Sun: it burns
Grandma never used sunscreen and she turned out just fine. But, times have changed.
Sun: it burns. Maybe it’s just me, but I think the sun is getting hotter (Or maybe I’m getting cooler…)
Sunscreen / Sunblock / Sun cream: A rose by many names. It’s supposed to keep your skin less bad in the sun.
WHW I make my own sunscreen… and use it on a live person?
Re-inventing the Wheel
“Homemade” and “sunscreen” seem like two things that go well together. They are both single worlds made up of two separate words. That’s as good a reason to put ’em together as any.
The Wheel Thing
||I made my own sunscreen all by myself using this recipe (source):
- ¾ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup brain octane
- ½ cup zinc oxide (powder)
-Coconut oil is not hard to find.
-Brain Octane is at Pirate Joe’s (probably optional)
-Zinc Oxide is at The Soap Dispensary (They know what you want with it)
||Homemade sunscreen [presumably] has less of those extra nasty chemicals that are not good for you. The main “active” ingredient in sun screening seems to be zinc oxide, which supposedly is not harmful and will not be absorbed into your bloodstream.
WHW I make and use this sunscreen.
Hoping that it is a viable alternative to the old bottles of goo that I already have.
Get the Screen on Your Face
||Out of Control
The stuff goes on pretty thick, and doesn’t really fade away. I ended up rubbing it in a little, but it does leave you looking a bit frosty like that vampire guy from Blade who has frost-white skin and then puts on sunscreen like frosting… darn, can’t remember his name.
Anyway, I didn’t feel too embarrassed with this extra “foundation”. Either people were too polite to say anything or having some solid sunscreen on your face is not that weird.
But, don’t take my word for it!
“You look paler than you did back in high school.” — Girl 1
“Your skin is too white. I’m envious.” — Girl 2
It’s actually a bit difficult to wash off as well. It doesn’t drip, but it gets on whatever you touch, including your eyeballs (it stings). The sunscreen is also kind of soupy at [summer] room temperature, but rock-hard when refrigerated. It would probably go well in a container like the ones that they sell with sunscreen in them… shake (not stir) before use because the zinc oxide tends to settle at the bottom.
The unfortunate thing about this WHW is not being able to know if it is truly effective without subjecting oneself to some seriously harmful amounts of sun. I did spend an hour and a half chasing a football around the pitch in the early summer afternoon and I didn’t feel any skin discomfort in the end, so I believe that this stuff does prevent some sun damage (but not sports damage).
It doesn’t take an entire story to realize that zinc oxide will make your skin look whiter, but who knew that homemade sunscreen would make me more attractive to exactly two girls on the planet Earth? Such are the adventures of WHW.