MAKE YOUR OWN SUNSCREEN?


MAKE YOUR OWN SUNSCREEN

Ingredients:

- 2 Tablespoons beeswax or candelilla wax
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons zinc oxide powder

Directions: In medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except zinc oxide. Heat over medium heat until all ingredients are melted. Pour into a glass container (like a mason jar) and add zinc oxide. Mix well. Allow to cool and harden.

All ingredients are readily available at health food stores. "You can get zinc oxide powder at a retailer like The Vitamin Shoppe," says Delcioppo. "And candelilla wax is a vegan alternative to beeswax. Since both are used to make lip balms and candles, a craft supply store should carry them."

As is the case with all natural remedies, it's best to consult your doctor before trying them, and test for allergies on a small area first. Still, normal precautions aside, a growing number of holistic experts say homemade sunscreen is as safe and effective as the store-bought kind, if not more so because you're avoiding an array of questionable chemicals. "As long as zinc is at least 20 percent of your solution, you get an SPF of 20 to 30, which is really all the protection level you need," says Daniel Hsu, DAOM, a specialist in complementary and alternative medicine based in New York, New York.