Looking for a cheap and easy way to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays? Try this homemade sunscreen recipe that is made with all-natural ingredients and is gentle on sensitive skin.
Cheap Homemade Sunscreen
- Small mixing bowl
- Whisk or fork
- Small container or jar with a lid
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of shea butter
- 2 tablespoons of beeswax
- 2 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder
- 15-20 drops of essential oils (such as lavender or peppermint)
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax.
- Heat the mixture in the microwave for 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the ingredients are fully melted.
- Remove the mixture from the microwave and stir in the zinc oxide powder and essential oils.
- Pour the mixture into a small container or jar with a lid.
- Allow the sunscreen to cool and solidify before using.
- This sunscreen will have a low SPF, so it's best to use it in conjunction with other sun protection methods such as hats and clothing.
- The zinc oxide powder is what gives the sunscreen its sun-protective properties, so be sure to use a non-nano, uncoated form.
- If you have sensitive skin, you may want to start with a smaller amount of essential oils and adjust as needed.
How to Use
- Rub a small amount of the sunscreen onto your skin before going out into the sun.
- Reapply every 2-3 hours or after swimming or sweating.
- Use in conjunction with other sun protection methods such as hats and clothing.
What are the benefits of using a cheap homemade sunscreen?
- One of the main benefits is that it is much less expensive than commercial sunscreens, and it is made with all-natural ingredients that are gentle on the skin.
What are some common ingredients found in homemade sunscreens?
- Some common ingredients found in homemade sunscreens include coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, zinc oxide powder, and essential oils.
How do I know if my homemade sunscreen is effective?
- The effectiveness of your homemade sunscreen will depend on the ingredients used, but it will typically have a lower SPF than commercial sunscreens. It is best to use it in conjunction with other sun protection methods.
Is it safe to use a homemade sunscreen on sensitive skin?
- Yes, as long as the ingredients are all-natural and gentle, homemade sunscreen can be safe for sensitive skin.
Can I use any type of zinc oxide powder in my homemade sunscreen?
- It is important to use a non-nano, uncoated form of zinc oxide powder in your homemade sunscreen as it provides the sun-protective properties.
Can I use any essential oils in my homemade sunscreen?
- You can use any essential oils that you prefer, but some popular choices include lavender and peppermint as they have soothing properties.
Can I store my homemade sunscreen in a plastic container?
- It is best to store your homemade sunscreen in a glass container with a lid as plastic containers can cause the sunscreen to degrade over time.
Can I use this sunscreen for my children?
- Yes, as long as you use gentle ingredients and adjust the amount of essential oils as needed, this sunscreen can be safe for children.
Is it necessary to use a sunscreen all year round?
- It is important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays all year round, not just during the summer months. This homemade sunscreen can be used throughout the year to protect your skin from sun damage.