The last thing you need when going to the beach for your tan is to worry about chemically hazardous materials. Sunblock is supposed to protect your skin. The best way to protect yourself from the sun is to use organic or all natural sunblock. These items do not come cheap in stores. An alternative to obtaining an effective natural sunscreen is by making your own.
Making your sunscreen will involve the following steps.
- Collecting the necessary materials. To create your sunblock, you will need 2 tbsp. beeswax, 2tbsp. coconut or olive oil, 2 tsp. tea tree oil and 2tbsp. zinc oxide. You will also need a big pot that is half-full of boiling water, another pot with icy cool water and a tin container with handle that is big enough to hold a pint of liquid. Make sure that this container is small enough to fit inside your pot. Prepare a glass container that can hold at least a pint of liquid.
- Mixing the ingredients. To mix the ingredients, place them all inside the tin container (2tbsp. beeswax, 2tbsp. of your natural coconut oil, 2tsp. tea tree oil and 2tbsp. zinc oxide). Make sure that you have the right amount of each ingredient. Scrape off the excess material from your spoons when measuring. Precision is very important so that your sunblock will not be too concentrated or too diluted. If you take the measurements for granted, your sunscreen will not produce your desired effect.
- Boiling the ingredients. Place your pot on top of your stove. Let it keep its boiling temperature then place your tin container in the boiling water. This will provide a steady heat for your ingredients and prevent soot from getting in your skin-protection cream. Thoroughly stir the concoction until all ingredients are melted.
- Transferring the sunscreen. The sunscreen mostly comprises waxy materials. When it settles, its consistency will become thicker. This means that it will be more difficult for you to transfer the melted mixture if you wait longer. So, as quickly as you can, transfer your mixture from your tin to your glass container before it settles. Try not to use plastic containers because plastic might melt as you pour the boiling hot sunscreen in it.
- Icing the cream. To give your sunscreen a creamer feel to it, place the glass container in the icy cool water after cooling it in a running tap water. Stir the mixture until you feel like the consistency is creamy enough for you.
- Packaging. Like many products, an organic sunblock has an expiry date. Your task is to preserve the effects of the product. The packaging should be protected from direct sunlight. To do this, you should cover your glass container with paper.
The decision to use an organic sunblock is a good one, but to make your own is even better. You will never have to worry about the sun harming your skin as you enjoy your sport, roam in the beach or simply have a tan on your balcony.