One of the great things about working outdoors is the opportunity to get lots of sun exposure for Vitamin D production (which can only happen on bare skin).
I'm careful to limit my sun exposure to avoid burns, gradually building up my ability to handle it, and covering up with long sleeves, etc if I'm outdoors for long periods of time. In this way, I've avoided the use of sunscreen for years - because I vowed to never use it again after reading ingredient lists on bottles of sunscreen.
However, sometimes visitors are here, and request sunscreen, and I have none to offer... and they'd rather that over a baggy, unfashionable, old cotton shirt :) So, I looked around for some natural options, and found a great recipe that has worked very well.
A few benefits of this sunscreen:
- easy to make
- healthy ingredients that are good for your skin... which will love these fats and oils
- makes a great gift
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp cocoa butter
2 Tbsp shea butter
1/2 cup avocado oil
1/4 cup beeswax
2 Tbsp non-nanoparticle zinc oxide
a few drops essential oils (optional)
a few drops of a natural preservative (optional)
- Prepare several containers to hold the finished sunscreen. Glass jars are best, especially if they are dark glass that will prevent light from affecting the lotion.
- Be sure the jars are very clean and very dry, to prevent contamination of the lotion. Also use very clean utensils and avoid touching the ingredients or finished product with your fingers.
- Melt the beeswax and solid butters slowly over very low heat. Don't be afraid of taking time for this while you do something else; you don't want them to overheat. Stir occasionally.
- Stir in the avocado oil.
- Let the mixture cool for a few minutes, then add the non-nanoparticle zinc oxide. Stir thoroughly.
- Pour the mixture into your jars, and let them cool.
- Label the jars with recipe name, ingredient list and date.
That's it! Easy!
Now you have your own homemade sunscreen, which should last a long time. Apply a thin layer as needed, on days when you have a lot of sun exposure.