Hand Crafted Sunscreen VS Store Bought Sunscreen
Ingredients in my hand crafted Sunscreen
Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Steric Acid, Water, Goat Milk, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Colloidal Oatmeal, Non-Nano Particle, Non Coated Zinc Oxide.
It’s easy to see that one can read and pronounce everything that is inside of my sunscreen, but that is not the point of this article. The point is to explain to you why I choose to make my own and why I would never put store bought stuff on my family now that I know better. Not only does mine nourish their skin and keep it hydrated, its tons better for them.
Commercial Sunscreen Ingredients.
Most sunscreens that you find on the shelves of our stores are full of harmful chemicals and loaded with toxins that have been proven to disrupt the endocrine system (“Sunscreen,”2010). Some of the chemicals found in the sunscreen may actually promote skin cancer. There are also a huge surge of exaggerated SPF claims above 50, and government data linking the common sunscreen ingredient vitamin A to the development of skin tumors and lesions. (“Risks of Sunscreen,” 2017). In 2007 the FDA sunscreen safety regulations say, “FDA is not aware of data demonstrating that sunscreen use alone helps prevent skin cancer.” It is well known that along with sunscreen it is highly important to use sunglasses, big floppy hats, lightweight clothing and always try to avoid the afternoon sun. All sunscreens on the market either use chemical sunscreens,( which are unstable, penetrate the skin, and have been linked with hormone disruption) or mineral sunscreens like zinc or titanium dioxide that when they are in their nano-particle form cross the skin barrier and are absorbed by the skin. When used in its non-nano particle form, Zinc Oxide is the best protection from the sun. In 2011 research discovered that the nano-form of Zinc Oxide does cross over the skin and into the blood stream, and may cause cancer by entering human cells and damaging the DNA. It has also been linked to brain and nerve damage (“Nanoparticles, 2011). Now, are we not putting the sunscreen on to PREVENT cancer and to be healthier?
Not all hand crafted sunscreens are what they claim to be.
There are many claims by essential oil folks, and hand crafted product folks that carrot seed oil, and red raspberry seed oil have an SPF of around 20-40. I have looked all over the internet and in medical journals trying to find something of merit that backs up this claim, but was unable to do so. I have however found several places that prove this false time and time again. This infuriates me because our families are being put at risk by these people who haven’t taken the time to research their products before promoting them. I will just put a few quotes and links below that disprove these oils have a significant SPF.
Robert Terrerand who is one of the world’s leading experts in aromatherapy states on his Facebook, ’I have been asked a few times recently to provide evidence that carrot seed essential oil is not an effective sunscreen. I think the onus is on those who claim that it is a sunscreen to provide some substantiating evidence. The purported 38-40 SPF for carrot seed oil is based on some Indian research where they tested a natural sunscreen product that contained “Daucus carota” AND OTHER INGREDIENTS, and the product had an SPF of 38 in one test, and 40 in another. This does not mean that carrot seed oil of any type has a meaningful SPF. It’s more likely that they used carrot seed fatty oil than any other type of carrot extract, but the article does not give us that information. So, carrot seed FATTY oil may be very slightly sun-protective, but it has no known SPF. And, there are no essential oils that meaningfully filter UV rays.” Another expert in aromatherapy Gabriel Mojay states on his Facebook, “The bogus claim that carrot seed oil and/or essential oil provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of 38-40 is made largely on websites belonging to ‘Independent Distributors’ of Young Living products. The claim rests solely on an article that appeared in Pharmacognosy Magazine in 2009…http://www.phcog.com/article.asp…Having studied the article in question – and in particular the chart listing the un-named and therefore coded 14 ‘natural’ sunscreen products tested – I am convinced that it provides no basis whatsoever for claiming that carrot seed oil and/or essential oil provides a SPF of 38-40.The reason? Because the only product tested (‘HS3’) containing Daucus carota, together with ‘Symplocos’ and ‘wheat germ’, listed here…http://www.phcog.com/viewimage.asp……is quite obviously this product…http://www.ayurvikalp.com/…/Biotique-CARROT-Face-Body-Sun-L……which contains zinc .It is primarily the zinc which makes the cream SPF 38-40, not the carrot seed oil and/or essential oil (the ‘Independent Distributors’ tend to refer to them interchangeably).People should be warned against making their own carrot oil-based sun protective cream, erroneously believing it will protect them against UV rays – especially where 3-year-old children are concerned.” As for red raspberry seed oil, I could find nothing. Nothing stating this was the truth and nothing stating that it wasn’t. But I refer back to Mr. Tisserand and his comment about no essential oil having a significant SPF.
I just made a skin loving, moisturizing lotion and added Non-nano particle Zinc Oxide at a 20% ratio. I have not had it tested, so cannot make a claim about its SPF, as that would be illegal. You can look up what it means if you like, but I will tell you that I use it on my face daily, and on my family anytime they go out into the sun for an extended period of time. They need some sun so that they can make vitamin D so I give them about 30 minutes in the sun before I put on the lotion, put a hat on their head, and cover them the best I can
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Kaye, Diana. “Sunscreen Dangers.” Organic Lifestyle Magazine. N.p., 03 June 2015. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.
Peterson, Hillary. “Nanoparticles: Assessing Your Health Risk and Why You Should Care.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 13 Dec. 2011. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.