Summer is here! That means it is time to say hello to longer, warmer days drenched in golden sunlight. Unfortunately, if you aren’t careful, it also means that it is time to say hello to skin burnt to a painful red crisp by that summer sun. Ouch! Sunburn is not fun. Period. In addition, that sun exposure can up your risk of health problems such as skin cancer. This summer protect yourself and your loved ones by learning how to make homemade sunscreen.
Sure, you could skip learning how to make homemade sunscreen and just pick up a bottle at your local store but if you’re looking for a natural, chemical free remedy for you and your family, I highly recommend this homemade sunscreen recipe.
This particular recipe for homemade sunscreen is rich in natural ingredients (such as coconut oil) that will not only protect your skin but nourish it. There are no unpronounceable ingredients or questionable chemicals here!
Learning how to make homemade sunscreen is not difficult. In fact, all you have to do is melt a few ingredients on your stovetop or in the microwave, stir in a few essential oils, and voilà, you just successfully concocted homemade sunscreen! In fact, you can learn how to make homemade sunscreen from scratch in under 10 minutes.
Let’s get started so you can head outdoors and enjoy the summer and all of its sunshine!
How To Make Homemade Sunscreen
Many of the ingredients in this article on how to make homemade sunscreen have a natural SPF but since this is a natural recipe that has not been tested by a regulatory organization, I can’t make any claims as to the combined SPF. Here is a look at the SPF levels of the individual ingredients:
Coconut oil – 4-6 SPF
Almond oil – 5 SPF
Shea butter – 4-6 SPF
Carrot seed oil – 28-40 SPF
Zinc oxide – 2-30 SPF
Lavender essential oil – 6 SPF
Myrrh essential oil – 15 SPF
1. Add coconut oil, beeswax, Shea butter, and cocoa butter to a small saucepan or microwave safe dish.
2. Melt the ingredients. If you are melting in a saucepan, stir regularly to mix ingredients and heat evenly. If you are melting in the microwave, heat in 20 second increments, stirring between each interval until fully melted.
3. Allow mixture to cool until just warm to the touch.4. Stir in almond oil, carrot seed oil, essential oils, and zinc oxide and whisk to combine well.
5. Transfer to a squeeze bottle using a funnel.
Note: Sunscreen should keep for at least a year.
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