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DIY SUNSCREEN RECIPES

By Crystal Mejia
Posted On May 11, 2016
DIY SUNSCREEN RECIPES

 

If the sun is out then that means pool parties, beach days, and tasty BBQs! With an exciting season ahead us, let’s not forget about skin care while we shower ourselves with sun exposure. For those of us who like to be half naked in the scorching heat, we have some recipes that you’ll be interested in trying. They smell great, are naturally moisturizing, and are sunscreen alternatives using natural ingredients. May I mention that they are great for children as well! Take a look!

 

The Quick, Easy Way

What You  Will Need

  • Favorite lotion bottle
  • Non-Nano Zinc Oxide
  • Face Mask & Gloves

 

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Grab your favorite bottle of lotion and make sure it does not have citrus oils in the ingredients.

Step 2: Place face mask over nose and mouth to prevent inhaling Zinc Oxide.

Step 3: Add a few tablespoons of non-nano zinc oxide to the bottle of lotion.

Step 4: Shake it up! If the lotion is thick, mix the non-nano zinc oxide really well.

Step 5: Apply it to protect that beautiful skin!

 

The Natural Way

What You Will Need

  • Face Mask & Gloves
  • ½ cup almond or olive oil
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons Shea Butter
  • ¼ cup beeswax
  • 2 Tablespoons Non-Nano Zinc Oxide
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • Essential Oils or Natural Extracts for fragrance
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Pint-sized glass jar
  • Mason Jar

 

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Mix ingredients without the non-nano zinc oxide in a pint sized glass jar. (Note: The more beeswax you add, the thicker the sunscreen will be.

Step 2: Fill a medium-sized saucepan with a couple of inches of water and place over medium heat.

Step 3: Lightly cover the jar with a lid and place in the medium pan.

Step 4: Stir occasionally as the ingredients start to melt.

Step 5: Stir in non-nano zinc oxide when all ingredients are completely melted. (Note: If Zinc Oxide is not used, you have yourself natural body butter.)

Step 6: Pour into a mason jar and stir all ingredients as they cool.

Step 7: Keep cool by storing in refrigerator.

 

Why These Natural Ingredients Are Awesome

SPF 15 or higher is ideal for normal skin and SPF 30 or higher is recommended for those who suffer from skin conditions. Most of the ingredients included in this recipe naturally contain SPF:

  • Almond Oil = SPF 5
  • Coconut Oil = SPF 4-6
  • Non-Nano Zinc Oxide SPF = SPF 2-20
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil = SPF 25-50
  • Carrot Seed Oil = SPF 35-40
  • Shea Butter = SPF 4-6

 

Notes for Best Results

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide

The more sensitive your skin is to sunlight, the higher the SPF should be and the more zinc oxide you add to your mix. For moderate protection, add 10% of zinc oxide to the weight of your lotion. (i.e., 5 oz. of lotion and .5oz of zinc oxide)

 

WaterProof

Sunscreens are said to be water and sweat resistant, but still need to be reapplied after 40-80 minutes after physical activity. It is recommended to reapply immediately after sweating and swimming with this recipe.

 

Expiration

This recipe should be kept cool and used within six months. After six months, we recommend making a new batch.

 

We love do it yourself projects and hope you do too! Let us know what you think about these recipes!

 

ATTENTION

Although zinc oxide is the safest active sunscreen ingredient, please make sure you are using non-nano zinc oxide along with a face mask while making the recipe.