Do you ever watch action-adventure movies and wonder how people get caught out in deserts and other high-exposure situations without getting sunburned? Of course, in those movies, the exposure isn’t real and the actors are all on sound stages or covered in sunscreen. Scenes like these do make you think, though, about what you’ll do if you’re caught out in the elements on a hot summer day without any sunscreen.
Fortunately, if you have the right ingredients, you can actually make your own sunscreen that’s nearly as effective as the stuff you buy at the store. With this, and some sun-smart habits, you can go all summer-long without buying sun block or getting a sunburn.
Practice Good Timing
If you don’t have to, don’t go outside when the sun is at its peak. If you’re on the move, you can avoid sunburn by traveling at night or in the early morning and late evening. This is also a good way to avoid heat exhaustion, as well. Even if you’re staying put at your homestead, you may want to avoid going out in the sun when possible.
Decrease Exposure with the Right Clothing
While it might seem like a good idea to strip down to a tank top and shorts when you have to be out in the sun, the best bet is to cover up. Choose clothing that’s loose and light with long sleeves to avoid sun exposure. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, and cover your neck with a wet handkerchief to stay cool and covered.
Make Your Own Sunscreen
Finally, raspberry oil has somewhere between 30 and 50 SPF protection, and you can make sunscreen out of it by mixing it with a carrier oil. For a creamier feel, like lotion, add shea butter to this mixture, as well.
With these practices and some homemade, natural sunscreen, you won’t need to worry about getting a sun burn, even in a disaster in the middle of summer.