Sun-screening, Vegan Style

June 21, 2013

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It’s that time of year again. Correction, it’s been that time of year again. When the sun is blazing and you can’t leave the house without your sunhat and a healthy layer of sunblocking cream slathered over your skin. Or for those of us that wear block all year round… we’re just upping our numbers. I go from a 15 to a 30 personally.

As is typical, I just made my summer batch of sunblock. Eeee! I know! The summer sun has been doing it’s thing now for weeks and I’ve got a mild tan to prove it. For those of you that haven’t used a natural sunblock, you may be surprised by the sheen of white that appears on your skin. This is literally the minerals (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide). THIS IS GOOD. You’re blocking the sun after all.

For those of you who would like to try your hand at making a batch, here’s a pretty good recipe. If you want to make it vegan, sub in .6 oz of candelilla wax for the beeswax. You can find most of the oils, butters and wax at Mountain Rose Herbs, and the zinc oxide at Essential Depot. 

Not all of us have the time or the wherewithal to make our own, for those I’ve chosen these two vegan sunscreens. I like these because they have understandable ingredients and they’re not padded out with a bunch of extra (sometimes harmful to skin) stuff, they apply well and they WORK! I only posted ones that I’ve personally used…

Badger

Badger Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion SPF30

In my opinion this one has the best list of ingredients and I like the way it applies. Make note, their sunscreen LOTIONS are vegan, the creams and the balms have beeswax.

Loving Naturals

Loving Naturals Vegan SPF 30

Again, a stellar list of ingredients and good application. If it gets heated up, you may need to shake it up a bit. There aren’t a bunch of weird emulsifiers in it (I’m one of those people that thinks it’s a good sign when I need to maintain my skincare).

More info about why to use natural sunscreen here and a cool read about plant oils and their natural SPF’s.




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