Sunscreen, among other things, is always better when it’s home-made. Why? Because you know precisely what you are putting on your skin.
As your skin absorbs everything, you can never be too careful.
It’s scary when you look at the back of the bottle of sunscreen from the store and realize half the ingredients you can’t even pronounce, and the other half are rated 9 out of 10 as being toxic to our bodies. If this is true, then why are the companies allowed to use them? My guess is money.
So, how do we counter that? Well, I’m just a normal mom who thinks we should put non-toxic things on our bodies and our children, so that leaves us to DIY.
What do the experts say?
A doctor, (whose name I cannot disclose) said sunscreen over 15 SPF is more harmful to you than the sun because of the chemicals that are used. This is one reason I decided to make my own sunscreen and share that knowledge with you, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals, toxins, or burns either. Let’s protect our skin from sunburns without harming it.
How to Make Homemade Sunscreen
- Kitchen scale
- Glass bowl
- Glass jar
- 45 g. coconut oil
- 32.5 g carrier oil (almond oil/jojoba oil/apricot oil)
- 14.25 g beeswax
- 13.75 g shea butter
- 1/4 Tbls vitamin E
- 20 g. zinc oxide: non-nano, uncoated, not micronized
- Measure out all of your ingredients except the zinc oxide, on a gram scale zeroing it out each time and place in a glass bowl.
- Now place the bowl of ingredients over a pot of 1-inch simmering water creating a double boiler.
- Melt the ingredients completely while stirring with your whisk.
- Remove the bowl from the pot and wipe down the outside, removing any condensation.
- Place the glass bowl back on the scale and zero it out. With a mask on, add the zinc oxide until you have 20 grams.
- Whisk and then slowly pour the now homemade sunscreen into a glass jar, whisk again and pour some more. Repeat this process until all of the sunscreen is in the jar (or multiple ones depending on batch size). We want to make sure the zinc oxide is mixed in well.
- Allow sunscreen to cool and then put lid on jar. Store in a cool, dry place.
- Apply every hour as needed while out in the sun.
This homemade sunscreen is at least 20 SPF and will protect from UVA and UVB rays providing peace of mind so that you can enjoy your time in the sun. It honestly takes about fifteen minutes to make, which is less time than it takes you to run to the store. So get online, order your ingredients, and know you and your family are protected both from chemicals and the sun.
That’s it! Let me know how it turns out.
Here’s to you and creating a healthier living!
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