightly, and stir in:
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
12 drops helichrysum essential oil (you can get here)
12 drops myrrh essential oil (you can get here)
2 Tablespoons non-nano zinc oxide powder
Stir occasionally until solidified. Store in a glass container and apply liberally when going in the sun. Use high quality and organic ingredients whenever possible. I get some products locally and others from Amazon.
**Side note: It’s not safe to order essential oils from Amazon. Ever.
**Another side note: If you’re freaked out about making your own sunscreen and worried about it working- first of all try it! Second, if you don’t want to then Think Dirty has an excellent sunscreen guide with products you can buy.
Don’t forget to protect those lips! They can burn too! I make my own lip protection – similar to the recipe above with only a few differences. There are also many safe ones out there to purchase. Again, check Think Dirty for a great list!
This might seem obvious, but protecting your eyes from sunburn is important too! Find ones that block UVA and UVB rays.
Long sleeves in the summer sounds crazy. However, they are very useful in preventing sunburn- especially if the fabric has UV Protection in it. And you might find it’s not so bad after all! Don’t forget a UV protecting hat! I got my long sleeves (see picture above) from the kids section at Target. HA!
Inevitably, I’ll forget to apply the sunscreen or leave home without it. (I’m not the only forgetful one, right?!?!) And when I come home a little red or charred I want something safe to soothe the burn. Aloe from an aloe vera plant is best. A little sticky, but feels so good!!!
If you have questions about other products or about what I’ve mentioned here, please reach out! I won’t bite! Promise! I’d love to be a resource for you in using safe products for you and your family!