We are swinging right into summer with a bang of heat, sunshine and fun outdoors, along with summer barbecues, traveling and vacations. We are always looking for ways to cool off while we play outside, as well as looking for ways to protect our skin when we are in the sun. If you are like me, then you probably also like to enjoy a little after-sun-skin care as well. While we enjoy our outdoor time this summer, we also need to remember to protect our skin by keeping those pesky insects at bay, and it seems everyone runs out to buy bug spray or anti-itch creams for bug bites too. While shopping for summer, we all buy our sunscreens, our skin lotions, and all our skin and sun care for our children too, because we all know that sunburns or bug bites are just no fun. But I have found that unfortunately, so many of these products on the shelves these days have dangerous chemicals in them.
Some of the most worrisome ingredients in sunscreens, and after-sun-care creams, include oxybenzone, one of the known endocrine disruptors, and retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that may harm skin and possibly lead to skin tumors. I just can't, in my heart of hearts, apply a sunscreen to myself or to children, that contains dangerous chemicals. Same exact thing goes for bug sprays containing chemicals known to disrupt the endocrine system, or anti-itch creams following bug bites.
So instead, I choose to make my own homemade DIY sunscreens, after sun skin sprays, insect repellents and anti-itch soothers too. Enjoy your summer a little more, and with a lot less dangerous chemicals in tow, by trying some of the following great DIY recipes. Get your roller-balls and dōTERRA Essential Oils ready, and have fun mixing your own ingredients!