A sunscreen is a must have product in your skin care kit; you should never leave your home without applying it all over the face and body. In fact; dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen even when indoors, on cloudy days and especially while traveling in a car. This is the only way to protect our skin from harmful photo damage caused by UV rays. Commercially available sunscreens are filled with 2 types of chemicals: chemical filters that act as absorbents and soak up the UV radiation and physical filters which act as barriers to protect the skin from further sun damage. Instead of using expensive and harsh chemical-based sun-blocks that are often known to cause skin rashes, why not make your own homemade sunscreens? Presenting 7 easy homemade sunscreen recipes that can effectively block out the sun’s harsh UV rays without any adverse reactions.
1. Natural homemade sunscreen with coconut oil
Here is an easy recipe for homemade sunscreen with coconut oil that acts as a natural barrier to protect the skin from harsh rays of the sun. You can store it at room temperature though it will last longer if stored in the refrigerator.
- ¾ cup coconut oil (you can also use Olive or Jojoba or Avocado oils)
- Beeswax-3 tbsp
- ¾ cup water (you can use rose water or brew some green tea or herbal tea)
- 5-7 drops of essential oil for fragrance (optional)
- 2 tbsp zinc oxide powder
- For tinted sunscreen, add a couple of tablespoons of Cocoa powder
- Grate the beeswax and melt it with the oil in a double broiler.
- In a food processor, add the water/rosewater or tea and let the melted wax-oil mixture cool for a bit before adding it to the processor.
- Emulsify the oil, water and wax mixture.
- Add the essential oil and then add the Zinc oxide powder.
- For tinted sunscreen, add ¼ tsp of cocoa powder at a time and continue blending. Keep adding the cocoa powder until you get desired color.
2. Homemade sunscreen without zinc oxide
If you are looking for natural sunscreen ingredients without the use of zinc oxide, you will love this recipe.
- 2 tbsp Shea butter
- 3 tbsp Cocoa oil
- 1 tbsp each Jojoba, Avocado and Grape seed oils
Mix all the oils together. In a double broiler, melt the mixture and continue blending. Cool before storing the blend in a suitable container.
3. Homemade sunscreen with Aloe Vera and SPF 30
Looking for a homemade sunscreen recipe with SPF 30? Here is one with Aloe Vera. The actual SPF value will be determined by the diaper rash cream you use. For example, if the cream has 40% zinc oxide, then the SPF value will be around 60. However, we dilute the final product with other ingredients and therefore the SPF will be approximately half, i.e. 30. This homemade sunscreen recipe also contains Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is nature’s gift to mankind and you can directly use the natural gel found in its leaves (both before and after sun exposure) to prevent skin damage.
- ¼ cup gentle, chemical-free diaper rash ointment/lotion/cream
- 1 tbsp each Coconut oil, Cocoa butter, Aloe Vera gel and Sesame oil
- Beeswax- 1 tsp
- 10 drops of essential oil of your choice (avoid citrusy oils as these can burn during the heating process)
- Place a small glass bowl over a pot of boiling water (or use a double broiler).
- Melt all ingredients (except essential oils) in the bowl.
- Let the mixture cool a bit, and then add the essential oil.
- Store in a cool dry place.
4. Homemade sunscreen moisturizer
This is a wonderful homemade sunscreen recipe with all-natural sunscreen ingredients.
- 2 tbsp each Coconut oil and Shea butter
- ½ tbsp Hemp oil and Buriti oil (This is an exotic oil obtained from wild palm trees Mauritia flexuosa from Brazil. You can replace it with Jojoba oil).
- 1 tsp Aloe Vera gel
- Essential oils- Carrot seed oil (10 drops), Tea tree and Rosemary essential oils (8 drops each)
- Few capsules of Vitamin E oil
- 5 drops of Comfrey tincture
- ¼ cup distilled water
- Stir together the coconut oil, Shea butter, hemp oil and Aloe Vera gel in a glass bowl.
- Add in the Buriti oil, essential oils and Vitamin E.
- Slowly add the Comfrey and distilled water. Mix together well to form a homogenous mixture.
Note: this sunscreen recipe has tea tree oil which could cause skin allergies. So do try a patch test first. Pregnant ladies must avoid using Tea tree oil.
5. Child-friendly homemade sunscreen recipe
The following child friendly sunscreen has Shea butter which is a natural, gentle skin protector. Coconut oil acts as a natural moisturizer and gives SPF of about 4-5. Raspberry seed oil is a natural skin soother and protector having high antioxidant properties. For the Zinc oxide, choose a nano sized powder which will help protect the skin by forming a protective barrier.
- 3 oz Shea butter (1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp)
- 2 and 1/2 oz coconut oil (1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp)
- 1 tbsp Raspberry seed oil
- 6 oz Zinc oxide powder
- Over low heat, melt the Coconut oil and Shea butter.
- Remove from heat, cool a bit and add the Raspberry oil.
- Carefully add the zinc oxide making sure you protect your eyes and nose with goggles and mask.
- Stir every 5-10 minutes to incorporate the zinc oxide with the oils.
- Store in a cool, dry place.
6. Super simple sunscreen recipe with essential oils and coconut oil
- 4 oz Coconut oil
- 12 drops Roman Chamomile oil
- 10 drops Lavender and Helichrysum essential oils
- 8 drops Myrrh essential oil
- Pour melted coconut oil in a glass/ceramic bowl.
- Add all the essential oils. Stir well to combine.
- Store the blend in a dark colored glass bottle.
- Use the blend prior to sun exposure. Repeat application every 2 hours.
7. Powerful sunblock
- ½ cup sweet Almond oil
- ¼ cup each Coconut oil and beeswax
- 1 tsp each Vitamin E oil, red raspberry oil and carrot seed oil
- 2 tbsp Shea butter
- 10 drops each Lavender essential oil and Helichyrsum essential oil
- 2 tbsp Zinc oxide powder
- In a glass jar, add the Almond oil and Coconut oils.
- Next, add beeswax, carrot seed, and vitamin E and red raspberry seed oils. Stir well to combine.
- Now add the Shea butter and whisk vigorously to combine.
- Add the essential oils and stir again.
- Now, take a large pot of water with hot water.
- Place the above glass jar containing the blend in the pot. Loosely secure the top of the glass jar. The heat will start to melt the lotion ingredients. Once fully melted, add the zinc oxide powder slowly and mix well.
- Remove the jar from the hot water. Let the blend cool completely. You can now transfer the contents of the glass jar to another, more appropriate container having a tight lid.
- Store in the refrigerator and use it liberally when stepping outdoors.
- Reapply every few hours and especially after a swim or activities that cause perspiration.
Use the above homemade sunscreen recipes within 5-6 months. Note that these recipes are not waterproof, so you must reapply the blends after swimming.