Sunscreen and sunblock have some horrible ingredients in them. I will mention 2 of them, and then you can read for yourself more HERE.
Go grab your sunscreen. See if Oxybenzone and/or Octinoxate (Octylmethoxycinnamate) are listed as ingredients on there. I bet they are. They both penetrate the skin, and they mimic and disrupt hormones. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a sunscreen, the Oxybenzone is most likely the culprit.
"Preliminary investigations of human populations suggest a link between higher concentrations of oxybenzone and its metabolites in the body and increased risk of endometriosis and lower birthweight in daughters (Kunisue 2012, Wolff 2008). (Retrieved from ewg.org)
This clean DIY sunscreen recipe with an SPF of 40 below sounds like a lot of ingredients, but once you build your new healthy "pantry", many of these items will just always be upstairs, in the kitchen, or in the bathroom cabinet. Many of the non-toxic sunscreens on the market are VERY pricey, and they do not last long.
Invest now because you are saving yourself money in the long run, and you are keeping yourself from seen (allergy potential) and unseen harm to your body. Many of these ingredients have multiple uses so they will NOT be wasted.
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon of shea butter
1/2 teaspoon of unrefined sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
2 teaspoons of zinc oxide powder
2 ounce dark glass jar with lid
5 drops Young Living Carrot seed essential oil
10 drops Young Living Lavender essential oil*
*the Lavender is truly only in here to help with the smell. Carrot seed oil does not have the most pleasant of smells so the Lavender helps!
Place a glass bowl over a pan of hot water (double boiler).
Put coconut oil, shea butter, and sesame oil into glass bowl and stir until melted.
Once they have all melted, remove from heat.
Add the aloe vera gel, zinc oxide and wisk together.
When the mixture is cool but not hardened, add the essential oils and stir.
How to use:
Apply all over skin before major sun exposure.
Re-apply as needed.
Remember that the ingredients that make it waterproof are NOT good for you so reapplication should be something that you accept again :)