It’s summertime which means fun in the sun! I love being outdoors gardening, going for a walk and watching the kids play. Unfortunately, if we stay out too long the sun can become dangerous. It’s the perfect time to made a natural DIY sunscreen. It is so important to protect your skin from the harsh UV rays while also protecting your body from harsh chemicals. That is why I prefer to make my own all natural homemade sunscreen.
Natural Homemade Sunscreen by Mama Z
Are you ready to kick off your summer vacation and make your all natural homemade sunscreen?
Ingredients for Homemade Sunscreen
- 1 cup Carrier Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide
- 2 Tablespoons Shea Butter
- 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed Oil
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- 1 teaspoon of beeswax* (optional)
- 25 drops Essential Oils*
- Glass Jar
Instructions for Homemade Sunscreen
- Combine all ingredients except essential oils and zinc oxide in jar.
- 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.
- Place jar in pot and stir contents until ingredients are mixed.
- Add in zinc oxide, stir until mixed well, remove from heat and add in essential oils.
- *If you add a teaspoon of melted beeswax to this recipe, it will make the sunscreen waterproof.
- Store in a cool place.
These are great essential oils to include in your DIY sunscreen and they promote skin healing:
Be sure to NOT include any citrus essential oils in your homemade sunscreen. Citrus oils are photosensitizing (See our complete guide on photosensitivity and essential oils here) and can cause sunburn.
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.
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