With summer right around the corner I know you’re as excited as I am about spending time outdoors, and at the beach! Just make sure to pack your sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays while you’re out playing in the sun. Not only can sunscreen slow or temporarily prevent the development of wrinkles and sagging skin. Everyday application of sunscreen can even help prevent 2 types of skin cancer (melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma)!
We have all heard claims from different companies saying that their brand of sunscreen is the best. The fact is any sort of skin protection is essential when out in the sun for any length of time. But if you’re interested in something all natural, and that you can make yourself at home give this recipe a try!
This Natural Homemade Sunscreen is effective and incredibly easy to make, you can even modify it to get the exact UV protection you need! I’ve included a few additional notes at the end of the recipe to help you get the exact protection your skin needs, and it’ll provide you with some helpful hints to keep in mind when using your Natural Homemade Sunscreen!
Natural Homemade Sunscreen
- 1/2 cup olive oil, extra virgin, cold-pressed
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, cold-pressed (natural SPF 4)
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder).
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- 2-3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- Combine olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E oil, and lavender essential oil in a pint sized or larger glass jar or bowl.
- Fill a medium saucepan with a few inches of water. Place over medium heat.
- Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
- As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate.
- When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well.
- Pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage (Glass jar preferred).
- Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
- Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.
Reapply after sweating or swimming.
This recipe has an SPF of about 20, though adding more Zinc Oxide will increase the SPF.
Add more beeswax to make thicker, less to make smoother sunscreen.
Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge.
Remove the Zinc Oxide and this makes an excellent lotion recipe!
It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
I hope you guys enjoy this Natural Homemade Sunscreen recipe as much as I do! Enjoy the summer months! Have fun with your friends and family, and I’ll see you at the beach!