Check your sunscreen and make DIY Summer Lotion with Essential Oils

May 13, 2015 Katja Presnal

Lloret de Mar beach in Spain

Check your sunscreen

Did you know that many of the sunscreens sold are not safe, and can actually cause cancer, affect your endocrine system, cause premature aging and damage skin cells? Don’t drop the sun lotion just yet though. Sun protection is extremely important, even getting sunburned once will increase your risk of melanoma. One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life says the Skin Cancer Foundation. I personally have a very pale Scandinavian skin, and get sunburned easily. After becoming a mom 15 years ago I became even more aware protecting our children, and myself, from the sun. I haven’t gotten sunburned for a long time, and often wear long sleeves even on the summer time to protect my skin. I have been using face moisturizers with sun screen for years in a daily use, even during winter, if there is snow (to reflect the sun light).

catamaran sailing in Spain

What about natural ingredients?

Yes, there are some sunscreens that are made with safe ingredients, and I highly recommend using a non-toxic sunscreen, for example from Beautycounter.

Natural Summer Lotion

DIY summer lotion made with Young Living essential oils. Learn more at @enjoylifeoils

I also like using natural skin care regimen, and this DIY lotion is my summer go-to lotion. I first started with using Carrot Seed essential oil in my daily face oil mix (Argan Oil, Carrot Seed essential oil, Lavender essential oil & Frankincense Essential Oil), and then I created my own summer lotion mix.

 

DIY Natural Summer Lotion

1/3 cup Coconut Oil
2 teaspoons Avocado Oil
25 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix in medium speed for a few minutes until well blended.

easy DIY suntan lotion recipe

Storage in a glass container – I like to use old jelly jars or artichoke jars… And while the lotion will look like whipped cream when done, don’t worry if it changes consistency if you use it outside. Coconut oil is solid under 76 °F, and above that temperature it turns into olive oil-looking liquid oil. The best is to storage your natural summer lotion in a cool and dark place. Remember the coconut oil melting also when applying the lotion – it will melt fast in your hands!

whipped coconut oil

Note: I only recommend the Young Living essential oils. They have worked for me, and I trust their quality. I also love being a wholesale member and saving 24% on prices every time I order. Read more how to join Young Living and check out my oil website Enjoy Life with Oils.

summer lotion with essential oils

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live globally inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (5)

  1. Melissa

    I tried it. I don’t usually burn so maybe it does work but I still tanned just as good as my skin without the sunblock. Also carrot seed essential oil is considered unsafe to use while pregnant or nursing.

    • Enjoy Life Oils

      Yes, absolutely. Just remember that this is not water proof and not for long periods of time in the sun.

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