Flashback to last month in the deliciously sunny and warm-to-your-bones Townsville.
This is my DIY (and awesomely effective!) balm with sunscreen. Being winter, I wasn’t sure if we’d need sunscreen up in Far North Queensland…so I thought I’d live on the wild side and not wear sunscreen on our first day there. Bad move Miss Filipa. I ended up looking like a pink lobster…I should’ve taken my mother-in-law’s advice to slip-slop-slap, haha. My children on the other hand, who did wear my sunscreen, were burn-free by the end of the day.
Do you know how many nasties there are in regular supermarket sunscreen? Oxybenzone (in more than 3,500 sunscreens) is just one of them. This is one of the most troublesome active ingredients found in the majority of sunscreens. It is believed to cause hormone disruptions and cell damage that may provoke cancer. Like parabens, it may mimic estrogen in the body, and may be linked to endometriosis. Other active synthetic sun protection ingredients which are potential hormone disruptors include: avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.
Your regular sunscreen isn’t just hazardous to us human beings. Scientists believe oxybenzone is causing massive damage to coral and coral reefs, like Australia’s turning-extinct barrier reef. The ultraviolet-absorbing compound causes coral bleaching, damages disrupts coral growth and damages the coral’s DNA. They estimate that chemicals in sunscreen can kill coral in 96 hours. This is crazy when you consider that around 14,000 tonnes of sunscreen lotions enter coral reefs each year!
Do a favour to your health and the environment by switching to a natural mineral sunscreen this summer – and forever on! You can purchase a mineral sunscreen from a health food store (just make sure to read and investigate EVERY ingredient – this website can help guide you: http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/#.WbdhVVc9v-Y).
Or, come along to our DIY Toxin-Free Hygiene+Suncare Workshop on Sat 30 Sept, 6-8:30pm and learn to make your own balm with sunscreen, along with 4 other all-natural products! This workshop is almost full, so if you’ve been thinking about coming along, best pop over to our online store to register 🙂 – http://happybiome.com.au/product/diy-toxin-free-hygienesuncare-workshop/