If you are looking to spend some time in the sun and want to avoid applying toxic sunscreens to your family, this homemade natural sunscreen is just the solution! Made out of all natural ingredients, it is an easy and effective way to protect yourself and your family from too much sun exposure. You also will benefit from avoiding harmful toxins that are found in most of the popular over the counter sunscreens.
I’m a bit of a rebel and I honestly would prefer to never use sunscreen! For shorter periods of time outside I do skip sunscreen because I know that myself and my children need sun exposure and the vitamin D. But for trips to the pool or the beach, I use this homemade natural sunscreen and I have found it to be effective when reapplied regularly.
Why make a Homemade Natural Sunscreen?
In this article the FDA states that spray on sunscreens can be hazardous to kids health. They express concern over inhalation of the fumes, but to me the thought of the ingredients in the spray being applied excessively and consistently to children’s bodies is quite concerning. Anything applied to the skin will penetrate into the body, and I don’t want to expose my children to toxic ingredients every time we go to enjoy time at the pool.
Read this intriguing Environmental Working Group (EWG) report on the eight little known facts about sunscreen
What is the SPF of this Homemade Natural Sunscreen?
This recipe is roughly around SPF 20 with the help of Helichrysum essential oil and zinc oxide. Zinc oxide can absorb ultraviolet radiation of sun and protect the skin from sunburn and other damaging effects of UV radiation. Because it absorbs the broadest spectrum of ultraviolet radiation, the FDA has approved its use in sunscreen, lotions, creams, makeup, deodorant, soaps, and more.
NOTE: This sunscreen does need to be reapplied consistently if you are out in the sun all day. If you engage in water activities please reapply immediately.
What you will need to make this sunscreen:
- Olive Oil
- Fractionated Coconut oil like this
- Zinc Oxide powder like this
- Shea butter like this
- Beeswax like this
- Vitamin E oil like this
- 12 drops high quality helichrysum essential oil – if you don’t have essential oils and are interested in learning what brand I use and how to buy them- send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d love to talk with you about essential oils!
TIP: My favorite way to have fun and split the costs of the ingredients for DIY recipes like this is to have a “Make & Take” party with friends! All you need is the ingredients and some containers to put the sunscreen in and it is fun to make the recipe with some other natural minded friends AND save some $ by splitting the costs of the ingredients. Also, most of the ingredients in this recipe (besides the zinc oxide) are used in making many other homemade recipes like lotions, body butters, salves, and even chapstick! So if you are wanting to begin making your own natural products they are a great investment!
What are some good non-toxic ready-made brands?
If you don’t have time to make DIY sunscreen, or want a back up sunscreen ready to access in your purse, diaper bag or beach bag, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a great resource to discover the good brands, and the hall of shame (really bad brands) that you want to avoid.
For some fantastic info on everything sun and sunscreen related, click here
For an extensive list of recommended sunscreens rated by the EWG click here
What If I’m already sunburned?
Are you reading this too late and suffering from too much sun? I have found lavender essential oil to be an amazing natural remedy to sooth the burn. I have applied diluted lavender oil to areas that were sunburned and the next morning I was rewarded with a great tan and no redness or pain. If you are curious about essential oils definitely check out my What are Essential Oils page.
Do you have a favorite DIY natural sunscreen recipe? Please share it below in the comments! Or if you have a favorite natural brand I’d love to hear your recommendation!