How to Make Your Own Sunscreen

The problem with going out with the heat of the sun hitting the ground is that you expose yourself to risk of skin cancer. While the survival rate of those diagnosed with skin cancer is recorded at 98 percent, the pain of going through the stage of recovery can be quite depressing, painful and tiring. You do not want this to happen to you. The reason why health experts, particularly dermatologists, always tell you to wear sunscreen before going out of the house is to protect your body’s skin, its largest organ, from getting skin cancer. No matter how much you see other people expose themselves to the heat of the sun and never suffering a single symptom of skin cancer, there is a high possibility that it will happen to you.

Sunscreen products can be quite pricey, too. Such products are designed to protect the skin from the UV rays of the sun. What’s more, they need to be applied again after two hours, especially when you are drenched in sweat since the sunscreen lotion gets worn off by the sweat. This means you need to buy lots and lots of sunscreen lotion, which is very expensive on your part. The good thing about these sunscreen lotions is that you can make one your own at the comfort of your kitchen.

How to Make Your Own Sunscreen

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Natural Ingredients for Sunscreen

You can find a lot of essential oils, or even simple oils, butters and many other natural ingredients that offers sun protection the natural way. These ingredients may only offer very low levels of sun protection that which you actually really need, when they are added to your own sunscreen recipe, they help nourish your skin and even provide protection at the same time which makes it effective against the exposure to the sun.

Shea butter has always been claimed to provide natural protection of the skin. You can even find this particular ingredient in lip balms, which acts as a good moisturizer and at the same time a perfect ingredient for sunscreen.

Coconut oil is highly used in a number of remedies such as for getting rid of scars, making your skin and hair moisturized and so much more. The reason why this ingredient provides sun protection is because of its natural SPF content.

Sesame oil, sunflower oil or jojoba oil are absorbed easily by the skin, which are perfect in providing natural protection against the sun.

Other essential oils such as lavender oil, has natural repairing and soothing effects on the skin while the eucalyptus oil has low yet natural SPF. Avoid using the citrus essential oils as this will only give more sensitivity to your skin and will only make it more irritated when exposed to sunlight.

You should also consider getting vitamin E oil, as this will moisturize and nourish the skin and will also aid in preserving your natural homemade sunscreen recipe.

Last is the zinc oxide, which is an ingredient that provides a very effective spectrum sunblock. The particles of this particular component sits on the outer layer of the skin, absorbing and scattering the UVB and UVA rays, thus protecting the layer of skin right beneath it. Make sure that you use the non nano zinc oxide in order to produce that kind of naturally made sunscreen protection. A single container you purchase of this component will last you for a couple of years.

Deciding on the SPF in your Sunscreen

If you know the SPF levels you require in your sunscreen, you will know how many percent of zinc oxide you are going to mix into the recipe. This requires a little math, but it is not that complicated. The best way to measure the zinc oxide is by using your kitchen scale. You measure it like this way: if you want to create two ounces lotion and have an SPF 10 for sunscreen, based on the values that will be provided below, you will need to add up .2 ounces zinc oxide.

If you want and SPF more than 20, use 20 percent of zinc oxide

For SPF between 12 to 19, use 15 percent zinc oxide

For SPF between 6 to 11, use 10 percent zinc oxide

For SPF between 2 to 5, use 5 percent zinc oxide

Natural Sunscreen Recipe

1 ounce high quality coconut oil

.8 ounce shea butter

.1 ounce vitamin E oil

.1 ounce sunflower, sesame or jojoba oil

(optional) 30 drops essential oils. It can be a combination of any of these – eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender, but make sure that it totals 30 drops.

Zinc oxide powder – base it on the measurement required above

Mix in a makeshift double boiler the coconut oil, sunflower/sesame/jojoba oil and shea butter. Heat the ingredients gently until the shea butter gets melted. Remove the mixture from the double boiler and set aside to cool. Make sure that you cover your mouth and nose with a face mask to avoid inhaling the zinc oxide as you measure it. Add the optional essential oil, vitamin E oil and zinc oxide into the mixture and stir well. Store the mixture inside a dark jar and place it inside the refrigerator.

Apply this mixture the same way that you apply the commercial sunscreen products – directly on exposed skin. You will need to apply it more often when you keep sweating or when you are swimming.

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