How to Make Sunscreen
April 24, 2013
By Sano Mag Staff
How to Make Sunscreen
While vitamin D absorption is incredibly important, if you are going to spend any prolonged period of time in the sun, you want to apply a good quality sunscreen.

And what better way to know that your sunscreen isn't full of parabens, anatase titanium oxide, or any other harmful chemicals, than making your own sunblock.

Making your own sunscreen is actually much simpler than you may have thought. However, if you don't have time, always be sure to buy sunscreen with natural ingredients, and carefully check the label on your sunscreen.

The general rule of thumb is the fewer ingredients the better! But here are a list of chemicals you want to avoid: Toxic Ingredients in Makeup, Cosmetics and Beauty Products Also make sure you replace your sunscreen every season as the active ingredients are known to dissipate.

5 Natural Homemade Sunscreen Recipes

1. Sesame Oil and Rosewater Sunscreen
  • 1 tablespoon zinc oxide
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon light sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater
Mix the zinc oxide and sesame oil and heat gently on a double boiler, stirring well. Remove the mixture from the heat and slowly add the rosewater, continually stirring. Cool completely. The sunscreen can be kept in the fridge for 10 days in an airtight container.

2. Shea Butter Sunscreen
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/8 cup beeswax
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons zinc oxide powder
Mix all ingredients apart from the zinc oxide powder and heat in a double boiler over a low simmer. When the oils are melted, remove the bowl and add the zinc oxide powder. Blend the ingredients until smooth, then pour into a glass jar.

3. Vitamin E Sunscreen
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter, mango butter, or cocoa butter, or a mix of these
  • 1 tablespoon zinc oxide powder
Melt the beeswax and butter in a double boiler over a low heat. Remove from the heat, cool slightly, then add the vitamin E oil and zinc oxide powder. Stir until the zinc oxide is dissolved. The mix will solidify so pour it into a roll-on dispenser or container. Allow the sunscreen to cool overnight.

4. Coconut Oil Sunscreen
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 4 tablespoons zinc oxide powder
Melt all the ingredients in double boiler. You can also add aloe vera. Allow to cool and it's ready to use.

5. Almond Oil Sunscreen
  • 1/2 cup almond oil (can substitute with olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons zinc oxide powder
Combine all ingredients except the zinc oxide then heat in a double boiler. Stir occasionally. Add the zinc oxide once the ingredients have completely melted. Stir a coupe of times as the mixture cools. Store the sunscreen in a glass jar or container. Will keep for about 6 months.

Notes:
  • Be careful not to inhale the zinc oxide powder. Always wear a mask when handling the zinc oxide powder.
  • Coconut oil has natural protection of SPF 4 and so is a great addition to sunscreens.
  • The beeswax will make the sunscreen waterproof but always remember to reapply every 2 hours or more when in the water.
"The general rule of thumb is the fewer ingredients the better!"