The temperature is changing fast! In fact, you can already feel the heat of the sun increasing day by day. This only means one thing– summer is fast approaching. With that, it’s important to keep your skin protected against the damaging rays of the sun.
Despite the fact that there are a lot of sunscreens available in the market nowadays, most of them contain harmful chemicals that’s bad for the skin. With that, it’s always ideal to just make one your own. We have collected some of the best homemade sunscreen recipes that are as good as the commercial ones, but not as harmful as them.
Also, a lot of the ingredients in this recipe contains a natural SPF, but since it’s a natural recipe, you should know that it hasn’t been tested by a regulatory organization. Which only implies that we can’t give you the exact SPF level this sunscreen has. Nonetheless, the individual ingredients generally contain the following SPF levels: Coconut Oil: 4-6, Almond Oil: 5, Raspberry Seed Oil: 25-50, Zinc Oxide: 2-20, Shea Butter: 4-6 and Carrot Seed Oil: 35-40.
You should also know that the final version of these DIY sunscreens will also have various sun protective abilities. This will greatly depend on the amount of ingredients used in each formulation. For instance, even the simple version of Shea butter and coconut oil, with a little amount of carrot seed oil and raspberry seed can be used to protect the skin against moderate exposure to the sun.
Friendly Reminder: Before using any of these products, it’s advisable to consult a doctor or dermatologist first.
1. Olive and Almond Oil Recipe
This sunscreen lotion is packed with the goodness of both olive oil and almond oil. Both of them are rich in vitamin E and it has been said that almond oil has an SPF level of 5.
- 1 cup olive oil or almond oil
- 1 cup beeswax
- 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
- 2 tablespoon zinc oxide
- Combine all the ingredients together, but don’t include the zinc oxide, in a jar.
- In a pan filled with boiling water, gently put the jar mixture. Ensure that the water doesn’t get inside the jar.
- The heat of the water will melt the ingredients, and once everything is fully melted, the zinc oxide should be added.
- Mix well and allow it to cool for a number of hours. Store in a wide mouth store jar.
2. Zinc Oxide Lotion
If you’re looking for an instant, yet natural sunscreen, then this one is for you.
- Get a bottle of any natural body lotion that doesn’t have any citrus oil.
- Add 2 tablespoons of zing oxide and shake well.
- Your sunscreen is now ready.
3. Coconut Oil Sunscreen
Coconut oil has a number of uses. Thanks to its nourishing ability, aside from being a perfect hair conditioner and moisturizer, you can also use it on your skin and protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun.
- 1 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 cup Shea butter
- 1 cup zinc oxide
- 1 cup water
- Combine all the ingredients together with the help of a blender.
- Once everything is fully blended, transfer into a jar and store in a cool dry place.
- This sunscreen is perfect for everyday use.
4. Shea Butter Sunscreen
There are a lot of natural products that are packed with sun safeguarding abilities, and one of them is the Shea butter. Aside from being an excellent moisturizer, it also works well as a natural sunscreen.
– Apply the Shea butter all over your skin in order to block the harmful rays of the sun.
Warning: If you’re getting too much exposure from the sun, refrain from using it.
5. Vitamin E Oil Sunscreen
By combining your favorite essential oils, together with zinc oxide, you can make your own sunscreen that’s all natural and effective.
- 1 cup raspberry seed oil
- 1 cup beeswax
- 2 tablespoons Shea butter
- 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil
- 2 tablespoon of zinc oxide
- 1 capsule of vitamin E oil
1. Combine all the ingredient together except for the zinc oxide, vitamin E oil, and essential oil.
2. Place the jar over a pan filled with hot water to melt the ingredients.
3. Once the ingredients are fully melted, add the zinc oxide and mix well.
4. Add the vitamin E oil and your favorite essential oil. Continue mixing.
What’s good about this sunscreen is that it could last for up to 6 months and it’s packed with a number of sun guarding agents, such as the zinc oxide, Shea butter, and best of all, the raspberry seed oil with SPF 30.
6. Soy Oil and Sea Emollient Sunscreen
Soy oil and sea emollients combined can make a very powerful natural sunscreen that’s also capable of improving the skin’s condition, while protecting it from sun rays at the same time.
- 27 g soy oil
- 30 sea emollients
- 1 capsule vitamin E
- 9 g lecithin powder
- 22.5 g zinc oxide
- 0.5 g grape seed extract
1. Melt the oil and add the lecithin powder and other ingredients. Mix well until it achieves a creamy consistency.
This is the formula of a great sunscreen that’s capable of protecting the skin.
7. Tea Leaves Sunscreen
Are you even aware that there’s a great sunscreen lying around your kitchen cabinets? This might amaze you– tea leaves are wonderful ingredients that are capable of blocking the sun.
1. Soak 2 tablespoons of tea leaves in half a cup of water overnight.
2. Separate the water from the leaves and pour it in a spray bottle.
3. Spray on your skin as often as needed.
Reminder: Keep refrigerated to lengthen its shelf life.
8. Germ Oil Sunscreen
Aside from nourishing the skin, germ oil could also be used as a sunscreen in its raw form. In fact, it has a natural SPF level of 20, that it works well as a sun proofing lotion.
- This homemade sunscreen is not entirely waterproof that it should be reapplied after swimming or sweating.
- Never inhale the Zinc oxide when preparing your sunscreen.
- Adding more beeswax results to a thicker sunscreen.
- For fragrance, you can either use vanilla extract, coconut, or lavender oil.
- This sunscreen should be stored inside the fridge or in a cool dry place.