Sunscreens aren’t too expensive, especially with the consequence of getting skin diseases with its absence, you know that. But then again, you will always want to have the best ones according to your skin type. Why don’t you try to have the DIY one?
Reasons to shift
There are several reasons as to why you should make homemade sunscreen instead. Safety is number one, and if this will be specified, the points will go beyond personal wellness but also the health of the environment.
You want to sunscreen that’s never hormone-disrupting, and there are manufactured ones in the market right now that have chemicals which can harm other parts of the body. It may protect from the UV rays, but harmful for the rest of your body parts. And then, you will also need to consider how some of these products are boons for the environment. The Vitamin D factor is another and you’d want a sunscreen that has the right formulation.
How to make homemade sunscreen
One of the main advantages of having the homemade version is that you’ll be able to personally handpick the ingredients that you want. Are they healthy for you? Are a few of the ingredients disadvantageous? You can cross them out from the recipe – which you’ll learn today.
Here are the ingredients:
- ½ cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first, if desired)
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- ¼ cup beeswax
- 2 tbsp. zinc oxide
- 1 tsp red raspberry seed oil (or less, optional)
- 1 tsp carrot seed oil (or less, optional)
- 2 tbsp shea butter (optional)
Other optional ingredients are a vanilla extract, essential oils, and other natural extracts like citrus.
Here are the directions:
- Except for the zinc oxide, combine the ingredients in a larger glass jar or pint-sized container.
- Fill a medium-sized saucepan with a few inches of water, and place on the stove over moderate heat.
- Place a lid loosely on your jar, and place it in your pan with the water.
- Start shaking or stirring the jar occasionally to blend in the ingredients as they melt.
- If the ingredients are now melted, stir in the zinc oxide, and pour into your jar or tin that you can use for storage purposes.
- Get it cooled down a few times to make sure that you have the zinc oxide in place.
- Store at room temperature or in your fridge to maintain shelf life.
Summer is still around the corner, and if you need to, you can also combine your sunscreen with other naturally-made ones in the market. Read the labels and spot the ones that have ingredients including almond oil, coconut oil, zinc oxide, red raspberry oil, shea butter, and carrot seed oil. These ingredients have properties that function the same way your sunscreens protect the skin from the harmful rays from the sun.
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