Make Your Own Natural Sunscreen

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Getting ready to hit the summer beach? How about trying this natural homemade sunscreen?

Zinc oxide and raspberry seed oil are the main components of this natural sunscreen which lends its protection for the skin. Making use of natural oils, not only can we increase its strength against UVB rays, it can also nourish the skin. With the right amounts, we can make the perfect natural sunscreen.

Below are the SPF levels of the natural oils:

  • Avocado oil – SPF 4-15
  • Olive oil – SPF 2-8
  • Coconut oil – SPF 4-6
  • Almond oil – SPF 5
  • Jojoba oil – SPF 4

How to calculate your recommended SPF:
Select your skin type. The corresponding amount of time indicates how long you can stay safely in the sun before burning.
Fair skin – 10 minutes
Olive skin – 15 minutes
Dark skin – 20 minutes

Look at the SPF on your sunscreen
Note which SPF is stated on the product labeling, eg. SPF 20

Calculate your protection time, the amount of time you can stay outside before burning:
Multiply the sun safety time for your skin type with the SPF listed on your sunscreen.
eg. 15 minutes (for olive skin) x SPF 20 = 300 minutes (5 hours) of sun protection
Result: Olive skin using a sunscreen with SPF 20 can under ideal conditions stay in the sun for up to 5 hours.

This recipe is a concoction for SPF 30.

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1 tsp red raspberry seed oil (contains a high SPF level and coupled with vitamins A and E)
  • 2 tbsp zinc oxide (avoid using nano grade so that it will not be absorbed by your skin and hence safer to use. This component takes up 20% of the recipe and SPF 30 of the mixture. 2 tbsp is optimal as the more you add, the thicker the mixture becomes)

Directions:

Place a dry and clean mixing bowl in a pot of hot water. Make sure the hot water level doesn’t go over the bowl and no water goes into the bowl. Mix all the ingredients evenly in the bowl. Once they are evenly mixed, cover the bowl (with cling wrap or lid) and put it in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes until the mixture has reached a creamier consistency. Take the bowl out and stir again until you reach a nice creamy consistency. Pour the mixture into a cream tub with lid and tadahhh you’re done!

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