Sunscreen, also known as sun block and suntan lotion, in the form of lotion, spray, gel that absorbs or reflects some of the ultraviolet (UV) radiation and thus helps protect against sun burn, especially for fair-skinned individuals.
- Medical organizations such as the American Cancer Society recommend the use of sunscreen because it aids in the prevention of squamous cell carcinomas.
- Many sunscreens do not block UVA radiation, which does not primarily cause sunburn but can increase the rate of melanoma and photo dermatitis.
- The use of broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreens can address this concern.
Sun safety tips:
- Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense.
- Cover all your exposed skin from the sun, hands by long-sleeved shirts, eyes by sunglasses, and face by broad-brimmed hats, toes by shoes.
- Use broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF at least 15 or more.
- Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, and more often if you’re sweating or jumping in and out of the water.
What is SPF?
- Sunscreens are commonly rated and labeled with a sun protection factor (SPF) that measures the fraction of sunburn-producing UV rays that reach the skin.
- For example, “SPF 15” means that 1/15th of the burning radiation reach the skin through the recommended thickness of sunscreen.
- Other rating systems indicate the degree of protection from non-burning UVA radiation.
- Sunscreen use can help to prevent two types of skin cancers, melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
- There is little evidence that it is effective in preventing basal cell carcinoma.
- Regular use of sunscreen can also slow or temporarily prevent the development of wrinkles and sagging skin.
Ingredients to be avoided while buying a sunscreen
- Avoid any skin or lip product whose label includes retinyl palmitate, retinol (vitamin A)
- Avoid oxybenzone, a synthetic estrogen that penetrates the skin and can disrupt the hormone system.
- Avoid these six ingredients in your sunscreen oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.
- Coconut oil – 100 grams
- Olive oil – 4 tbsp
- Zinc oxide – 2 tbsp
- Lavender essential oil – 15 drops
- Glass jar – 1
- Add all the ingredients coconut oil, olive oil, Zinc oxide and lavender essential oil
- Store it in the glass jar; use it regularly before going out
- It has SPF 15
Why glass jar?
- I have already mentioned this in my previous homemade shampoo recipe, as Glass bottles do not contain any chemicals.
- Sunlight can accelerate the expiration of the products, dark glass bottles will not allow sunlight to penetrate into it. So the product will last for longer period
How to apply and store sunscreen
- Apply 30 minutes before you go outside. This allows the sunscreen (of SPF 15 or higher) to have enough time to provide the maximum benefit.
- Use enough to cover your entire face and body (avoiding the eyes and mouth). An average-sized adult or child needs at least one ounce of sunscreen (about the amount it takes to fill a shot glass) to evenly cover the body from head to toe.
Frequently forgotten spots:
- Ears Nose
- Lips Back of neck
- Hands Tops of feet
- Along the hairline Areas of the head exposed by balding or thinning hair
Know your skin. Fair-skinned people are likely to absorb more solar energy than dark-skinned people under the same conditions. Reapply at least every two hours, and more often if you’re swimming or sweating.
That’s it guys!!!!
Enjoy your homemade sunscreen and feel the difference with every application
Hope you will like it, share it with your friends and family and let me know how you feel it.