This recipe requires that you buy inexpensive powdered vitamin C, or ascorbic acid. I buy mine at www.vitacost.com.
4 oz. distilled water
1 level tsp ascorbic acid powder
Mix together in a 4 oz spray bottle. Spray on skin before and after sunning. Apply under any other lotions or make-up.
Make a new batch every 5-7 days because vita-C is steadily destroyed when mixed with anything.
This is truly food for the skin. The vita-C actually incorporates itself into the cells of the skin, preventing UV damage and causing NO harmful side effects whatsoever. It can also reverse damage that has already been sustained. For just a minute after applying there is a very, very slight stinging or tingling sensation.
Some safe alternatives to this homemade sunscreen can be found at www.cosmeticdatabase.com Aveeno Baby, California Baby Burts’ Bees Chemical Free Sunscreen, are few that are good. Check out the site for more. Some of these are quite pricey. Let me know if you find some less expensive ones.
In a study in 1970, a scientist found that 35% of the chemicals in sunscreen pass through the skin and into the bloodstream. Oxybenzone, a penetration enhancer, may be the worst offending chemical. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have linked this to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage.