DIY Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer

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Is conventional hand sanitizer doing more harm than good? Learn how to DIY hand sanitizer for family and friends.

Have you ever accidentally tasted your fingers after applying hand sanitizer and almost lost all your tastebuds? Then this post is for you.

Damn you, ETHYL ALCOHOL!

I’m going to show you how to DIY hand sanitizer that is vegan, easy, and cruelty-free. But first, what’s wrong with conventional hand sanitizer?

Ethyl Alcohol is the main active ingredient in almost every conventional hand sanitizer on the market (even the ‘green’ ones), usually reaching percentages as high as 70%. There’s even more alcohol in the inactive ingredients in most conventional hand sanitizers in the form of Isopropyl alcohol.

There have been many studies on the effectiveness of hand sanitizer and some doctors suggest that over-sanitizing leads to antibiotic resistance. In a 2011 study by the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found that health care employees who were most likely to use hand sanitizers over soap and water were nearly six times more at risk for outbreaks of Norovirus, which causes most cases of acute gastroenteritis.

Sad news for all you germaphobes out there.

Not only are conventional hand sanitizers potentially harmful, but they can leave your hands feeling extremely dry. I’m talking scrubbing the floors all day Cinderella-style dry. After all, the active and inactive ingredients in most hand sanitizers can double as industrial cleaners, no wonder they are so drying.

Here’s another reason to give up conventional hand sanitizers: they’re shady. Legally, companies are not required to disclose all of the ingredients used to make whatever fragrance is added to the product. What does this mean for you? It means that you could literally be rubbing an unknown toxic soup onto your hands, and then inadvertently into your mouth, onto your food, and onto your kids….

Yikes.

Are you put off by conventional hand sanitizer yet?

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DIY Non-Toxic Mineral Sunscreen

☀️ It’s officially summer and that means people are rushing out to buy sunscreens all over the world. Sunscreen for their face, sunscreen for their body, spray on sunscreen, makeup with sunscreen in it, sunscreen for your lips, etc., etc., etc. Learning how to make your own DIY Non Toxic Mineral Sunscreen is a lot easier than it sounds.

In case you haven’t heard, sunscreen is a big deal to a LOT of people.

It should be simple enough: it’s summer, you need sunscreen, you go out to buy sunscreen from your favorite store or just the most convenient store and you expect all the sunscreen options they offer you to be safe because…why wouldn’t they be? Would companies really put harmful, toxic and even carcinogenic products in sunscreen? Could the very disease you are trying to prevent (cancer) really be lurking in that bottle of Coppertone? Could that really expensive sunscreen from Sephora with the French name really just be chemical soup in a pretty bottle?

The answer is yes. There are a TON of toxic chemicals in the most common and the most exclusive sunscreens on the market. So what is a person covered in skin supposed to do?

Well, you can spend a few hours online sifting through the varying (and contradictory) reports on the safety of sunscreen which will eventually cause you to abandon the reconnoissance mission and reach for a bottle of wine instead…

OR…you can scroll down and read up on the research that I’ve found and, as a bonus, watch a video on how I made my own sunscreen. (I know, it just keeps getting better 😉)

It’s about to get reaaaal simple 😊

First thing’s first:

  • There are TWO types of sunscreens: chemical and mineral and I bet you can guess which one is better for you.
  • SPF stands for Skin Protection Factor, SPF protects against UVB rays, and it is actually unnecessary to entertain SPFs higher than 50 as the added protection of higher SPFs is minimal
  • SPF 15 blocks 93% of the sun’s UVB rays. SPF 30 blocks 97%. SPF 50 blocks 98% and SPF 70 blocks 98.5%. See what I mean?
    • A lot of companies touting 70, 90, and 100 SPF don’t mention that for that fraction of increased protection you’re actually getting almost double the toxic ‘inactive’ ingredients. So, make sure to use a sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF and no higher than 50 (unless you made it yourself and used non-toxic ingredients)  *A great rule of thumb for skincare and cosmetics: if the ingredients list is more than 10, pull out your phone and get to Googling those 11+ word ingredients and see what you find. Chances are, it won’t be pretty.
  • UVA vs UVB rays
    • UVB rays are what causes sunburn
    • UVA rays cause radiation, aging, and skin cancer

Ok, so SPF protects against UVB rays which cause sunburn…whoop-dee-do, they’re annoying but they’re not deadly. UVA rays sound way more scary so how the heck do you protect yourself from those? Is that even possible?

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