Natural Skin Care for Prevention and Healing Sun Damage

Last week I wrote some quick tips for caring for your skin within a whole food - whole health lifestyle:   (yes, go back and read it if you missed it. Skin care begins on the inside my friends!)

This week: Natural Sun Screen & After Sun Skin Repair Recipe

I avoid commercial sunscreens as they are loaded with chemicals; the chemicals in the base lotion as well as the chemicals used for the sun screen affects. Any chemical put onto the skin that can alter cellular function in a way to stop sun burning... hmm, sounds like a chemical I do not want on my skin changing the way my skin cells function.

Natural sunscreens with zinc and titanium dioxide you ask? Nah, I will pass on them as well. First of all the base lotions, again, are loaded with chemicals I do not want on my skin. The zinc and titanium are sticky and white filmy on the skin. Yes, they make nano particle zinc and titanium sunscreens but I will pass on them as well.  Read on for my sun protective recipe.


My Natural Sunscreen Recipe

To make a natural sunscreen I start with Dr. Mercola's organic, unscented lotion (no chemicals in this base lotion) and fill a 2 oz glass cosmetic jar almost to top... leaving room for:

1 tsp. organic instant coffee powder and  1 tsp. organic cocoa powder. Mix both into lotion very well. 


1 tsp. Wild Pansy extract powder and 2 droppers of wild pansy extract tincture. Again, mix in well. 

I use this sun protective lotion on my face, neck, and hands. I am very aware that I can not slather this on, head to toe, and think for a second that I can spend all day in the sun and not burn my skin. Life and sun exposure just does not work that way. This is my preventative for any more sun damage to my face and neck. I figure my teen years, living in the sun all day, have done enough damage. Now I do damage control.

I also try to do these things most of the time:

  1. limit my sun exposure during the high, hot time of the sun 11 AM to 2-3 PM
  2. Wear a wide brim hat when I am out in the sun
  3. slather my face with my aging and sun damaged skin lotions.

Aging & Sun Damaged Skin Lotion

Summer Base: Aubrey's Aloe

Winter Base: Aloe plus 1-2 tsp. organic, unrefined, extra virgin olive oil (if you can find a comfrey infused olive oil... even better)

Using a 2 oz. glass cosmetic jar, fill it up leaving head space for olive oil in winter and drops of essential oils.

Anti-aging essential oils to add 8-10 drops of each (as per the Male Herbal by James Green)

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Carrot Seed
  • Immortelle (Helichrysum italicum)
The Anti-Aging Team of essential oils

The Anti-Aging Team of essential oils

Use on your face and neck after washing with water only in AM & PM. Apply generously around eye area to crows feet.

The aging skin remedy can also be made by adding the drops of essential oils to 2 oz. of Dr. Mercola's unscented, organic lotion.

I sometimes add essential oils of rosemary, oregano, and/or peppermint as they all increase circulation to the skin. Increased circulation means more oxygen and nutrients to skin cells and better removal of cellular wastes.

The finished sunscreen and sun repair remedy.

The finished sunscreen and sun repair remedy.

Update on last weeks underarm deodorant: PRIMAL PIT PASTE so you do not have to make it yourself: