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How to Make Your Own Safe Sunscreen

Being a fitness, nutrition, and wellness coach, the health of myself and my family is super important to me. I always consider the things I allow inside of our bodies and on our bodies. While I don’t sit around and obsess over it incessantly, I do take ingredients of our food and personal products into great consideration before a purchase.

One product that is known for questionable ingredients is sunscreen. There are shelves upon shelves of it available this time of year, so it’s important to be able to decipher what ingredients are best for our bodies and pose the least risk to our health.

I’m not a doctor or a scientist, so I took a look at what Dr. Weston “Wiggy” Saunders, an Integrative Medicine Doctor had to say. Dr. Wiggy and his wife, Emily, co-founded Raise Them Well with a mission to help families navigate this exact type of stuff!

Dr. Wiggy stated this in a recent blog post,

“Some of the potential health risks of chemical sunscreens include:

  • Some chemicals mimic estrogen and potentially increases risk of breast cancer
  • Builds up in tissue and organs (97% of us have these chemicals in our blood)
  • Found in mother’s milk so can also be passed to infants”

That doesn’t sound good to me. 🙁

The cool thing is that Dr. Wiggy and Emily have a safe alternative that they generously allowed me to sample – Raise Them Well Zinc Oxide Powder. If you’ve had babies, you have most likely heard of zinc oxide. It’s the only sunscreen product approved for babies under 6 months old.

Raise Them Well Zinc Oxide is a non-nano zinc oxide. In other words, the particles are larger than nanoparticles which are believed by many experts to be absorbed into the skin and bloodstream which could potentially lead to an array of problems. I love having a safe alternative!

When I first received the product along with a PDF recipe book, I thought, “This is going to take me hours to make some of the recipes. Ugh!” I was proven wrong! I made acne cream and sunscreen in less than 5 minutes!

How to Make Your Own Safe Sunscreen:

I didn’t want to just inform you about zinc oxide and its benefits, I wanted to show you how to make your own safe sunscreen. It’s easy! All you need is:

Mix. Pour into a container. I used a cute mason jar. 🙂



I love that I can put this on my boys and myself as a natural, safe barrier to the sun! I was able to control the amount I put into my recipe to get the best barrier possible for our fair skin. The 5 minutes it took to make this (as well as the acne cream) was well worth the effort. Honestly, it didn’t take much effort at all!

With your purchase of Raise Them Well Zinc Oxide, you’ll receive a PDF recipe book with several varieties of sunscreen recipes. I picked the easiest one since that’s how I roll. 😉 The recipe book has other recipes besides sunscreen including acne cream, diaper cream, and lip balm. Using this product, you can make so many awesome things!

The acne cream was equally easy to make as well. Just add the zinc oxide to aloe vera and done! The next recipe I’m trying is the lip balm. I can’t wait. 🙂



Let me know if you have any questions!

xo -Jill

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