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Looking for a natural, chemical-free alternative to store-bought sunscreen? Look no further than this DIY skin recipe sunscreen! This homemade option offers broad-spectrum protection using safe, nourishing ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. Plus, it’s easy to customize for your specific skin type.

Why Choose DIY Sunscreen?

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While commercial sunscreens are effective, some contain harsh chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate that can irritate sensitive skin and potentially harm coral reefs. This DIY alternative utilizes natural ingredients with inherent sun-protective properties, making it a gentler and more eco-friendly choice.

However, it’s important to remember that DIY sunscreen may not offer the same level of protection as commercial brands with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating. It’s crucial to manage sun exposure alongside using sunscreen, regardless of its type.

Understanding SPF

SPF refers to a sunscreen’s ability to shield your skin from UVB rays, the primary cause of sunburn. Here’s a breakdown of SPF effectiveness:

SPF 15: Blocks 93% of UVB rays

  • SPF 30: Blocks 97% of UVB rays
  • SPF 50: Blocks 98% of UVB rays

  • While SPF is important, broad-spectrum protection is equally crucial. This means the sunscreen shields your skin from both UVB and UVA rays. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and contribute to premature aging and wrinkles.

    Important Note: This DIY recipe offers some UVA protection but may not be as effective as commercial sunscreens with broad-spectrum labels.

    DIY Skin Recipe Sunscreen Ingredients:

    Non-Comedogenic Carrier Oil (4 Tbsp): Choose an oil that suits your skin type. Here are some options:

  • Dry Skin: Jojoba oil, Sweet almond oil, Avocado oil
  • Oily Skin: Grapeseed oil, Raspberry seed oil
  • Combination Skin: Apricot kernel oil, Hemp seed oil
  • Zinc Oxide (2 Tbsp): This mineral naturally blocks UVA and UVB rays. Look for non-nano zinc oxide, which is gentler on the skin.
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil (1 Tbsp): This oil boasts a natural SPF of 30+ and is rich in antioxidants.
  • Shea Butter (1 Tbsp): Shea butter offers light moisturizing properties and helps the sunscreen blend smoothly.

  • DIY Skin Recipe Sunscreen Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a clean, glass jar.
    2. Using a whisk or immersion blender, whip the mixture until smooth and creamy. This may take a few minutes.
    3. Transfer the sunscreen to a clean, airtight container. Label it with the date of creation and store it in a cool, dark place.


    A small amount goes a long way. Apply liberally and evenly to all exposed skin 15 minutes before sun exposure.

  • Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if swimming or sweating.
  • Patch test the sunscreen on a small area of your inner arm before applying it to your entire face and body.

  • DIY Skin Recipe Sunscreen Nutrition Facts (Not Applicable)

    Since this is a topical product and not meant for consumption, it doesn’t have nutritional information.


    This DIY skin recipe sunscreen is a fantastic option for those seeking a natural and gentle alternative. Remember, it may not offer the same level of protection as commercial sunscreens. Always prioritize sun-protective clothing, shade, and limit sun exposure during peak hours (10 am – 4 pm) for optimal sun safety.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. How long does this DIY sunscreen last?

    This sunscreen can last for up to 3 months when stored properly in a cool, dark place. However, due to the absence of preservatives, it’s advisable to make smaller batches more frequently.

    2. Can I add essential oils to this recipe?

    While some essential oils offer sun-protective properties, they can be irritating to the skin, especially on sun-exposed areas. It’s best to avoid adding them to this recipe.

    3. Is this DIY sunscreen waterproof?

    No, this recipe is not waterproof. You’ll need to reapply more frequently after swimming or sweating. Consider adding a water-resistant ingredient like beeswax for some added water resistance, but be aware it may alter the consistency of the sunscreen.

    4. Can I use this sunscreen on my face?

    Yes! Patch test it on a small area first to ensure no irritation. Remember, some mineral sunscreens can leave a white cast on the skin. You may need to experiment with different carrier oils or adding a small amount of arrowroot powder to achieve a lighter consistency.