Ingrid S. Greene
Communications Professional for the Wellness Industry

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Making Homemade Sunscreen

Over the last year, I have been making my own sunscreen because I feel it allows me to avoid chemicals used in manufactured creams and to better control what I am putting on my skin.  Initially, I was concerned about it not creating enough coverage and/or being inconsistent.  Now, after over twelve months of making 2-3 batches, I am confident in saying that it fits my needs perfectly, plus feeling good to the skin.

Many critics of homemade sunscreen say that large manufacturing plants spend many years of research and technology into creating a cream that is consistent throughout.  In my experience, my creams are consistent if I keep them at room temperature.  For example, the jar sitting in my medicine cabinet is great, but the travel size that I leave in my car and that heats up and cools down everyday now is most often separated between the different ingredients.  For this reason, I depend more on the version that I keep at home or in my purse, but that’s fine.  It works, and at the end of the day, I don’t feel like I have manufactured chemicals on my skin, but natural ingredients that contribute to softer, healthier faces.

Here is the recipe that I use that I adapted from WellnessMama:

  1. Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
  3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
  4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Be aware that it will not pump well in a lotion pump!
  5. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
  6. Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.

As a guideline, the following ingredients contribute the following amount of SPF:

  • Almond Oil- SPF around 5
  • Coconut Oil- SPF 4-6
  • Zinc Oxide SPF 2-20 depending on how much used
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 25-50
  • Carrot Seed Oil –  SPF 35-40
  • Shea Butter – SPF 4-6

As a note, I use defractioned coconut oil because it doesn’t smell like Hawaii and isn’t as having.  You are welcome to use cooking coconut oil, but the defractioned allows me to keep the sunscreen all day without feeling like it’s “caked” on as well as put it on under makeup.

I hope you enjoy!