Even though summer is officially over with tomorrow's autumn equinox, the sun's UVA and UVB rays don't give a hoot. Sure, their intensity wanes a bit as we move toward winter, but a flimsy ozone layer means damaging ultraviolet rays are still finding their way to your dermis. End result? Wrinkles, sun spots, and even worse, cancer.
While researching a story on natural sunscreens a few months ago, I discovered something that almost qualifies as life-altering: some oils that I have in my very own pantry--coconut oil, and olive oil, for example--have built in SPF. So does sesame oil, and after some experimenting, I've found this works best for my skin. It soaks in quickly, feels good, and has a light, unobtrusive scent.
The recipe for making sunscreen at home is simple: Just add sesame oil to a small bottle, and voila! I also like to add a few drops of essential oil, usually a blend of lavender and rose geranium. (Note: avoid essential oils in the citrus family in this recipe; they can cause photosensitivity that amplifies rather than negates the sun's burning potential.)
This cruelty-free, vegan, and organic sunscreen costs literally pennies per application and really works. I promise! Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Sesame oil's sun protection factor is approximately 30. This means that if you normally burn after five minutes of direct sunlight, with the application of a 30 SPF, you can stay in the sun 30 times longer--which is to say 150 minutes, which is a little longer than two hours--without burning. Reapply frequently! This oil works well as a regular old skin moisturizer, too.