Summer’s on the way here in Seattle, and, for me, summer = sunburns, lest I slather myself in SPFs, per Baz Luhrmann (and Mary Schmich). These blue sky days are anathema to my Twilight-worthy complexion, and I’m not a happy Living Smaller when I’m covered in chemically sunblocks.

Enter Mother Earth News‘ piece on natural, DIY sunscreen! Turns out that all kinds of household products — from sesame oil to lanolin, cucumber mash to witch hazel — can be whipped together to make some A-#1 sun repellent, according to Dian Dancin Buchman, author of The Complete Herbal Guide to Natural Beauty. True? Safe? I’m not sure, but I’m willing to give it a go, at least once.

Mother Earth also reports that increasing your intake of vitamins C and B can help your skin deflect nasty UV rays, too, so up your servings of cantaloupe and brewer’s yeast, ladies and gents!

Anybody out there blocking the sun in other natural ways? Postbellum hats, maybe?

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