Suns Out... Buns Out

Suns Out... Buns Out

Everybody Loves the Sunshine

Summer is here, and that means it’s time to give your skin some extra TLC. Today on the Blank Slate blog we’re serving up three recipes to keep your skin looking and feeling its best this summer. 


Homemade skincare recipes have become a staple in my beauty routine. Not only are they often more affordable than store-bought products, but they are also better for the planet, including your body. By making your own products, you can cut down on unnecessary ingredients like oxybenzone and fragrance. Ingredients like these are incredibly common in suncare products and can cause a host of issues from hormonal irregularities to allergic reactions. Making your own products also means cutting down on waste. Plastic packaging does more harm than just to the planet. Plastic tends to degrade and leach its ingredients, like BPA and phthalates, into the product itself. These ingredients are known endocrine disruptors, meaning they alter the functioning of hormones in the body. Skip the plastic bottles and opt for glass jars instead. Your hormones and the planet will thank you. 


2-Ingredient All-Natural Scrub


Body scrubs are one of the easiest products to make at home and this two-ingredient recipe is as simple as it gets. Coconut oil soothes and heals, while raw cane sugar removes layers of dead skin, leaving behind a healthy-looking glow. The key with a scrub this abrasive is not to use it on your face, or any other really sensitive areas of the body. I like to apply this scrub to dry skin. Usually, I get in the shower, apply the scrub without the water, massage it in, then rinse it off with warm water. Be sure to give your tub a rinse afterward too as the coconut oil can leave the tub slightly greasy. 


Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • 3 tbsp raw cane sugar

  • Optional: 1-2 drops essential oil 


Directions:

  1. Mix the sugar into the coconut oil by mashing them together with a fork. 

  2. Use immediately by gently massaging the scrub into the skin using small circular motions. Rinse off with warm water. 


The Afterhours Oil


Although sunscreen has its place, I am not a fan of wearing it all the time. If I’m at the beach, taking a long walk, or in the sun during peak hours, I’ll wear it no problem. When it comes to early morning walks, quick runs to the grocery store and shady park hangs, I don’t always want to put sunscreen on. That’s where this oil comes in. The base of this recipe is carrot and red raspberry oils, two oils naturally high in SPF. Yes, lots of natural oils contain SPF. These oils both have an SPF between 25-50. This oil blend is also packed with antioxidants, and healing properties, and is incredibly gentle and soothing. Put this oil on after a long day in the sun to give your skin the drink it’s thirsting after.


Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup carrot seed oil

  • ¼ cup red raspberry seed oil 

  • ¼ cup or argan oil

  • ¼ cup jojoba oil

  • Optional: ¼ tsp chamomile essential oil

  • Optional: ¼ tsp rose essential oil


Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large glass container. Stir well to combine.

  2. Pour into a storage container. 


DIY Sunscreen


As someone with sensitive skin, I have never had much luck with store-bought sunscreen. Whether it’s the fragrance, chemical additives, or unnecessarily filler ingredients, my body just doesn’t like it. That’s why I started making my own sunscreen years ago. The main active ingredient in this recipe is zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is a common ingredient in many sunscreens because it provides both physical and chemical protection from the sun. It is important to buy non-nano zinc because there have been studies to suggest nano zinc (aka smaller particles) can be harmful to one’s health. The small particles can be easily breathed in, and have the potential to be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. This is part of the reason why you shouldn’t buy sunscreen in an aerosol can, the particles can much more easily be breathed in through that method. Non-nano zinc should be an easy ingredient to find, I like the brand “Best Nature’s Cosmetic” because I find it blends better than other types I’ve used in the past. 


Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut oil

  • ¼ cup cocoa butter

  • ¼ cup carrot seed oil

  • ¼ cup argan or jojoba oil

  • ¼ cup non-nano zinc oxide


Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil and cocoa butter over low heat.

  2. Let the mix cool slightly, then add in the rest of the oils. Stir well to combine. 

  3. Once the mixture has completely cooled and is back to room temperature, mix in non-nano zinc oxide. 

  4. Mix ingredients periodically, as sunscreen begins to thicken and solidify more. 

  5. Pour into a storage container. 


Now, although external skincare is essential during the summer, so is internal care. Staying hydrated is key so be sure to check out our Essential Summer Hydration blog post for some drink inspo. Other than hydration, making sure you’re getting lots of minerals and antioxidants is key to supporting your skin. Skip regular water, and add a pinch of salt and some fresh lemon juice to make sure you’re covering all your basics. If you want to take it up a notch this summer, look to our Glow line-up for antioxidant-packed goodness that’s sure to give your body and skin the boost they deserve.

As always, reach out to our team if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any of these recipes. If you try one of them out, we’d love to hear what you think! 


Until next time, 

Dani 

Danielle Wiens C.N.P


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