DIY Natural Sunscreen Lotion Recipe
You can make your own natural sunscreen using natural oils; some natural oils have great protection without the harsh chemicals that can be found in some store bought sunscreens.
Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are two other natural ingredients used in natural sunscreen.
What does Zinc Oxide Do?
Zinc Oxide is a great addition to natural sunscreen as it blocks both the UVA and UVB sun rays, when using sunscreen with Zinc Oxide you don’t have to wait the suggested 15 – 20 minutes as recommended with other sunscreens. The zinc oxide is a physical blocker and works to block harmful sun rays as soon as it is applied.
Zinc Oxide is safe for all skin types and rarely if ever causes any irritation to the skin, in fact zinc oxide has inflammatory properties that can benefit people with skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
Zinc Oxide is also an ingredient you will find in natural baby diaper rash recipes.
Natural Oils Sun Protection
Oils like Red Raspberry are great for sun protection; it blocks UVB rays very well, but is limited in protection against UVA. the UVA rays are what can cause premature aging and cancer so it’s important to add a UVA protectant to your Homemade Sunscreen lotion. Red Raspberry has an SPF of 28-50.
Other Oils that have natural protection are Carrot Seed Oil, Wheatgerm, Aloe Vera, Soybean, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Jojoba Oil. Read more on these oils and their SPF Values here Natural Sunscreen Oils
Everything you need for this recipe can be purchased on Amazon – or if you have a local soap supply store you will be able to purchase the ingredients there.
- 850 Grams Water
- 50 Grams of oils of your choice:
- 10 Grams Fragrance or Essential Oil (optional)
Directions: Use a Double Boiler when making this lotion
- Melt Cocoa Butter in Double Boiler
- Slowly stir in water
- Add Part 1 Oils, emulsifying Wax and Glycerin heat and stir until emulsifiers have melted and temperature has reached 160 degrees (70 Celsius)
- Remove from heat and use a stick blender to mix. Continue to mix every once in a while while cooling.
- Once cooled remove any foam that may have formed on top of lotion
- When cooled to below 120 degrees (50 Celsius) add Part 2 ingredients
- Mix in well and continue to mix every so often as mixture cools
- Add scent if wanted
- Once the mixture cools and starts to thicken pour into tubes and label
Theses tubes can be purchased at Amazon in 4 different sizes. I make some of both, the smaller ones are great for short vacations and small enough to take in your carryon bags.
Zinc Oxide is a great sunscreen, but can leave a white film on your skin. I use Zinc Oxide because although oils have a natural SPF only Red Raspberry Seed Oil protects from UVA and UVB but it’s limited in its protection of UVA. The SPF in natural oils can vary over time and when exposed to light so they can’t always be as reliable as Zinc Oxide.
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