Have you ever thought about making your own sunscreen? It’s easier than you think. Find out why you should avoid conventional store-bought sunscreens (hint: they’re full of harmful chemicals), and learn how to make your own sunscreen. We’ll help you do just that with a few choice recipes.
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Homemade sunscreen with olive oil and beeswax
This recipe makes 300 ml of sunscreen with an estimated protection factor of 10 to 15:
240 ml olive oil or other natural oil
30 g pure beeswax
1 to 2 tablespoons of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide powder
essential oil (optional)
- Pour the base oil into a saucepan and heat. If you are using a gas stove, turn the flame to low. If you are using an electric stove, set it to medium heat. To ensure the integrity of the ingredients, you can try melting them in a water bath instead of adding them directly to the pot.
- For a thicker, heavier sunscreen, add more beeswax.
- Stir constantly until the beeswax is completely melted in the hot oil. The ingredients should be completely melted before you add the oxide powder.
- If you want to perfume your sunscreen with an essential oil, now is the time to do it. Lavender is a popular choice . Use just a few drops of lavender oil to make sure the scent isn’t too strong or irritating, especially if you want to use the oil on your face.
- Wear gloves and a face mask to protect yourself from direct contact with the zinc oxide powder. Above all, protect yourself from inhaling the powder. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder to the melted mixture. The powder must be evenly distributed in the mixture to provide effective sun protection. You can use either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, although zinc oxide seems to be the most common among DIY sunscreen makers. Make sure the powder is suitable for food, drug or medicinal purposes.
- Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before use. Once the sunscreen is at room temperature, you can apply it to your skin.
- Label, date and store in a cool place. It is best to use this or any homemade sunscreen within six months of making it.
Homemade sunscreen with aloe vera and coconut oil.
You can make a simple natural sunscreen yourself with aloe vera. It has been proven to both treat and prevent burns on the skin.
Note: This recipe is not waterproof and needs to be reapplied frequently.
60 ml coconut oil
2 tablespoons powdered zinc oxide
60 ml pure aloe vera gel
25 drops of walnut extract oil for fragrance and an additional sun protection factor
220 g shea butter for a spreadable consistency
- Mix all ingredients except the zinc oxide and aloe vera gel in a medium saucepan.
- Melt the shea butter and oils over medium heat.
- Let cool for a few minutes before stirring in the aloe vera gel.
- Let cool completely before adding the zinc oxide. Mix well to make sure the zinc oxide is well distributed.
- You may want to add some beeswax or other waxy substance to improve the consistency.
- Pour into a glass jar and store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.
Make your own sunscreen with carrot oil and almond oil
100 g almond or olive oil
50 g coconut oil
40 g beeswax
2 tablespoons zinc oxide
1 teaspoon red raspberry seed oil
1 teaspoon carrot seed oil
2 tablespoons shea butter (optional)
other natural extracts (not citrus).
- Mix all ingredients except zinc oxide in a glass jar.
- Fill a medium saucepan with a few inches of water and place on the stove over medium heat.
- Cover the glass jar loosely with a lid and place it in the pot with the water.
- Shake or stir occasionally so that the ingredients mix as they melt.
- When all the ingredients are completely melted, stir in the zinc oxide and pour it into the jar.
- Stir a few times as it cools to make sure the zinc oxide is incorporated.
- Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator to extend shelf life.
Homemade sunscreen with avocado oil
100 g avocado oil (you can also use almond or olive oil .)
50 g cocoa butter
40 g beeswax beads
60 g coconut oil
2 tablespoons of zinc oxide
15 drops of essential oils (optional)
Canning jar with a wide opening for storage.
- Melt the avocado oil, cocoa butter, beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, place a bowl of the ingredients in a pot of water and bring to a boil.
- Once the ingredients are completely melted, remove the bowl from the heat and let it cool slightly.
- Now stir in the zinc oxide.
- Add the essential oils, if you are using them, and stir them in well.
- Transfer the sunscreen to a suitable container. You can use a small canning jar with a wide lid.