With the first day of summer just around the bend, weekends will be filled with outdoor patios, cottages, camping, beaches, sports, and all kinds of activities that boost vitamin D. Unfortunately, these activities also often end with a bit too much sun — causing you to go straight for aloe.
Although you need to be exposed to the sun on a daily basis in order to avoid a vitamin D deficiency, roasting in the sun on a regular basis can lead to both acute and chronic adverse effects — including the deterioration of skin, and in severe cases, an increased risk of skin cancer.
We know to grab sunscreen when we'll be outdoors for long periods of time — but it's also well understood that standard options are packed with questionable chemicals. Track down a few simple ingredients and problem solved, you have yourself an all-natural solution.
DIY sunscreen — here's what you'll need
We've come to recognize sunscreen as a runny liquid with an overpowering scent — which is why it's important to mention that this recipe steers away from that perceived image. It sure can be runny — especially when hot, but lacks that odd, highly synthetic scent. In order to whip up your own batch, you'll need:
- Zinc oxide — This unique sunscreen ingredient is composed of an oxidized mineral, offering natural UVA and UVB protection. Depending on where you source your zinc oxide, it typically provides 28 times your skin's natural level of protection.
- Coconut oil — This well-loved oil provides natural UV protection, offering an SPF between 5-8. It's also known to provide moisturizing and antibacterial properties.
- Shea butter — Once again, with an SPF between 6-10, Shea butter also soothes already damaged skin.
Optional — You can get by with the top three ingredients, but if you want to strengthen the SPF of your sunscreen, feel free to add a splash of carrot or raspberry seed oil. In order to make a slightly more firm sunscreen, add equal parts beeswax to coconut oil; and if you'd like a scented option, add essential oils based on your preference.
Recipe — homemade, all-natural sunscreen
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp Shea butter
- 2 tbsp zinc oxide
- Optional — ¼ cup beeswax
- Optional — 2 tsp carrot seed oil
- Optional — 3 drops lavender and 3 drops of rosemary essential oil
Directions: DIY Sunscreen
- In a mason jar, combine coconut oil and Shea butter, as well as optional beeswax and carrot seed oil — place a lid on the jar loosely.
- Boil a few inches of water, placing the jar into the pan.
- Once fully melted and combined, add zinc oxide — stir, then pour into storage containers. Stir once more to ensure all zinc oxide is incorporated
- If you do not use beeswax or if it's extremely hot, store in the fridge — use as needed.