Make Your Own Sunscreen!


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Kingstonist Challenge #83: Make Your Own Sunscreen!

With beach season around the corner, it’s time to start stocking up on your sunscreen. Many products on the market contain a long list of harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone: an ingredient used to filter out UV rays. According to the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic database, oxybenzone disrupts hormone production, is suspected to accumulate in the body, and causes biochemical changes at the cellular level. This week I challenge you to make your own sunscreen! A good sunscreen is one that is broad spectrum (protection against UVA and UVB rays), has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30-50, and is water resistant. Ingredients such as zinc oxide, red raspberry oil, and beeswax are a great alternative. Zinc oxide is a broad-spectrum mineral powder that scatters UV rays. It is considered one of the most safe and effective active ingredients in sunscreen. Red raspberry seed oil is high in antioxidants, omega fatty acids, and vitamin E with a SPF between 30-50, while beeswax adds the water resistant property. Click here for a homemade recipe. ~Alanna