Sunday, April 19, 2015
Homemade Sunscreen Yeah or Nay?
I attend a multitude of festivals and farmers markets and often see this made by various vendors. What is frightening to me is that they truly don't understand the dangers of making this product. I at one time looked into making it and became quite frightened when I found out just what was involved not to mention the legal issues involved.
While many butters (cocoa, shea, etc) have 'natural' spf values (sun protection factor), just adding those up and adding zinc to it does not constitute your spf for a sunscreen. How well dispersed the molecules of zinc is within the oils, how well it 'covers' and more is involved in determining your spf of a product. How do you find this out? Legally, all sunscreen MUST be tested by the FDA to be sold in the United States. If it hasn't been, please protect yourself and your family and do not purchase 'homemade' sunscreen from a vendor! A small company just doesn't have the resources to even have it tested (I know, I've looked at the costs involved).
Want more information? Read this article I found about one home company that tried - and failed, at making it! "The Trouble With Making Your Own Sunscreen". Not something I as a home business will ever make though I'm asked all the time.... Have a great day!