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Whether you prefer an aloe-based spray sunscreen, sun protection cream, or these homemade sunscreen bar – it’s important to keep your skin protected when outdoors. The best part of using a homemade sunscreen is you can guarantee what ingredients you are putting on your body.

A Note About DIY Suncreen

Before using any DIY sunscreen recipes for your and your family’s protection, you need to be aware of the limits of these home formulations. The kind of sunscreen you find on store shelves is made with specialized equipment that ensures the even distribution of the ingredients that protect you from the sun’s rays.

Unfortunately, they also many times contain toxic ingredients, which is why we want to offer an alternative. But these alternatives are not guaranteed to offer the same kind of protection or any specific SPF that would be expected of professionally formulated sun-protection products. These recipes are meant for your personal use only after your personal consideration of the risks and benefits they may pose.

Homemade Sunscreen Bar

After you put together this DIY Homemade Sunscreen Bar, you can rub it on before heading out the door. Take time for a short massage to make sure you are well protected from the UV’s before going out for a swim.

Please note that natural body care products, including these homemade sunscreen bars, don’t work like conventional products, and we should always limit full-body sun exposure. If you’re going to be outdoors for much of the day, be sure to wear a hat and have clothes on.

Lastly, keep in mind that certain citrus oils are photosensitizing and can cause your skin to burn or develop sunspots. For a list of photosensitizing oils, click here.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. This is a very thick base that does not melt very easily so I recommend using a quart size mason jar as the inside of your double broiler so that you don’t mess up any of your dishes or measuring cups at home.
  2. Use a medium pot filled with water.
  3. Bring the water to boiling then turn down to med/med-high, add everything but zinc oxide and essential oils.
  4. Get everything completely melted and as soon as it is take off the heat immediately.
  5. After 5-10 minutes before it starts to solidify, add the zinc oxide and essential oils.
  6. Pour immediately into a glass jar or empty deodorant containers.
  7. Our kids love when we apply it with the deodorant containers the best. They act like they are getting a massage.

Notes

No matter what allergies you may have, there’s a carrier oil that’s right for you. You can use any, or a combination of these: Avocado, Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sweet Almond.

*If you are allergic to beeswax, try Candelilla Wax or Bayberry Wax

** These are great essential oils to include in your DIY sunscreen and they promote skin healing:

  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Frankincense
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree

Lastly, keep in mind that certain citrus oils are photosensitizing and can cause you to burn or develop sunspots.

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Sunscreen Lotion Cream

Are you ready to kick off your summer vacation and make your all natural homemade sunscreen?

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except essential oils and zinc oxide in jar.
  2. Use a double-boiler to warm ingredients by filling a small pot with 2 inches of water on stove over low to medium/low heat.
  3. Place jar in pot and stir contents until ingredients are mixed.
  4. Add in zinc oxide, stir until mixed well, remove from heat and add in essential oils.
  5. *If you add a teaspoon of melted beeswax to this recipe, it will make the sunscreen waterproof.
  6. Store in a cool place.

Notes

No matter what allergies you may have, there’s a carrier oil that’s right for you. You can use any, or a combination of these: Avocado, Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sweet Almond.

*If you are allergic to beeswax, try Candelilla Wax or Bayberry Wax

** These are great essential oils to include in your DIY sunscreen and they promote skin healing:

  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Frankincense
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree

Lastly, keep in mind that certain citrus oils are photosensitizing and can cause you to burn or develop sunspots.

Homemade Sunscreen Spray

Don’t forget to store your Homemade Sunscreen Spray in your refrigerator at home and when headed to the beach, toss it in the cooler!

Note, be cautious of using this recipe if you have fair skin. You’ll need to use a more heavy-duty sunscreen bar that has zinc oxide in it.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients in glass spritzer bottle and shake before each use.
  2. Be sure to store in refrigerator or in your cooler if at the beach.

Notes

Be cautious of using this recipe if you have fair skin. You’ll need to use a more heavy-duty sunscreen bar that has zinc oxide in it.

No matter what allergies you may have, there’s a carrier oil that’s right for you. You can use any, or a combination of these: Avocado, Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sweet Almond.

These are great essential oils to include in your DIY sunscreen and they promote skin healing:

  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Frankincense
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree

Lastly, keep in mind that certain citrus oils are photosensitizing and can cause you to burn or develop sunspots.

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