It’s important that you protect your skin from the harsh rays of the sun. If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware of the harmful ingredients used in conventional sunscreens.
If you’re budget conscious, and a diehard fan of DIY recipes, these skin-friendly sun blocks are for you.
Before diving into the recipes let me break down the advantages of using homemade sunscreens.
I simply can’t say, “Homemade sunscreens are the best. Period.” It would be like telling you to eat broccoli without explaining the benefits.
By now I’m sure that most of you are aware of the importance of wearing sunscreen. It not only protects skin from the sun but, also prevents premature wrinkles and melanomas.
According to the EWG guide to sunscreen, these are some toxic chemicals used in commercially produced sunscreens,
Benzophenone-4, benzophenone-8, menthyl anthranilate, PABA, padimate O, and trolamine salicylate are some of the other chemicals that are approved in the U.S.
Such facts should not put you off from wearing sunscreen altogether. In fact, the American Cancer Society recommends that people use them to prevent skin cancer and other skin-related problems.
To offset these problems, you can opt for vitamins which work great on your skin. Here are 14 Potent Vitamins for Younger and Healthier Skin that can give you great skin health.
Thankfully you have two options, buy chemical free sunscreen, or you can make your own using natural ingredients to fix your skin. Even in some of the non-toxic ones sometimes these harmful chemicals sneak their way in. So make sure you look for these chemicals before you buy a sunscreen.
Here are some DIY sunscreen recipes
Most of the recipes contain zinc oxide. So vary it according to your SPF requirement.
- 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 more than 20: Use 20% zinc oxide
Most homemade sunscreens last up to 6 months if you store them in the fridge. Make sure you reapply your sunscreen every 3-4 hours.
1. Aloe Vera Sunscreen
- 1 cup aloe vera juice
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 15 drops carrot seed essential oil
- 10 drops myrrh essential oil
Add all the ingredients in an airtight jar and mix well. Also, shake well before using.
2. Sunblock Lotion
- 2 oz shea butter
- 2 oz coconut oil
- 1 oz zinc oxide
- 8 drops of essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus or peppermint
- In a pan add the shea butter, coconut oil, and essential oil. Heat it until it melts
- Remove the pan from the stove and add zinc oxide and pour it into a container
3. Natural oil sunscreen
- 2 oz beeswax
- 1 teaspoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
- 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed Oil
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- 2 oz cocoa butter
- 2 oz coconut oil
- 2 oz jojoba oil
- 2 oz zinc (uncoated or non-nano)
- In a pan melt the beeswax, cocoa butter, and all the oils
- Remove the pan, add zinc and keep stirring until the lumps are gone
- When the mixture is slightly cool, stir it again until the liquids are combined
- Either store it in a squeeze bottle or glass jar
4. Waterproof sunscreen
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 2 Tbsp Shea Butter
- 1 tsp Vitamin E
- 2 Tbsp Zinc Oxide powder
- In a container combine all the ingredients except zinc oxide
- Pour this mixture into a pan and melt over medium heat
- Next, pour it into the desired container and add the zinc
- Let the mixture cool completely before usage
- You can store this in the fridge to prevent the oils from going rancid
5. Green tea sunscreen
- 1 tbsp mango butter
- 1 tbsp shea butter
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 tbsp jojoba oil
- 1 tsp beeswax pellets
- 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
- 4 tbsp green tea
- 4 tsp zinc oxide powder
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 drops of vanilla essential oil
- To prepare the green tea, steep a green tea bag in ½ cup of hot water for a few minutes. Remove the tea bag and keep the liquid aside to use later
- In a pan melt the butter, oils, and beeswax on a medium heat
- Remove the pan from the stove and add the green tea liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time. Whisk this well.
- Next, add zinc oxide and mix it in thoroughly to ensure that there are no lumps.
- Pour the mixture into a sterilized jar
Have you tried out any of these homemade sunscreens? If so, let us know how it turned out.