Yeah, it’s December and yes, the sun is a little hard to come by lately for us northern dwellers but that doesn’t mean you don’t need sunscreen! And for you southern dwellers, well, let’s just say I’m jealous of your lack of cold weather and gloomy skies!
However, both of us share something in common – no matter where in the world you are, you need to protect your skin from those pesky UV rays.
Sure, you could always head to your local store and pick up an overpriced bottle of sunscreen full of harmful chemicals ready to seep into your pores and eff sh*t up OR you could follow along and learn how to make your own sunscreen that is better for you and costs heaps less.
I choose the latter.
But before we get into that, I have to be honest. Before I really started getting involved with skincare and taking an active interest in my skin and what goes onto it, I really didn’t focus on protecting my skin during the winter months.
Don’t get me wrong, I knew it was bad for me but I was a negligent 20-something who thought she was invincible. Now I’m in my 30’s and am shaking my fist as 20-something Vanessa whose lack of concern has resulted in earlier-than-I-would-like wrinkles and lines.
I don’t know, maybe the fact that I’m currently in Costa Rica, 3 sleeps away from my wedding, trying to take extra-good care of my skin so it looks its best for the big day is what is inspiring this post. I mean, I am at the equator where I’ve noticed my skin gets a little crispy if I leave it unprotected for as little as 10 minutes!
But it shouldn’t just be hot, sunny days that remind us to lather up – or slip, slop, slap as my Aussie fiance likes to say – and help to guard our skin from those damaging rays. It should be part of our daily skincare routine.
So with alllllll of that being said, my goal today is to teach you how to make your own sunscreen and help you to make it a part of your daily routine, in case it isn’t already.
Let’s get into it…
How To Make Your Own Sunscreen
I am relatively new to making my own sunscreen, but was hooked from the moment I tried it. In fact, I even pre-made a batch to bring down to Costa Rica with us and we’ve been using it multiple times a day!
Not only is it relatively easy, but like I said it is far better for your skin and ultimately costs way less money than spending $10 minimum each time you need more sunscreen.
The ingredients list is simple and you should be able to find everything you need at your local health food store, or through Amazon if you don’t live close to a health food store.
All you need is:
- 1/8 cup of Beeswax granules
- 1/4 cup of organic Coconut Oil – I like this Barlean’s
- 1/4 cup of Shea Butter – I like Now Foods
- 2 tablespoons of Zinc Oxide powder – I have used this one before
- double boiler or a pot and a glass bowl that will sit on top of the pot with a little bit of boiling water in the bottom
- blender or hand mixer
- large mason jar
Once you have all your ingredients ready to go, simply:
- combine both the Coconut Oil and Shea Butter in your double boiler
- stir in the Beeswax
- turn your boiling water down to a low simmer
- once the Oil, Butter, and Beeswax are melted remove the top boiler (or the glass bowl) – be careful, it’s hot!
- stir in the Zinc Oxide
- blend your mixture on high until it is smooth and there are no clumps
- after blending until smooth, pour into your glass jar and let cool
The mixture might look a little runny but once it cools it will thicken. From there, just scoop out a little each time you plan on going outside, or every 2 hours if you plan on spending the day outside.
Not only does it spread evenly onto your skin but it will help to protect your skin against the damaging UV rays while not infusing your skin full of harmful chemicals.
It’s an easy way to cut out useless synthetic chemicals and take another step towards healthy, natural living.
Now I know this isn’t the only DIY sunscreen recipe floating around so please, if you have a recipe or a tip on how to make your own sunscreen share it in the comment section below for all of us to try!
Img src: 1