Who doesn’t look forward to the warm days when the sun shines on your face and your skin is pleasantly warm? When the time comes and you are enjoying the first rays of sunshine full of joy, you shouldn’t forget one thing: because the rays are not entirely harmless!
At least if you don’t use protection for your skin. This is why you should definitely put on sunscreen. And if you fancy a DIY product because you have enough time anyway, here are instructions on how you can easily make your own sunscreen at home.
How Do I Make Sunscreen Myself at Home?
At the latest, when you bask in the sun at the lake or beach in summer, you should apply sufficient sunscreen to your skin both before and during the sunbathing several times . You should put just as much emphasis on the ingredients of your sunscreen as on an appropriate sun protection factor: Products from drugstores, perfumeries & Co. often contain ingredients that you certainly don’t want to smear on your skin every day. For example, nanoparticles – tiny particles that are suspected of causing major damage. So that you know exactly what your sun protection contains, you can easily make a mineral sun cream yourself from natural ingredients.
What’s The Recipe for Homemade Mineral Sunscreen?
- 30 g coconut oil with a natural SPF of 7
- 24 g shea butter with a natural SPF of 4
- 3 g jojoba oil nourishes and nourishes the skin
- 3 g of vitamin E oil nourishes, moisturizes and preserves the cream
- 30 drops of essential oil of your choice gives the cream its fragrance
- Zinc oxide (non nano) depending on the desired SPF
- Put coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil in a warm water bath.
- Gently heat the water until the coconut oil and shea butter have melted.
- Take the oils out of the water bath and let them cool down a bit.
- Put on a commercially available dust mask to avoid breathing in the zinc oxide powder.
- Measure the zinc oxide according to your wishes and add it together with the vitamin E oil and the essential oils to the oil mix from the water bath.
- Stir everything in well until everything is a homogeneous mass.
- Fill the sunscreen into a dark glass jar or opaque cream jar.
3. Use and storage
Apply the sunscreen several times a day. The more you refresh yourself in the water or the more you sweat while bathing in the sun, the more often you should renew the sun protection on your skin – just like with conventional sun creams. Store the self-made sunscreen in the refrigerator for a maximum of 6 months.
What About the Sun Protection Factor in Homemade Sunscreen?
Of course, your homemade sunscreen should also have a sun protection factor (SPF). There are many oils that promise natural sun protection. But usually their sun protection factor is very low. Often these fats protect against reddening UVB radiation, but not against UVA radiation, which damages the skin severely, ages it quickly and can cause skin cancer. The equally natural alternative: zinc oxide as a mineral UV blocker. Zinc oxide also contains nanoparticles, but not all nanoparticles are the same: When buying zinc oxide, therefore, pay attention to the designation “non nano” or that the nanoparticles contained are not smaller than 100 nm, but ideally 330 nm and larger. This means that the particles cannot penetrate the protective barrier of your skin and provide protection on the surface of the skin as intended.
Depending on the desired sun protection factor, you can dose the zinc oxide in your sun cream as follows:
- For SPF 2 to 5 = 5% zinc oxide
- For SPF 6 to 11 = 10% zinc oxide
- For SPF 12 – 19 = 15% zinc oxide
- For SPF 20 and higher = 20% zinc oxide