Homemade Sunscreen Quick Recipe
Preparation time: 10-15min.
- 60ml (2 ounce) coconut oil or shea butter
- 60ml (2 ounce) of any of these oils (red raspberry seed oil (SPF38-40), carrot seed(SPF38-40), hazelnut oil (low SPF), olive oil (low SPF) or wheat germ oil (SPF20) or combination. Make sure to include red raspberry seed oil for both UVB & UVA protection).
- 60ml (2 ounce) beeswax or alternative (for waterproof protection)
- (Optional) 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (don’t use citrus oils as they can case dark spots!). The lavender essential oil and calendula infused oil can help protect the skin from sunburn. Ylang-ylang oil has relaxing, tropical fragrance and patchouli is good for dry skin.
Combine all ingredients in a glass recipient. Fill a saucepan with some water and turn the heat to medium. Place the glass recipient in the saucepan with water. Mix until completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
It is hard to say, without doing lab tests, what level of SPF protection this homemade sunscreen offers, so be prudent always.
For a more predictable and performant sunscreen, especially for sensitive and fair skin, you would need to add 5-20% zinc oxide (non-nano, uncoated, high quality).