Sunscreen is a vital part of any anti-ageing routine. The sun’s rays, though beneficial for the production of vitamin D (in small doses), wreak havoc on our skin, causing age-telling (or age-increasing!) factors such as pigmentation, fine lines and early onset wrinkles (not to mention increased, deeper wrinkles as we age). However, finding a suitable sunscreen for your face can be difficult, especially for those of us who like to avoid chemicals and strive to keep our internal and external beauty routines as holistic as possible. As a holistic facialist, I have a couple of key ingredients of the natural variety that I include in my daily skincare regime to protect my skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays without overloading my system with toxic chemicals. Here are a couple of easy-to-make blends that you can make yourself at home, mostly using products you’ll find in your kitchen pantry!
Calming Block for Acne-Prone Skin
- 5 tbs coconut oil (organic, cold-pressed)
- 2 tsp zinc oxide
- 10 drops ylang ylang essential oil
Blend together well, making sure not to inhale the zinc oxide powder. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties to help reduce breakouts due to acne bacteria, and zinc is healing to the skin. Ylang Ylang also contributes to the reduction in breakouts due to its antibacterial properties
Coconut Raspberry Soothing and Nourishing Block
- 3 tbs coconut oil (organic, cold-pressed)
- 2 tbs sweet almond oil (organic, cold-pressed)
- ½ tsp red raspberry seed essential oil
Blend together and store in an airtight container. Red raspberry seed oil has an SPF of 25-50 and is also amazing for treating skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. Make in small batches to ensure potency and freshness and store in a cool dark place. Sweet almond oil is nourishing and hydrating for mature or drier skins. Use just a small amount and massage into your skin well for optimal hydration.
*Side note. As much as I am an advocate for using homemade natural sunscreens as often as possible, for days you are going to be spending the entire day in the sun I still recommend another sunscreen for added protection. COOLA is a great product that I recommend to my clients, as it is made up of natural and organic ingredients.
Words: Romy Grbic (holistic facialist)