This homemade sunscreen recipe is easy to make and doesn’t come full of toxic chemicals. Natural ingredients make this safe for babies, toddlers, and adults. No need to worry about rubbing harmful chemicals on your family’s skin.
Did you know most store bought conventional sunscreens use harmful chemicals in their sunscreen. These chemical sunscreens can cause cancer and disrupt your hormones. Traditional sunscreens are not necessary when there are better options out there.
HOMEMADE SUNSCREEN INGREDIENTS
- ¼ cup coconut oil – contains natural SPF
- ¼ cup shea butter – naturally protects skin
- ¼ cup cocoa butter
- ¼ cup beeswax
- ¼ cup almond oil – can use olive oil or avocado oil in place of this
- ¼ cup non-nano zinc oxide – non toxic sunblock
- 10-15 drops essential oils (optional)
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE SUNSCREEN RECIPE
- Make a homemade double boiler by filling a pot with a few inches of water and placing it on the stove and turning on the heat to medium low heat.
- Add the coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, and almond oil to a glass bowl that will fit over the pot.
- As the ingredients melt, stir to combine.
- Remove from heat and add in the non-nano zinc oxide and essential oils.
- Whisk the ingredients until well blended.
- Pour the sunscreen into glass jars for storage.
HOW TO USE HOMEMADE SUNSCREEN
To use, apply a thick layer before sun exposure. Reapply every few hours. If swimming, reapply every 1-2 hours. This natural sunscreen recipe does leave somewhat of a white film, but the more you rub it in, the more that goes away.
Smaller wide mouth mason jars are great to store this homemade sunscreen recipe in, but any glass jar works. Plastic containers are usable, however, you will need to skip the essential oils because that can break down the plastic overtime.
This sunscreen will harden when in cold temperatures and will become liquid in hot temperatures. This does not affect the way the sunscreen works.
A fun thing to do for kids is to make sunscreen bars. You can pour the melted sunscreen in a mold, making all sorts of shapes. Unicorns and dinosaurs are a big hit in this house!
ESSENTIAL OIL OPTIONS
Essential oils are a great addition to DIY sunscreen!
- Peppermint – cooling effect
- Lavender – soothes the skin
- Frankincense – helps skin issues
- Citronella – keeps bugs away
Stay away from citrus oils as they can increase sun sensitivity.
ZINC OXIDE OPTIONS
Make sure your zinc oxide is non-nano. If you apply sunscreen with nano zinc oxide, the super-small particles can penetrate your skin cells and end up in your bloodstream. If you are swimming in the ocean, those are the particles that are bad for the coral reefs.
To determine how much zinc oxide to use, use these rates:
- For SPF 2-5: Use 5% zinc oxide
- For SPF 6-11: Use 10% zinc oxide
- For SPF 12-19: Use 15% zinc oxide
- For SPF 20+: Use 20% zinc oxide
If you would like to make homemade sunscreen with an SPF of 15, you would calculate 15% of the amount of lotion you are starting with.
OTHER WAYS TO KEEP SAFE IN THE SUN
There are other ways to protect yourself from the uv rays than natural sunscreens.
Wear a sun hat.
Wear a long sleeve shirt.
Stay in the shade.
Use an umbrella.
Don’t go in the sun during peak sun times. Usually 1:00-3:00.
Eat sun protecting foods. Grapes, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, strawberries, tomatoes, and almonds are all foods that have vitamins to help with your own skins sun protection factor. Check out this post on more about eating foods to get good protection for your skin.
WOULD YOU RATHER BUY YOUR SUNSCREEN?
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Here are some mineral sunscreens options that are environmental working group approved :
WHAT IF I GET SUNBURNED?
There are options to help soothe your skin even if you get burned in the sun from excessive sun exposure.
Aloe Vera – Buy a plant to keep in your house year round for anytime the sun’s rays have done a little too much damage.
Cool Down Essential Oil Blend – Lavender, Peppermint, and Aloe Vera Gel mixed in a roller ball
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For full disclosure, use your common sense and do your own research on what natural products to use in your own homemade sunscreen recipes. While all the ingredients I have mentioned are natural and great for your skin, some people still react to nature products. There are plenty of alternative ingredients to use to still make an effective sunscreen in place of the ingredients I have mentioned. It is a good idea to try to get the best quality ingredients you can afford, as what you put on your skin is very important.