Summer is just around the corner, which means our skins are exposed to the sun while enjoying outdoor activities or even sitting at the beach with our favorite refreshers. I recommend being prepared with any one of these natural homemade DIY sunscreen recipes to protect your skin.
The number one thing I can’t live without is having homemade sunscreen lotion while I’m hiking, backpacking, or riding my bike along the beach. Use these natural homemade DIY sunscreen recipes to protect your skin when your outdoors too.
We spend millions of dollars on sunscreen protection products. But why are more than 1 million people around the world are diagnosed with the skin cancer each year?
From the news and our own online research, we all know many sunscreen products on the market carry chemicals that causes cancer. More reason to make your own natural homemade DIY sunscreen recipes to protect your skin.
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But what causes skin cancer?
According to Environmental Working Group, 56% of sunscreens contain the chemical Oxybenzone, which is linked to hormone disruption and cell damage that may lead to skin cancer. Why do we continue to slather ourselves with these chemical company cocktails?
How can we avoid chemicals and protect our skin?
By not using a harmful chemical ingredient lotion, and instead make your own sunscreen at home.
On Pinterest, you will find many more nontoxic homemade laundry detergents recipes compared to homemade sunscreen recipes. There are natural homemade DIY sunscreen recipes to protect your skin using a stick applicator, essential oils, SPF 50 or even waterproof versions.
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What does the SPF number on your sunscreen actually mean?
We use sunscreen to block ultraviolet light from damaging the skin. In terms of sunscreen, we are concerned about blocking both UVA and UVB light. UVB causes sunburn, while UVA causes premature skin aging and other long-term damaging effects.
Today, commercial sunscreens can exceed SPF 100+, but is that really necessary? It’s really important for you to roughly estimate how long you can stay in the sun before getting burnt.
Then use this basic equation:
Minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF number =
Maximum sun exposure time
Do you burn after only 10 minutes of sun exposure? As a result, if you apply a SPF of 15, perhaps you could be in the sun for up to 150 minutes without burning. But before you grab your calculator and head out to the beach, be forewarned.
Most people apply only half the amount of sunscreen that is used in a controlled laboratory environment. This means burning in half the amount of time.
When basking in the sun, be prepared to apply sunscreen at least every 2 hours. In addition, be sure to lather up again after swimming in water and also sweating.
During peak sun hours, between 12pm and 4pm, shelter underneath some shade or try my favorite Sun Protection Long Sleeve T-shirt that I use when hiking.
Natural Homemade DIY Sunscreen Recipes
Researchers say the basic ingredients for these recipes, such as coconut oil has a SPF 8 and almond oil has a SPF 5, naturally protect skin.
If you are an essential oil lover, there is no need to give up your oil! Good news is that lavender oil contains a SPF 6 and peppermint oil has a SPF 7.
With this knowledge in mind, I want to share with you my top 10 favorite natural homemade sunscreen recipes that actually work.
Homemade Sunscreen Spray
Recipe from Simple Life Mom
If you aren’t familiar with using carrot seed oil as sunscreen spray, you are not alone! Carrot seed oil has plenty of SPF ranging from 35-40, which makes this sunscreen spray easy to use. Not only protecting your skin from sun, it will also protect you from developing wrinkles. I highly recommend carrot seed oil natural homemade DIY sunscreen recipes to protect your skin.
3 reasons you should never touch commercial spray sunscreens
Commercial sunscreen spray is designed for convenience and also to avoid sticky hands when rubbing on your body.
- Inhalation Danger
- Harmful Chemical Ingredients
- Highly Flammable
Coconut Oil Sunscreen
Recipe from Coconut Mama
Who doesn’t love coconut oil? I use coconut oil for cooking, skin care, teeth pulling and much more. Coconut oil is also a perfect ingredient for sunscreen lotion because it contains not much SPF, about 4-5, but it will help to keep your skin hydrated the whole summer!
Many people doubt using coconut oil as a sunscreen, and trust me I did too!
Coconut oils also has powerful SPF protection that blocks 75% of the UV radiation away from your body.
DIY Homemade Roll-On Sunscreen Stick
Recipe from Nourishing Joy
This recipe is one of my all time favorite! Being a full-time traveler, hiker and backpacker, I can’t live without tinted sunscreen or BB cream. With the use of cocoa powder, you can give slight color base to your skin color. Using a roll-on stick makes travel easier and portable in your purse.
Instead of spending $6 on chemical sunscreen, with $6 you will get more than a year long sunscreen supply kit.
Facial Sunscreen-Acne Friendly!
Recipe from Pins & Procrastination
Many people who suffers with acne don’t realize the benefits of shea butter. Because it is rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it helps clears away any dead skin or scars from acne. With this recipe, you can protect and heal facial acne.
To get the best results for acne, it is often recommended that you leave the raw Shea butter on your skin for approximately 8 hours. Oh, and don’t forget to use unrefined Shea Butter. Good bye, to acne!
Homemade Waterproof Sunscreen With Zinc Oxide
Don’t you hate when you put sunscreen lotion and jump in the pool and realize that half of your lotion just washed away? No worries with this recipe. Beeswax helps make it extra water-resistant due to its waxy nature.
I’m sure lots of us gravitate toward water resistant sunscreens in the shop. Hard to break it to you, but there is no such thing as “waterproof” or “water-resistant” sunscreen. It’s best to make your own sunscreen with beeswax to keep your skin protected while you are swimming!
Homemade Sunscreen Without Zinc Oxide
Recipe from Mommy Footprint
Why we want to avoid using zinc oxide when making out own sunscreen is that according to research, zinc oxide is used as ointments and creams to treat skin irritations and considered safe for using only in small amount.
Isn’t zinc oxide another chemical?
Zinc oxide is a mineral and not a chemical. In addition, it doesn’t absorb into your skin. Many other recipes on this post use zinc oxide. But if you want to go all in with your essential oil collection. This is must try.
Instead of using zinc oxide, it’s best to use red raspberry seed oil as the main ingredient, which has natural 50 SPF and UV protection.
DIY Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe
Recipe from Garden Therapy
Don’t overlooked your lips when it comes to sun protection. Not only do they have a thinner top layer, but the bottom lip tends to catch sun rays easily. So it dries out and dulls the shine as a result.
Olive oil with calendula is a common herbal oil remedy for treating dry skin conditions. This gentle, soothing oil is also perfect to use within lip balms, which are easy to carry around.
DIY Aloe Vera Sunscreen
Recipe from Beauty Natural Secrets
Aloe vera really soothes sun burnt skin. In addition, Aloe vera makes a great sun screen. Aloe Vera naturally has a SPF 20 and it can protect the skin 15 times longer than a person without any sunscreen protection whatsoever.
Homemade Sunscreen Lotion Bars
Recipe from Homemade Mommy
With heart shaped molds, you can make your own customized shape sunscreen lotion bars. This way you won’t get stains on your clothes and don’t have to deal with sticky fingers when put it on. The best part is that you can also gift a bar to your loved ones on any special day!
Lotion bars are really great for healing dry and cracked skin. If you have dry skin during the summer time, I highly recommend to make sunscreen in bar form. It not only protects your skin from sun but also keeps it smooth and moist.
So, does homemade sunscreen really work?
Majority of ingredients for homemade sunscreen will be effective if you do your research and also take the time to mix them properly. As a result, here are the perfect natural homemade DIY sunscreen recipes to protect your skin.
Make sure you apply homemade sunscreen at least 20 minutes before heading outside and avoid the sun’s peak hour. Always reapply after you sweat or swim. Find the best natural homemade DIY sunscreen recipes to protect your skin.
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