|eléa sunscreen by Stella Crown|
Do you remember my last post with the watermelon sunscreen? Well, I went to the beach, I applied it on me with pride and then I realised that accidentally I had attracted all the bees of the area ON me! Epic fail 😂😂😂
So, if you are not interested in such visits 🐝🐝while, you generally have attractive and charming skin like mine😜😎, I would suggest you one thing: Do NOT use sunscreens with intense flavouring such as watermelon or coconut; if it's possible prefer an odorless one!
I could have made the same recipe, without the flavouring this time but cooking the same thing over and over again is something that makes me getting bored soon enough. So I decided to make a sunscreen butter this time, by marrying two of my favourite projects, Εléa & HoneyBee.
- the early harvest olive oil, the oil that we get from the olive while it is still small, unspoiled and green, because it has SPF 8. Each level of SPF corresponds to 15 minutes of sun exposure and as you can see the olive oil provides skin protection by raising the SPF of the final product to 25, while in combination with other ingredients, it offers us a product with SPF 30+, which means we have 96% protection. At the same time, this oil is considered to be the best oil for the natives of the Mediterranean, as it is a basic recorded information in our DNA and protects us more effectively than any other oil, such as coconut oil. The early harvest olive oil contains large quantities of oleiacein and oleokanthal, two bioactive phenolic derivatives with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has high amounts of oleic acid (omega 9), linoleum (omega 6), a- linolenic (omega 3) and arachidonic (omega 6) fatty acids, sterols (beta- sitosterol) and carotenoids (vitamin A). I must mention that olive oil is rich in tocopherols, especially in alpha tocopherol (vitamin E) and polyphenols such as oleuropein, tyrosol, hydrotyrosol and caffeic acid.
- the pure beeswax! Did you know that the real beeswax (the one which smells honey and you can buy it only from beekeepers) can give to your sunscreen plus 10 SPF? And not only that, it also has antibiotics, emollients and healing agents, it’s anti-inflammatory and, most importantly, forms a hydrolipid film on the skin that holds the moisture in normal levels. How super is this?
However, before proceeding with the recipe, I would like you to read:
*about the sunscreens that are promoted as “natural” without being really natural and still contain toxic ingredients
*about the harmful conventional sunscreens of the market, here
*about the FDA’s statement for conventional sunscreens of the market, here
Keep also in mind that all vegetable oils have at least SPF 7, and when we combine some of them, we increase the SPF of the final product.
One thing is certain:
Our sunscreen is pure without toxic ingredients that will cause skin and hormonal problems.
Use common sense and get safe sun exposure, though.
recipe for ~220 g | 7.8 oz
60 g | 2.12 oz early harvest olive oil
40 g | 1.41 oz carrot tissue oil
30 g | 1.06 oz sesame seed oil
20 g | 0.71 oz raspberry oil
20 g | 0.71 oz beeswax
30 g | 1.06 oz aloe vera gel
2 g | 0.07 oz vitamin E
2 g | 0.07 oz allantoin
20 g | 0.71 oz zinc oxide (non nano)
30 drops myrrh essential oil
20 lavender essential oil
- Before start making the sunscreen, sterilise tools, containers and work surface. Wear your gloves.
- Buy the beeswax from a beekeeper. It is very important to use the real beeswax, which has dark colour and smells honey.
- Wear a mask, while you work with the zinc oxide. You must not inhale the powder.
- Add the beeswax and the oils in a beaker and put it in double boiler (bain marie).
- In another beaker add aloe vera gel and allantoin. Stir thoroughly and leave the mixture aside.
- After the beeswax melts, remove the oils from the double boiler. Use a silicone spatula and add the aloe and allantoin mixture into the oils. Mix well with a hand blender.
- Add the vitamin E and mix again.
- Add slowly and steadily the zinc oxide and whip until the mixture cools down.
- Pour the essential oils and mix again.The addition of essential oils is optional.
- Your sunscreen is ready.
- Carrot tissue oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamin A. It shows SPF 30 while moisturizes, tones and tightens the skin.
- Sesame seed oil is known for its lignans, natural compounds that prevent cancer. It provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it has high concetration in vitamin E, acts as a natural preservative when it’s mixed with other oils has SPF 4-10.
- Raspberry oil is considered to have the highest SPF (30-50). It protects against UV-A and UV-B sun rays while moisturizes in depth as it is rich in vitamins A and E and omega3-6 fatty acids as well.
- Aloe vera gel stimulates and cures the skin from burns or sunbathing and has a rich antibiotic and anti-inflammatory effect. Its addition is purely healing, as aloe does not show any SPF.
- Vitamin E keeps the skin moisture in normal levels and acts as a natural preservative while allantoin regenerates the skin tissues.
- Myrrh essential oil calms and soothes the skin while lavender is healing and antiseptic.