DIY sunscreen is a simple, natural, and effective way to stay safe in the sun. This homemade sunscreen just takes a few ingredients to whip up and includes an option to help keep bugs away. Follow my tips below on how to make sunscreen that is ultra moisterizing.
To make this recipe, you will need: shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, non -nano zinc oxide, vitamin e (optional), and essential oils (optional).
This post was updated December 2018
Homemade Sunscreen Backstory
I’m so excited about this recipe! My homemade natural sunscreen recipe is thick, creamy, and super moisturizing! Plus, it has a bug repellant option so you can keep mosquitos at bay while your working in the garden. It’s filled with simple, nourishing ingredients so you don’t have to worry about what kind of crazy cancer causing chemicals you are putting on yourself or your child.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot more about my skin health, sun protection, and healthy aging (not because I’m getting some wrinkles on my forehead from my overly expressive face or anything… cough cough). Does anyone else find it ironic that even though we are slathering on more sunscreen than ever before that skin cancer is more prevalent?
The truth is sunscreen blocks UV rays which can lead to a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D has been shown to reduce the risk of many cancers. So we don’t want to completely shy away from the sun. We need about 10 minutes of sun exposure everyday to get the vitamin D we need (source).
I apply sunscreen when I know I will be in the sun for an extended amount of time, especially during the times when the sun in the strongest. Also, I try to wear clothing to cover up and naturally fight sunburn with a diet high in omega 3’s (wild salmon), leafy green vegetables (like kale), and healthy saturated fats (extra virgin coconut oil, butter from grassfed cows, eggs, etc.)
Homemade Sunscreen Tips
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- Mosquito Repellant Sunscreen: To make a sunscreen that repels mosquitos add in citronella, or other repellants like cedarwood, lavender, or peppermint. This works amazing. Before I would go out in the garden for 2 seconds and be eaten alive, but not anymore when I use this bug repellant sunscreen. You can also get a synergy blend like Shield Me.
- Cooling Sunscreen: Add peppermint essential oils to give the sunscreen a cooling effect. It’s kind of like a built in air conditioner!
- Placing in an old deodorant tube makes the sunscreen a roll on. Keep stored in a cool place like the refrigerator to avoid melting.
- This sunscreen has an SPF around 20.
- This sunscreen stays on well and is long lasting. It is water resistant, but not waterproof so apply frequently when in water.
- If you would like thinner sunscreen substitute a tbs or two of shea butter for a liquid oil like almond or jojoba.
- Add more zinc oxide for higher SPF
How To Make Homemade Sunscreen
Natural DIY Sunscreen Ingredients
- 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil – has a natural spf and is moisturizing
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup bees wax pellets or grated beeswax – acts to emulsify and keep the homemade sunscreen together
- 2 Tbs non-nano zinc oxide powder – Did you know that Zinc Oxide have antibacterial and anti UV properties? This is why sunscreen includes this ingredient. It prevents the sun from damaging your skin, which is why wearing protection in the sun is vital. A topic like this is quite interesting.
- few drops of Vitamin E-Oil(optional) – helps preserve and moisturize. Plus, vitamin E is great for the skin
- 10-20 drops essential oils (for bug repellant option use citronella, cedarwood, lavender, peppermint etc.) Don’t use photo sensitive essential oils like grapefruit, lemon, orange, etc.
Homemade Sunscreen Directions:
- Place first coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax into a double boiler or mason jar and lightly twist lid.
- Place jar into a pot with a few inches of simmering water and let ingredients melt stirring occasionally.
- Once melted, take mason jar out of the water, and mix in zinc oxide and vitamin E (be careful NOT TO INHALE ZINC OXIDE).
- Allow to cool for a few minutes and stir in essential oils.
- Pour sunscreen into a squeeze bottle like this one, an old deodorant tube, or a mason jar. Keep stored in a cook dry place!
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- Try this Homemade Deodorant For Sensitive Skin
- DIY “Miracle” Night Cream – is the most popular skincare recipe on the blog
- My favorite shea butter and aloe face cream.
Homemade Sunscreen Recipe
Natural Homemade Sunscreen
- Place first 3 ingredients into a double boiler or mason jar and lightly twist lid. Place jar into a pot with a few inches of simmering water and let ingredients melt stirring occasionally. Once melted, take mason jar out of the water, and mix in Zinc oxide and vitamin E (be careful NOT TO INHALE ZINC OXIDE). Allow to cool for a few minutes and stir in essential oils. Pour sunscreen into a squeeze bottle like this one, an old deodorant tube, or a mason jar. Keep stored in a cook dry place!
Are you excited about making your own sunscreen? Have you tried making it before?