Goodbye frost and hello sunshine! Isn’t the warm weather just wonderful? The sun is great, but don’t forget about your health. As nurses, we know that skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and one of the most preventable at that.
If you are going to be under the sun as you commute to and from work, going on a trip (lucky you!), or getting dazzled by the sun after night shifts, it’s time to have a handy tube of sunscreen in your bag for protection.
For those who like to DIY and whip up their own stuff, we’ve got a DIY list for you. Otherwise, you can check out our list of drugstore products if you’ve got no time for DIY-ing.
Our top 5 favorite picks for commercial sunscreens
Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion
Amazon’s number 1 sunscreen is a baby screen. That’s surprising. We thought we were the only ones who sometimes used baby products to ensure safe ingredients.
If you like to use baby products or if you have kids at home, this is a great choice.It is labeled free from parabens, fragrances, and nano-particles.
If you don’t like oily residue, check out EltaMD. It’s light, non-greasy, and absorbs easily. We also like that it has niacinamide and hyaluronic acid which are great for skin. You can even wear this with your makeup.
It’s a bit pricier than other brands and long-time users aren’t too happy with the new dispenser.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer
For nurses who like the Neutrogena brand, check out a popular pick. This version has a creamy consistency but once absorbed by the skin, you get a dry touch or matte finish. There’s some lotion feeling left but it’s not heavy or oily.
If you prefer something totally lightweight though, check out our other picks.
The Blue Lizard sunscreen is a great choice for nurses with sensitive skin. There is a sports version if you’re going swimming and need something that will last but this version is great for everyday use. It is very light, absorbs easily, and very easy to spread.
It is free from fragrances, parabens, and other chemicals. It does have 10% Zinc Oxide and 5% Titanium Dioxide though just so you know.
And before we forget, the bottle is unique. It’s got this smart technology that turns the bottle pink when there are harmful UV rays present and you need to slather some on. Cool, huh?
If like your products to be vegetarian and super eco-friendly, check out Alba Botanica sunscreen. It boasts of 100% vegetarian ingredients. It’s got no parabens, phthalates, or any synthetic fragrances.
It comes in a spray so application is very convenient. Use your hands to even out the sunscreen after.
See Also: Ten Best Hand Lotion for Nurses
DIY sunscreens you should check out
It’s actually quite easy to whip up your own sunscreen. All you need is a sterile container and a few ingredients that you can pick up from the grocery, the drug store, or even from online stores. If you see any of your favorite ingredients down below, then pick that for your recipe. You’d want something that reacts well to your skin and smells great too!
To get the full instructions, click on the images to get to the source blog.
DIY Natural Sunscreen
We love Crafty Christian’s natural sunscreen recipe because of the coconut oil and shea butter. This recipe is very simple. All you need to do is to melt the first three ingredients together in low heat, and then add the essential oil and zinc oxide. Stir and put in small glass jars.
Natural Homemade Sunscreen Recipe
We love Wellness Mama’s blog! So of course, we just had to feature her own take on a natural sunscreen recipe.
To make, all you need to do is to mix everything except the zinc oxide in a sterile glass jar. Place the jar in a saucepan with some water. Put on medium heat to slowly melt the ingredients. Add in the zinc oxide for last when all the stuff’s been melted. Stir and pour into small containers.
Homemade DIY Sunscreen
This recipe makes use of coconut oil, a carrier oil like almond, beeswax, shea butter, zinc oxide and some Vitamin E. The principle is basically the same — melting everything and then adding the zinc oxide for last. Check out the blog though for the exact proportions and more handy tips.
Homemade Water Resistant Sunscreen
Here’s another healthy blog that we follow – holisticsquid! Instead of shea butter though, this recipe uses cocoa butter. Yum! If you want a sunscreen that smells like chocolate cream, head on over to her blog for the full directions. The whole family’s apparently tested this sunscreen during a swimming trip and a Memorial Day parade and it’s held up very very well.
3 Ingredient Homemade Sunscreen
So, this is a bit of a cheat recipe because it asks you to use your favorite non-toxic lotion and to add in some stuff so it becomes a sunblock. As you may have guessed, you’ll be adding zinc oxide. And some carrot seed oil. Check out the blog here and see how you can control the SPF of your homemade creations.