DIY Don’t: Sunscreen

diy sunscreen
Reasons NOT to make your own sunscreen!

Top 3 Reasons Not To DIY Sunscreen

  1. Homogenizer – this tool is needed to break up the zinc and titanium dioxide powders enough to emulsify it so that it can be spread evenly to cover all your skin. If not distributed properly you may actually think your skin is protected when it’s not.
  2. Oils – many DIY tutorials recommend using coconut oil…oils can attract sunlight causing DNA damage. You many actually be doing more harm than good.
  3. SPF – it will be an unknown to most DIY’ers how much protection, if any they are actually getting.

We love all the awesome DIY tutorials you can find on Pinterest however not everything homemade is good for you. Making your own sunscreen, the right way, will cost you more $$ in the long run.

You don’t have to sacrifice your family’s health though, you can get chemical free sunscreen at your local supermarket.

For a list of great sunscreens with no chemicals check out the Environmental Working Group’s guide to safe sunscreen. Click here.

Want to know more reasons to avoid making your own sunscreen. Click here.

Lip Skin Cancer?

Lip skin cancer melanoma

3 Reasons Why:

  1. Lips are often overlooked by those that use sunscreen.
  2. SPF lipstick and Chapstick are not used often enough.
  3. Protectant isn’t applied thick enough

Like your lips? Want to keep them healthy?

Wear SPF lip protectant everyday and apply every two hours. 

Find out more. 

Could Your Own Cancer Cells Save You?

Cells

New skin cancer drug NBS20

…uses a patient’s own cancer cells – in essence, turning the cancer against itself. In a way that is unique. Instead of attacking the bulk of cancer cells, NeoStem’s therapy targets a patient’s cancer-initiating cells, often called “cancer stem cells,” which are those that proliferate cancer cells, spreading the disease and forming new tumors throughout the body.

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