*This is a guest post sent to us by Vida*
When it comes to taking care of your skin (and overall health in general), slathering on some sunscreen should always be at the top of your to-do list.
After all, nothing is quite as damaging as those nasty UV rays- and a sunburn is just the tip of the aging iceberg. It goes deeper, and I’m not just pertaining to skin-deep issues, like dry patches and wrinkles. Think free radicals, immune system damage and cancer (yikes!).
That is why it is so imperative to make it a habit to apply your SPF before you step foot out the door, even on a cloudy day.
Remember, just because the sun is hiding away, it doesn’t mean that those nasty rays won’t come out and prey.
Instead of grabbing the first bottle you see off the shelf in your local grocery store, why not create your own concoction?
That way you can protect your skin, ditch any unwanted chemicals and have a couple of bucks to spare too by making your very own DIY sunscreen in a stick, right at home.
How To Make Your Own DIY Sunscreen
All you need are six ingredients:
- 1 ounce of oil (Raspberry Seed Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, or Wheat Germ Oil) – Note: Raspberry Seed Oil adds 30-50 SPF, Carrot Seed Oil adds 30 SPF, Wheat Germ Oil adds 20 SPF
- 1 ounce of Shea Butter – Note: Shea Butter adds about 6-10 SPF.
- 1 ounce of Beeswax – Note: Beeswax will make the sunscreen water proof, so you can go ahead and take a dip on a nice hot day worry free!
- 1 ounce of Aloe Vera Gel ( ideally freshly picked)
- 1 Vitamin E Capsule
- Half An ounce of Zinc Oxide Powder – Note: Zinc Oxide Powder adds about 15-20 SPF
Once you have rounded up all the ingredients you need for your DIY sunscreen, simply follow these steps:
- Heat both the oil as well as the beeswax in a double boiler on your stove.
- Do so until melted.
- Once melted turn off the stove. Let it cool.
- Next you want to cut open your Vitamin E capsule and mix in along with the Aloe Vera gel too.
- Move mixture into a bowl, one that you don’t use and will never use for eating.
- Add the zinc oxide powder until it is completely dissolved.
- Pour into a either a roll up or push up dispenser.
- Leave it over night.
- Ta-Da! Sunscreen in a stick the next morning!
- Slather on generously before walking out the door.
And there you have it! A quick and easy DIY sunscreen in a stick that will keep your skin protected against the summertime’s harsh UV rays.
Have you ever made your own DIY sunscreen before? If so, how did it go? Dish your thoughts in the comment section below!
Vida is a stay at home mom, who doesn’t even look like one, as she just loves to take care of herself, head to toe, with amazing homemade products concocted right in her own kitchen. Frugal yet very much effective. Blogger by night, she shares all of her great tips, tricks, recipes, and so much more at over at her site Be Youthful!