Learn how to make your own safe and effective sunscreen at home with this easy recipe. Made with all-natural ingredients, this homemade sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays without any harsh chemicals.
Safe Homemade Sunscreen
- Glass jar with lid
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Small mixing bowl
- Whisk or fork
- 3 tablespoons tablespoons of coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of shea butter
- 2 tablespoons of beeswax
- 2 tablespoons of non-nano zinc oxide powder
- 10-15 drops of essential oil (optional)
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax.
- Heat the mixture over low heat until fully melted.
- Remove from heat and add in the zinc oxide powder and essential oil, if using.
- Whisk or fork until fully combined.
- Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
- Once cooled, transfer the mixture to a glass jar with lid and use as desired.
- Be sure to use non-nano zinc oxide powder, as nano particles can be harmful when absorbed into the skin.
- This recipe can be adjusted to make smaller or larger batches as needed.
- Essential oils are optional, but they can add a pleasant scent to the sunscreen. Use a skin-safe essential oil such as lavender or peppermint oil.
How to Use
- Apply a small amount of sunscreen to the skin before going outside.
- Reapply as needed, especially after swimming or sweating.
- Be sure to cover all exposed skin, including the face, ears, and back of the neck.
Why should I make my own sunscreen?
- Making your own sunscreen allows you to control the ingredients, ensuring that they are all-natural and safe for your skin. Many store-bought sunscreens contain chemicals that can be harsh on the skin and potentially harmful to your health.
Can I use this sunscreen on my face?
- Yes, this homemade sunscreen is safe for use on the face. However, if you have sensitive skin, it’s recommended to do a patch test before using it all over your face.
Can I use this sunscreen on babies?
- It is not recommended to use this sunscreen on babies under 6 months old. Consult with a pediatrician before using any sunscreen on babies under 6 months old.
How long does this homemade sunscreen last?
- This sunscreen can last up to a year if stored in a cool, dark place. Be sure to give it a good stir before using as the ingredients can separate over time.
How effective is this homemade sunscreen?
- This homemade sunscreen offers SPF of around 20-30, which is similar to most store-bought sunscreens. Be sure to reapply as needed and seek shade during the hottest parts of the day for optimal sun protection.
Can I use this sunscreen for swimming?
- It’s not recommended to use this sunscreen for swimming, as the water can wash it off. It’s best to reapply after swimming or towel drying.
Can I use this sunscreen for sunbathing?
- It’s best to avoid sunbathing and prolonged sun exposure as much as possible, even when wearing sunscreen. Instead, seek shade during the hottest parts of the day and limit sun exposure to short periods of time.