Summer is approaching, it has me thinking about sun protection.
Making homemade waterproof sunscreen isn’t hard, and it works great. It even passed the “all day at the beach” test, and I have the sandy sunscreen recipe to prove it.
Regular sunscreen you buy from the store has a few questionable ingredients you will want to avoid. As usual, buying all-natural organic brands can be expensive, so making your own is the best option.
You know what?
Chemicals are bad!
Toxic chemicals are everywhere even on your luxury sunscreen.
Frustrating, aren’t they?
You know you should switch to natural skin care products, but that sounds a little bit scary.
What about a homemade all-natural sunscreen recipe?
You can’t stand forking out a ton of money for something when you can make it for a fraction of the cost myself.
If you are looking for a light homemade waterproof sunscreen recipe for everyday use, I have the perfect one for you!
This homemade sunscreen recipe is easy to make, waterproof, and works great. It’s safe for babies and it’s perfect for all types of skin.
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Why DIY natural sunscreen for summer?
For me, one such personal belief is that most sunscreen is not helpful in avoiding skin cancer and may actually increase the chances of it! This is one of the reasons I’ve been making DIY natural sunscreen for years (even though I rarely use it).
Sunburn is dangerous!
Sunburn is harmful!
It should absolutely be avoided!
But luxury and expensive sunscreen isn’t the only way to avoid it.
We need a little sun on our bodies every day to keep the old Vitamin D levels up.
I personally like to get a little bit of sun every morning because it gives me energy and makes me feel great.
I absolutely do not like to roast out in the sun all day.
Why Homemade Sunscreen?
- Avoid Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals
Over the past few years, I’ve been reading a lot about sunscreens. Lately, I’ve discovered that in the years since sunscreen use began, skin cancer rates have actually risen.
In fact, many reports show that most sunscreens actually raise skin cancer risk.
In my opinion, the answer is simple: many sunscreens contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as oxybenzone.
Oxybenzone is a known hormone disruptor that is not recommended for use in children. It has been banned in many locations worldwide.
2. Protect the Coral Reefs
Recent research is showing compounds in many types of sunscreen harm ocean life, especially coral.
Researchers estimate that “over 5,000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off of swimmers each year. This “swimmer pollution” threatens a large part of the coral life in the ocean and indirectly many other ocean species as well. This is because these compounds may awaken dormant viruses in symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae, which provide food and color to the coral”.
Some sunscreen ingredients have even now been banned in some places due to their negative environmental effects on the coral reefs.
This homemade sunscreen recipe avoids all such ingredients.
Is DIY Sunscreen Safe?
Don’t get me wrong. It’s really difficult to make your own effective natural sunscreen – and how important it is for your sunscreen to work.
If you search online you will find a lot of articles that claim homemade sunscreens are harmful and you should never use them. NEVER! The main reason is that you can’t verify the SPF with homemade sunscreens, so the chance of burning is higher.
I agree with that!
Homemade sunscreens don’t have the lab testing that conventional sunscreen products do. BUT, you know what else they don’t have?
Endocrine disruptors and coral-killing compounds.
So while it may be true that we shouldn’t use homemade sunscreens in the same way we use conventional ones, I’d also argue that we shouldn’t use conventional sunscreens in the way we normally do either!
Always get safe sun exposure! We are all different, so the amount and safety will vary by person. If you are not sure what is safe for your skin, do your own research and talk to a knowledgeable naturopath or dermatologist to figure out what works best for you!
How to Make a Natural Sunscreen That Is Safe for Your Skin
You’ve been wondering how to make a natural sunscreen for some time. And you really want to make your skin to be healthier and glowing.
Making natural sunscreen alternatives is not difficult at all. And this one is the easiest homemade sunscreen recipe ever.
What you will love about this all-natural sunscreen recipe is that it’s simple. This homemade sunscreen recipe uses ingredients that are already shelf-stable.
As such, you can store yours for about six months. You won’t believe how easy this is to make!
This is a homemade sunscreen recipe with coconut oil (around SPF 4-6). I’m a HUGE fan of coconut oil. I love slathering it on after a hot bath or shower. I have really dry skin, especially in the summer, and my skin just loves to soak up the coconut oil.
But for this DIY natural sunscreen, you will use also:
shea butter – SPF 4-6
zinc oxide – SPF 2-2- (depends on how much you are using)
Red Raspberry seed – SPF 25-50
Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 35-40
Unlike most sunscreens, natural and homemade sunscreens may not be as waterproof or have as high (or broad spectrum) SPF. Homemade versions may not protect as fully against UVA and UVB rays. I am not recommending entirely avoiding sunscreen or getting too much sun that could lead to sunburn or sun damage.
You will love this homemade waterproof sunscreen recipe because it is:
- super easy to make (no fancy tools–just melt, stir and pour)
- smells great
- has flexible ingredients (so you can pretty much use what you have on hand)
Here’s the full list of ingredients and necessary equipment:
Homemade Waterproof Sunscreen Recipe
You will need:
- 1/4 cup Shea butter
- 1/4 cup Coconut oil
- 2 tbsp Raise Them Well Zinc Oxide
- 1 teaspoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
- 1 tsp Carrot Seed Oil
- Combine all the ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint-sized or larger glass jar.
- Fill a medium saucepan with a couple of inches of water and place on the stove over medium heat.
- Put a lid loosely on the jar and place it in the pan with the water.
- Shake or stir the jar occasionally to mix the ingredients as they melt.
- When all the ingredients are completely melted, stir in the zinc oxide, and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage.
- Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
- Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator to increase shelf life.
If you’re looking for homemade waterproof sunscreen, look no further.
Grab the ingredients and start making your DIY natural sunscreen. You’ll save money. You’ll be using only natural products. You’ll feel better. Your skin will be healthier and glowing.
If you’re looking for more DIY skincare ideas check out the rest of my homemade recipes.
Let me know how you experience it!
Take care, beautiful soul!