Homemade Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin
Rose Homemade Sunscreen
Have you had that moment in the summer where you go hang out by the pool, and you think to yourself, “I’ll be fine without sunscreen, it’s not that hot.” Then, you get out of the shower later that night and guess what, you have become more lobster than person. It may be time for some homemade sunscreen.
Don’t worry, it happens to all of us, basically every summer. How many summers will it take before we all learn that we just need sunscreen every day? Let this summer be the one where we commit ourselves to keeping our skin happy and safe.
Nothing says commitment to taking care of your skin like making your own sunscreen.
You can also download the PDF version of the homemade sunscreen recipe here.
Learn more about taking care of your skin, download our Natural Skin Care guide for sensitive skin here!
Here’s everything you need to know about making sunscreen for sensitive skin.
What: Spoilers! Sunscreen prevents the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from damaging and prematurely aging your skin.
How and When: Anyone over the age of six months should use sunscreen every day. Apply 1 oz. 30 minutes before sun exposure, and apply the same amount every 2 hours.
Why: Sunscreen prevents skin damage from ultraviolet rays. The sun’s UV rays are culprits of wrinkling, leathering, sagging, and other light-induced effects of aging on skin. They also exacerbate the carcinogenic effects of UVB rays, and have even been known to cause skin cancer! Sorry for sounding scary, but it’s true!
Types of sunscreen out there:
Mineral sunscreens include ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to create a physical barrier to protect the skin from the sun.
Chemical sunscreens go deeper into your skin using chemicals like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate to protect the skin from the sun.
A good rule of thumb with beauty products: if you can eat it (and not get sick), then you can put it on your skin.
Recent research from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Consumer Reports warn against using many types of conventional sunscreens, especially on children. The same study also discovered that chemicals commonly used in sunscreen are endocrine disruptors that may interfere with the thyroid and other hormone processes in the body.
Mineral sunscreen is a much safer option but more difficult to pinpoint the SPF levels. So, we’ve broken down a list of zinc oxide percentages and SPF levels.
Level of protection levels:
- SPF 2-5: Use 5% zinc oxide
- SPF 6-11: Use 10% zinc oxide
- SPF 12-19: Use 15% zinc oxide
- SPF 20+: Use 20% zinc oxide
Rose Homemade Sunscreen Recipe
- 90 grams coconut oil
- 65 grams jojoba oil
- 27.5 grams organic shea butter
- 28.5 grams beeswax pastilles
- 30 grams non-nano zinc oxide
- ½ tsp. vitamin e
- 50 drops rose oil
- Measuring spoons
- Double boiler
- Mixing bowl
- Glass storage bottles or containers
- Add oils, butter, and wax into a double boiler and warm over low heat until everything has melted.
- Remove from heat and add powders into the melted oils. Whisk well until smooth.
- Add in vitamin e and essential oils and stir.
- Let the mixture cool in your pan to thicken up.
- Move your mixture from the saucepan to a bowl and mix to incorporate the zinc powder that settled on the bottom.
- Pour into storage containers.
- Apply to freshly cleansed skin in an even layer.
Download our Natural Skin Care Guide for previous steps in the Sensitive Skin care routine.
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