Natural Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

in the book zero onePeter Thiel asks Readers should consider what ideas/truths they believe that very few people agree with. For me, it’s like most sunscreens don’t help. avoid skin cancer And the chances of this may actually increase! This is one reason I’ve been making sunscreen at home for years (even though I rarely use it).

Feeling crazy?

sunburn is harmful… We all agree this is and should be avoided absolutely. But sunscreen isn’t the only way to avoid it.

This certainly isn’t a popular opinion, and I’m certainly not encouraging you to avoid applying sunscreen or ignore your doctor’s advice. However, I’m encouraging you to do your own research, look at actual studies, and use common sense when it comes to sun exposure.

Why make sunscreen at home?

I explain completely Here’s my stance on sunscreenBut that’s why I decided years ago to try making my own.

Avoid hormone-disrupting chemicals

Since sunscreen use began, skin cancer rates have increased. Several reports show that most commercial sunscreens actually increase the risk of skin cancer. This may be partly due to the fact that many sunscreens contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals like oxybenzone. Oxybenzone is a known hormone disruptor that is not recommended for use on children. It has been banned in many places around the world.

A 2020 study looked at several different active ingredients in sunscreen products. Although they provide SPF protection, chemicals like avobenzone are still absorbed into the bloodstream after a single use.

My DIY sunscreen recipe relies on a physical mineral barrier that lives on the surface of the skin. It does not penetrate the skin like most synthetic chemical sunscreens.

There are many more mineral sunscreens with safer ingredients on the market now than there were when I first started making homemade sunscreens. I’ve listed some of my favorite EWG-rated sunscreens below. That being said, you still need to read the label. Even more “natural” sunscreens may still contain problematic ingredients.

protect coral reefs

Recent research shows that ingredients in many sunscreens harm marine life, especially coral. Researchers estimate that more than 5,000 metric tons of sunblock is washed away by swimmers each year. This “swimmer pollution” also threatens a large part of the coral life in the ocean and many other marine species. This is because these compounds can awaken dormant viruses in symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae, which provide food and color to the coral.

Some sunscreen ingredients are also banned in some places due to their negative environmental effects on coral reefs. This natural sunscreen recipe avoids all such ingredients.

vitamin d factor

Additionally, our bodies need some exposure to the sun to make vitamin D, which is an essential building block. function of hormones, Combine vitamin D deficiency with hormone-disrupting sunscreen ingredients like oxybenzone and is it any wonder some of us are concerned?

I do not agree with the idea that even moderate sunlight exposure is harmful when our bodies need vitamin D and light exposure for many aspects of health. Getting some sun rays every day is an important part of my daily routine. Me too take astaxanthin daily To help protect my skin from the inside out (Read here why,

Given these reasons, it makes sense to ask whether sunscreen is the best or only way to avoid sunburn.

Is homemade sunscreen dangerous?

Several recent articles claim that homemade sunscreens are harmful and that you should never make your own. This is because the FDA strictly regulates and verifies the SPF protection of commercial sunscreens. Since you can’t verify the SPF of homemade sunscreen, the chances of getting burned are high.

I definitely agree that homemade sunscreens don’t go through the same lab testing as traditional sunscreens. But do you know what else they don’t have? Endocrine disruptor and coral-killing compound. Also, sunscreen should be a last resort since shade in the heat of the day and avoiding the sun’s UV rays are better options anyway.

So while maybe we shouldn’t use homemade sunscreens the way we do, I would also argue that we shouldn’t use traditional sunscreens the way we do!

Ground level: Use common sense and go out in the sun safely. Dosage and safety will vary by individual. I suggest you do your own research and talk to a knowledgeable naturopath or dermatologist to find what works best for you.

A Common Sense Approach to the Sun

In most cases, my approach is to get adequate but moderate daily sunlight, without coming close to burning. Since most of us don’t work outside these days, it takes an effort to get daily sunlight rather than avoid it. I certainly wouldn’t apply coral-destroying sunscreen if I encountered a few stray rays of sunlight, and in fact, I welcome it!

thanks for doing Nutrition Genome Testing, I know I have a mutation that makes it very difficult to get enough vitamin D. This puts me at risk for many serious diseases, and supplements don’t work very well to raise my levels. For this reason, my doctor advised me to get enough vitamin D from natural sunlight.

Of course, there is a limit to how much sunlight a person needs or should receive. When I reach this limit I do this:

use shade or cover up

If I have to stay in the sun for longer than my skin is used to, it’s easy enough to wear a hat or shirt to protect my skin. This is the approach that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends. It is more effective in blocking excess sunlight, costs less and does not harm the environment. A common sense win/win scenario.

Use natural sunscreen when needed

If I’m going to be in hot sun and can’t easily cover myself, I’ll occasionally use a natural sunscreen. I haven’t used it yet this year and hope not to at all, but I’m sharing my recipe (and a healthier alternative to store-bought sunscreen).

Important Notes: Unlike most sunscreens, natural and homemade sunscreens may not be as waterproof or have a high (or broad spectrum) SPF. Household versions may not fully protect against UVA and UVB rays. I’m not recommending avoiding sunscreen altogether or being in the sun too much, which could lead to sunburn or sun damage.

support the skin from the inside out

Sun exposure isn’t the only factor linked to skin cancer. Many nutritional factors, such as optimal vitamin D levels or even reducing harmful omega-6 vegetable oils, can have a big impact on skin health. Getting enough antioxidants from colorful fruits and vegetables in our diet also plays a big role. see this post How I optimize my diet and supplements for healthy skin and improved sun tolerance.

natural sunscreen spf

This homemade sunscreen uses a mixture of beeswax, butter, and oil to create a moisturizing base. However the main ingredient for natural SPF (sun protection factor) is zinc oxide. It acts as a barrier on the skin to prevent harmful UV rays. Non-nano and uncoated zinc oxide is the healthiest option for skin care.

My Homemade Sunscreen Uses Even More Skin-Nourishing and Moisturizing Antioxidant Ingredients skin protection, These include red raspberry seed oil, carrot seed oil and vitamin E.

The final version will have varying sun protective capabilities depending on the amount of each ingredient used. This recipe uses about 10% zinc oxide which is about an SPF of 6-11. If you want an SPF of around 20, double the zinc oxide. Keep in mind that it has not been tested by any regulatory organization for exact SPF.

For a simple version, even just coconut oil And shea butter with a little zinc oxide or a little raspberry seed and carrot seed oil will work for moderate exposures.

As always, check with your doctor or dermatologist before using any new products.

Comment: This is a better recipe because a lot of people were having trouble getting the temperature right to emulsify the lotion (per comments below). This recipe shouldn’t have any of these problems!

alternative essential oils

You can add some skin-safe essential oils here for added benefits and fragrance. Make sure you avoid any phototoxic oils, as using these before going out in the sun can cause severe skin irritation. Common phototoxic oils include:

  • bergamot
  • Bitter orange (wild or sweet orange is fine)
  • Cold-pressed lemon (steam-distilled is fine)
  • Cold-pressed lime oil (steam-distilled is fine)
  • Grapes (experts are mixed on this one)

don’t do this Use the essential oils above for sunscreen! Some better choices include lavender, frankincense, sweet orange, or sandalwood.

Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

Make your own sunscreen at home with natural ingredients and avoid chemicals from commercial brands. Be sure to check out the notes at the end of the recipe for tips.

prep time5 minutes

active time10 minutes

cooling time1 Hour

total time1 Hour 15 minutes

Yield: 10 ounce

Author: katie wells

  • Combine all ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint-sized or larger glass jar. You can also use a double boiler instead of a jar.

  • Fill a medium saucepan with a few inches of water and place on the stove over medium heat.

  • Place the lid loosely on the jar and place it in a pan with water.

  • Stir occasionally to combine the ingredients as they melt.

  • When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide. This will require some stirring to incorporate.

  • Pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage.

  • Stir it a few times as it cools to make sure it contains the zinc oxide.

  • Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator to extend shelf life.

  • This sunscreen is not waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming.
  • Be sure not to inhale zinc oxide. Use a mask if necessary!
  • Add more wax to make a thicker sunscreen, less to make a smoother sunscreen.
  • Store in a cool, dry place or refrigerator. I like to store it in a small canning jar and apply it as a body butter. It will be thick, especially if you use coconut oil in the recipe.
  • Remove the zinc oxide and this would make an excellent lotion recipe!

An even faster way to make sunscreen

This easy recipe requires only two ingredients. Although there is no exact SPF guarantee, it should provide an SPF of around 20.

  • 1/2 cup of your favorite lotion (that doesn’t contain phototoxic oils!)
  • 2 tbsp non-nano zinc oxide
  • mix well

you can also make sunscreen bar With many of the same ingredients!

Store-Bought Natural Sunscreens

Not interested in DIY? Over the past few years I have had many questions about pre-made sunscreen options for people who don’t have the time or desire to make their own. I list my favorite store-bought brands in this post,

Does your family use sunscreen regularly? Do you try to get out in the sun regularly? Leave a comment and let us know!

This article has been medically reviewed Dr. Scott Sories, MDFamily Physician and Medical Director steadymd, As always, this is not individual medical advice and we recommend that you talk to your doctor.