With it’s beautiful, warm Caribbean weather, Belize is the perfect place to be outside playing at the beach, getting out on the water and soaking up the sun. Yet being out in the sun means being vulnerable to sun damage. Take it from a fair skinned redhead, nothing is worse than getting a nasty burn from a day of fun.
Though you can find sunscreen in country at many of the local grocery stores, your choices will be limited. To make sure you’re getting the best protection, it’s best to pack it with your swimsuit and bring it over the border.
Here’s some great options:
If you want the highest rated protection…
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Clear Skin Dry Sunscreen
The best thing about this cream is it’s light. It leaves a matte finish on the skin and is good for 80 minutes in the water.
Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Spray SPF 70
The spray version of this one is definitely the way to go. It’s quick to apply, oil free and absorbs easily into the skin.
This lotion is designed for water activities. It’s also cruelty free and top rated by Environmental Working Group.
If you want to go chemical free…
Badger uses zinc oxide as the only active ingredient in all their sunscreens. Zinc oxide is a safe mineral that sits on top of your skin, scattering, absorbing and reflecting UVA and UVB rays before they reach your living cells.
If you want defense against aging, Derma E is the way to go. With clear, nanoparticle-free Zinc Oxide, this formula provides safe, chemical-free broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection without irritating skin or clogging pores. It’s also fortified with Vitamin C and Green Tea.
Raw Elements is not only water and sweat resistant, but it can be applied to wet skin or even under water. How’s that for chemical free?
If you want to DIY it…
If you really want to know what you’re putting on your skin (and what you’re not), making your own sunscreen is a great way to go. It’s not complicated at all and I was pleased to discover when I made my own that it went on soft and clear and worked just as well as the store bought stuff. To make this recipe, you’ll need a kitchen scale for measuring. All the ingredients are readily available online.
Here’s the recipe:
- 90g organic unrefined coconut oil
- 65g organic almond oil
- 28.5g beeswax pastilles
- 27.5g organic, unrefined shea butter
- 40g non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide
- 1/2t vitamin E oil
- Place your glass bowl on your scale, hit tare.
- Add all ingredients except the zinc oxide, one-by-one, hitting tare in between
- Place the glass bowl over pot of shallow, slightly simmering water. Melt the ingredients completely stirring occasionally with a whisk.
- Carefully remove the bowl from stove and wipe down any condensation on bowl
- Place bowl on scale, hit tare.
- Add zinc oxide, slowly, until you get to 40g.
- Whisk until completely mixed, place in a container and allow it to cool and set.
Brett Renee Stone is a managing partner and director of communications for Palm Reef Resort.