Sunscreen is a must, not just during scorching summers, but during others days or seasons too. This is because, sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays, which are present even during cold winters! Here’s a simple DIY Sunscreen you can try, to protect your skin at all times.
Shea Butter – 28 Grams
Fresh Aloe Vera Gel – 28 Grams
Beeswax – 28 Grams
Powdered Zinc Oxide – 14 Grams
Vitamin E Oil – 1 Tsp.
Carrot Seed Oil – 30 Ml
In a double boiler, melt Shea Butter and Beeswax.
Don’t have a double boiler? Don’t panic! It isn’t any rocket Science! Just place a shallow pan with a flat base, preferably thick vessel on the stove and add about 1” water. When it begins to heat up, place another vessel in it and add the ingredients that we add to double boiler! Remember to reduce the flame once the water below begins to boil.
Once it melts, remove and set aside.
If you are using fresh Aloe Vera gel, right off the leaf, you can use a blender to beat it for getting a paste-like consistency, as against the slick and slippery gel that it is!
When slightly warm, add in Carrot Seed Oil, Vitamin E Oil and Aloe Gel.
In a mixing bowl (do not use it for eating, after you use it for this!) pour the mixture and add zinc oxide powder.
Stir it, to combine all the ingredients well.
Once done, pour it into a lip balm container, or get something similar to it and let it cool down.
Once it cools down, takes few hours, or probably leave it overnight.
Voila! Your DIY Sunscreen is ready!
Tweaking the Recipe
You can use Raspberry Seed Oil or Wheat Germ Oil instead of Carrot Seed Oil in this recipe, if you like them better, or if you find them affordable, or if it is easy to procure at your place. All these three oils have the same SPF.
If you have very dry, or dry skin, and not acne-prone, you can substitute Cocoa Butter for Shea Butter. I love the smell of Cocoa Butter, but use Shea Butter as it does not clog pores and trigger acne.
What’s with the Ingredients?
The basic idea is to prepare a simple sunscreen that works! This recipe does not cut a hole in your pocket and you will get a good amount of sunscreen to fill-up a few dispensers. You save money, while preparing something that’s natural and you will probably love it!
Shea Butter is a wonderful skin moisturizer, which gently nourishes and hydrates your skin. It does not clog your pores, or trigger acne, which is a plus and those with acne prone skin, can safely use it. It is SPF 6, so adds to the sunscreen benefits.
Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
This is truly a miracle plant, with loads of skin benefits. It keeps your skin soft, supple and moist and reduces wrinkles. It is a good anti-aging aid, reduces scars, rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients like zinc, copper, iron, magnesium, etc. It also protects your skin from sun-induced damage.
Rich in nutrients, beeswax makes your sunscreen waterproof. So you don’t have to worry about sweat washing off your sunscreen!
Powdered Zinc Oxide
Zinc Oxide is 15 – 20 SPF, which makes your sunscreen good enough like store-bought ones!
Vitamin E Oil
A rich skin emollient, Vitamin E gives that glow for your skin. It helps reduce scars and keeps your skin healthy.
Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot Seed Oil has a high SPF of 30, which makes it a great addition to this recipe. Besides, this is wonderful oil for your skin with numerous benefits. It reduces scars, lightens your skin tone, curbs acne and wrinkles, and what not! Though pricey, a little goes a long way with this oil. It is quite difficult to find this oil and many brands adulterate it, so ensure the brand you go for is reliable!
Use this sunscreen just like you would, when you buy one from a store. As always, do let us know about your tryst with this sunscreen. Don’t have time for DIY Recipes like this one? No worries, we at Revitol understand your requirements. That’s why all our products are all natural!