Homemade sunscreens: can you make one that is safe and effective?


Making natural homemade sunscreen is fun & easy. You only need a few simple ingredients to make a skin-nourishing DIY sunscreen that works!

Do you love the sun as much as I do, but hate the chemicals in commercial sunscreen? Then you’ll LOVE this natural homemade sunscreen!

My teen years were spent rebelling against sunscreen và having tanning contests with my older sister. We would lie in the sun (glistening with baby oil) well into the colder fall months – doing everything in our power to lớn hold onto a golden tung until the snow started flying.

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I still adore the feel of sunshine on my skin và believe moderate amounts are important to lớn our health, but I’m no longer a fan hâm mộ of endangering my health by overdoing it.

Natural Protection WITHOUT Sunscreen

While we normally suggest allowing your skin khổng lồ get a good amount of sunshine to provide your body toàn thân with ample vi-ta-min D, we do not condone soaking up the sun until you are burnt to a crisp. In years past, people knew how to lớn avoid getting too much sun by following some simple sunny day guidelines:

avoid being outside during the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are the hottestwear light, loose clothing to cover exposed skin

However, we understand there are times you will not be able khổng lồ cover up or get out of the sun và may need to lớn use sunscreen. But commercial sunscreens have been a hot topic lately, guilty of containing harsh chemicals & being counterproductive in maintaining healthy skin.

So let’s learn how to safely protect your skin with DIY sunscreen when covering up or getting out of the sun is out of the question.

Ingredients for Natural Sun Protection

There are several oils, butters, essential oils, and other natural ingredients that provide natural sun protection. While most of these offer very low amounts of sun protection, when added khổng lồ your natural homemade sunscreen they nourish the skin và offer some protection against the effects of excessive sun exposure.

Coconut oil –contains natural SPF properties

Shea butter –naturally protects skin, making it perfect for use in a DIY sunscreen

Jojoba oil, sunflower oil, or sesame oil –these oils are easily absorbed into the skin and also provide some natural sun protection

Eucalyptus và lavender essential oils eucalyptus has very low natural SPF và lavender is great for soothing and repairing skin. DO NOT use citrus essential oils in your DIY sunscreen, as they may increase sensitivity to lớn sunlight.

Vitamin E oil –nourishes & moisturizes skin, và helps naturally preserve natural homemade sunscreen

Zinc oxide (non-nano) a non-toxic, usually non-irritating, effective broad-spectrum sunblock. The particles sit on the outermost layer of your skin, scattering & absorbing UVA và UVB rays, protecting the skin below.

Zinc oxide (ZnO), provides true broad-spectrum protection against UVA wavelengths >360 nm.

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Be sure khổng lồ use non-nano zinc oxide khổng lồ produce a natural homemade sunscreen.We purchased ourshere. (The smallest amount you can purchase is a container that will last youyears!)


Nano or micronized zinc oxide has been treated to lớn reduce the kích cỡ of its particles, creating an ultrafine powder. When added khổng lồ sunscreens it does not leave a white film on the skin, thus making it a popular choice in many commercial sunscreens. The problem with this is that the particles are so small they can enter the body toàn thân through the skin, causing potential health problems.

We demonstrated that agglomerated ZnO-NPs had toxic effects on mammalian cells, and this effect was dependent on the ZnO concentration & the cell line used.<2>

If purchasing from a company other than our source, be sure to lớn purchase a non-nano zinc oxide that has particle sizes as large as possible. (Anything with a particle kích thước smaller than 100nm is considered a nanoparticle – the zinc oxide we found is 330nm.)

Choose your Homemade Sunscreen SPF

Different amounts of zinc oxide are needed depending on what SPF you would like your DIYsunscreen lớn be. Once you have chosen the SPF a little math is involved. The zinc oxide must be a certain percentage of the weight of your ingredients (before adding the zinc oxide). For this reason, it’s easiest lớn use a kitchen scale when making your sunscreen. For example, if you have 2 ounces of lotion & you’d lượt thích to make SPF 10 sunscreen, according to lớn the values below you will need to địa chỉ cửa hàng .2 ounces of zinc oxide to the lotion. Use the zinc oxide recommendations below.

2-5 SPF:Use 5% zinc oxide6-11 SPF:Use 10% zinc oxide12-19 SPF:Use 15% zinc oxide>20 SPF:Use 20% zinc oxide

Homemade Sunscreen: A Natural Recipe


Add coconut oil, shea butter, & jojoba/sesame/sunflower oil to a makeshift double boiler. (To make your own double boiler, place a Pyrex measuring cup containing ingredients inside a small pot filled with a few inches of water). Heat until melted. Remove from the double boiler & allow it khổng lồ cool a little. Put on a mask that covers your nose & mouth (to avoid breathing in the fine particles of zinc oxide powder), và measure out your zinc oxide. địa chỉ zinc oxide, vi-ta-min E oil, and optional essential oils to the other ingredients. Stir well lớn combine. Store in a dark jar in the refrigerator.

To Use:

Apply liberally to lớn exposed skin. Reapply every few hours, or more often if swimming or sweating.

Notes for Homemade Sunscreen Success

The shelf life of this natural homemade sunscreen is about 6 months. Refrigerate when not in use.

The oils it contains are photosensitive, so vày not leave your homemade sunscreen sitting out in direct sunlight. Keeping it in a cooler will prevent it from melting in high temperatures when taking it lớn the pool or beach.

If you prefer to địa chỉ zinc oxide lớn another homemade lotionyou like, simply weigh a desired amount of lotion and địa chỉ enough zinc oxide lớn achieve the preferred SPF, mixing thoroughly.