Natural Sunscreen: A Recipe and What you Need to Know
Posted on May 22, 2017
We're loving the summer sun and warmth. Protecting your skin is an essential part in ensuring your ability to enjoy your time in the sun. If you find it tough to choose between sunscreens at the store, there are options for you. Making your own natural sunscreen is a lot easier than expected. Check out our all natural recipe for keeping your skin protected.
The sun protectant factor (SPF) of oils can vary when it is on your skin. Determining the exact SPF of an oil can be difficult, since natural oils tend to oxidize, losing some valuable properties over time, especially when exposed to light. Most plant oils protect only against UVB rays, so you’ll want to consider mixing in a non-nano titanium or zinc oxide to create a broad spectrum sunscreen. We recommend you always do research before considering different ingredients for sunscreens and test to ensure they work for your skin.
We offer a non-micronized zinc oxide. The particulates have been scaled down in order to NOT penetrate the skin, thus providing a reflective surface on your skin giving a white or chalky appearance.
1 cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
1 cup Shea Butter
1 cup Beeswax
Vitamin E Oil
Essential Oil (optional. Avoid citrus essential oils as they can be Phototoxic)
2 Tbsp (or more) of Zinc Oxide
1. Combine coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and a few drops of the vitamin E oil in a double boiler.
2. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and add the zinc oxide powder and just a few drops of essential oil. Gently stir until essential oils are incorporated.
3. Carefully pour into large round container. Allow to cool completely.
4. Store at room temperature or in the fridge or freezer for longer term storage. This product will melt in warm temperatures.