If you want to keep your skin healthy through the summer months, it’s important to remember to apply sunscreen lotion! While this is essential through the year, during the summer, the harsh sun is at its worst, and the harmful UVA and UVB rays do the most damage, leaving you with sallow skin and increasing your risk of suffering from skin cancer in the long run.
While you won’t immediately be affected by sallow, damaged skin, being out in the sun too long will give you an unsightly tan that can often lead to sunburn and peeling skin. Remember not to stop using sunscreen lotion just because you’re already tanned. The lotions play a vital role in protecting your skin from further damage. While store-bought sunscreen lotions are an easy fix, they’re not your only options. Natural options are always best, and you can make your own sunscreen with a host of natural ingredients, which will not only be cost-effective, but will also ensure that you aren’t exposed to any of the toxic chemicals or additives present in most commercial lotions.
Make your own bars
Have you heard of sunscreen bars? They’re as effective as lotion and are also much more convenient to use if you’re wondering how to remove skin tan, as all you have to do is rub the bar over exposed skin. To make your own bar, melt a cup of coconut, a cup of beeswax and a cup of Shea, cocoa or mango butter in a jar that has been placed in a saucepan filled with water. Melt the ingredients together over a stove and then add in 2 tablespoons of non-nano zinc oxide (which protects skin against UVB and UVA rays) and a few drops of an essential oil. Let it cool, pour it into silicone moulds and refrigerate. Once the bars are set, you can store them in the fridge and use them as and when you need to!
Make your own lotion
If you want to stick to lotion, a variety of natural ingredients including almond oil, olive oil and coconut oil have natural SPF properties that could help. You should also use non-nano zinc oxide – the non-nano variant doesn’t get absorbed in your skin and helps disperse sunlight. Mix ½ a cup of either almond oil or olive oil with ¼ cup of coconut oil and ¼ cup of beeswax in a thick, glass jar (mason jars will work best). Boil water in a saucepan, add 1 teaspoon of carrot seed oil (which protects your skin from sunlight) and place the jar in hot water, till the mixture has melted. Once it’s done, take it out and add in 2 tablespoons of non-nano zinc oxide. Store your homemade sunscreen lotion in a glass bottle and use it the same way you would use regular sunscreen!