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Why Making Your Own Sunscreen Is A Bad Idea

'Attempting to make your own sunscreen can potentially lead to disastrous results, including severe burns and skin cancer later in life.'
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I guess we have Pinterest to thank for this, because ever since the website launched, DIY beauty is all anyone could think of. And while some of the recipes actually work better than the real deal, there are products that should never ever be done at home, like sunscreen.

According to Wellness Mama, all you need are few essential oils like almond and coconut, beeswax, shea butter, and zinc oxide melted together to make your very own natural sunblock. If it sounds easy to do, that's because it is, BUT it will never give your skin the protection it needs like a regular SPF30 could.

Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, says: "Attempting to make your own sunscreen can potentially lead to disastrous results, including severe burns and skin cancer later in life," because while some natural ingredients can offer sun protection, "there is no way to ensure the quality of the protection, the stability of the ingredients, or the lasting effect on the skin."

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Basically, don't Google it, don't make it, and don't try it. If you're concerned about the harmful chemicals in mass-produced sunscreens, then you can just take your pick from these all-natural versions! 

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