Do you want to protect your skin from sun damage without all the nasty chemicals and the high price? It’s budget-friendly and simple to make your own sunscreen. All you need zinc oxide and a few other non-toxic ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
When ordering supplies, search for “non-Nano zinc oxide powder.” This type doesn’t absorb into your skin and penetrate the bloodstream. Choose a cosmetic grade powder.
You’ll need a food processor or immersion blender that is never used for food to make this. (I keep my eyes open and pick them up at yard sales and thrift stores.)
You should always use a mask or cover your nose and mouth with a bandana when working with zinc oxide powder.
Here’s what you need.
The simple recipe I’ve used for years is this:
- 2 parts coconut oil
- 2 parts shea butter
- 1-part Zinc oxide powder
- 8-10 drops of tea tree oil
Here’s how to adjust the SPF levels.
To adjust the SPF levels, it’s all about percentages.
- 5% zinc oxide – SPF 2-5
- 10% zinc oxide – SPF 6-11
- 15% zinc oxide – SPF 12-19
- 20% zinc oxide – SPF >20
How to make it
Melt your coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler, then whip up the ingredients in a food processor. Pour it into jars and allow it to cool completely before closing the lid.
Super easy and way more frugal than buying the stuff at your local pharmacy.
Fun fact: Eating berries can actually increase your internal SPF! Just another reason to enjoy them this summer.