I have been meaning to write this blog post for a while as I have received calls from many of you requesting me to make a natural sunscreen. However, I have been unsuccessful in making a stable product with adequate protection. So I’m offering you some simple recipes that you can try yourself.
We can’t deny the benefits of using a sunscreen – It prevents premature ageing, reduces tanning and the chances of skin cancer due to sun exposure. However, the ingredients of most sunscreens are alarming as they often contain endocrine disrupting chemicals or toxic components, which are responsible for numerous health issues.
So, the dilemma is whether to use or not to use sunscreen.
Since there are strong advocates of both sides of the argument, I think the safest bet is to make a simple, natural sunscreen at home.
With a little research and effort, you can easily prepare your own natural sunscreen lotion or cream at your home, ensuring the safest sunscreen product for yourself and your family.
I’m sharing 2 simple DIY recipes to make your own natural sunscreen at home using easy to find ingredients.
Natural Sunscreen Recipe 1
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons almond oil
- 2 tablespoons aloe gel
- 2 tablespoons Vitamin E (puncture a capsule)
- 4 tablespoons zinc oxide (available at chemists)
- 30-40 drops carrot seed oil
1.Melt your coconut oil and stir in olive oil, almond oil and vitamin E. Allow it to cool for some time and add carrot seed oil.
2.Refrigerate the mixture so that it hardens slightly. Now add aloe gel and zinc oxide and blend it well using a hand blender.
3.Transfer to a clean bowl. Keep the sunscreen refrigerated so that it stays solid.
Natural Sunscreen Recipe 2
- 1/2 cup almond
- ½ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoon zinc oxide
- 1 teaspoon carrot seed oil
- 1 teaspoon of red raspberry seed oil
- ¼ cup grated bees wax
- 10-20 drops Lavender essential oil
1.Warm beeswax on low heat or a double boiler till it melts.
2.Melt in coconut oil and shea butter
3.Allow the mixture to reach room temperature
4.Stir in almond oil, carrot seed oil, red raspberry seed oil, zinc oxide and lavender essential oil.
5.Transfer to a clean glass jar and store in the fridge if required
Since this recipe has shea butter and oils, it may not suit people with oily/acne prone skin.
Since these recipes do not contain any preservatives, it would be a good idea to make small batches and use it up in a week. These recipes may not be suitable for oily / acne prone skin as we use coconut oil, shea butter which are on heavy on the face.
There are a few other things to keep in mind if you make your own sunscreen. Most DIY sunscreens may not offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Also, there is no method to judge the SPF of your sunscreen. So I recommend using a DIY sunscreen only during light sun exposure and reapplying it frequently.
I am a strong advocate of soaking up some early morning sun and generally go without a sunblock during that time but wear a medicated sunscreen (not natural at all) if stepping out.
What are your sunscreen stories?? Have you ever tried making your own natural sunscreen at home? I would love to hear about your experience.
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