Be Safer in the Sun with DIY Sunscreen

You want to enjoy the sun all summer, of course, and be safe from potentially cancer-causing sunburns. So you need a good sunscreen. But a lot of people are not too knowledgeable about the chemicals that come along with most commercial sunscreens. 

Sunscreens work because of two types of ingredients, chemical filters and mineral filters. Chemical filters act by absorbing the sun’s rays, and most sunscreens contain three to six of them. The most common chemical filter, used in 80% of sunscreens, is oxybenzone. Oxybenzone can be absorbed into the skin, and can cause allergic reactions and disrupt hormones. Research has found it may also lead to endometriosis, lower birth weight in baby girls, and even cancer.

Mineral filters act by blocking the sun’s rays, and include titanium oxide and zinc oxide. They’re not absorbed nearly as much as chemical filters; zinc oxide is known for producing white noses. Mineral filters don’t present the potential health problems that chemical filters do. Mineral filters also don’t produce free radicals that can age your skin, like chemical filters do.

However there is a solution! The experts from Skana spa of the New York resort Turning Stone have sent us a recipe for a chemical free sunscreen that you can make yourself with ingredients you probably have lying around the house.

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What You Need

1/4 cup Diaper Rash Cream – make sure it has zinc oxide
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon Cocoa Butter
1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
1 teaspoon Sesame Oil – massage oil, not cooking oil
1 teaspoon Beeswax

Put all the ingredients in a glass bowl and set it on top of a pan of boiling water until everything melts together. Let the mixture cool and store in the fridge.

The zinc oxide in the diaper rash cream provides the mineral filter. The coconut oil and sesame oil are also sunscreens. Cocoa butter and aloe vera gel make the mixture creamy and give it a nice scent. The beeswax is a thickener, and also provides some water-proofing, since wax and water don’t mix.

So there’s no need to stay indoors when the sun is inviting you out, if you have a safer sunscreen. Now you can enjoy the summer, and you and the sun can be friends.

About the Author – 
Michelle Pino, is a Spa Manager at Skana, a spa in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. She enjoys DIY projects, healthy recipes, exercise, and all things related to skin care. Her hobbies include crafting, reading and learning about healthy lifestyles.

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  11 comments for “Be Safer in the Sun with DIY Sunscreen

  1. July 31, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    This is such an awesome idea! I love it. Thank you for sharing

    • August 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      You’re welcome Dora! So happy to see you here after such a long time. 🙂

  2. July 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I didn’t know it was possible to make your own sunscreen and it’s great that the ingredients are all natural too. Sun protection is so important all year round but especially so during the simmer months. Thanks for this fantastic DIY!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • August 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      I liked that she used diaper cream as a base for the recipe and not just zinc oxide powder which can be pretty messy to work with. Thanks to Michelle for the recipe. 🙂

  3. August 1, 2013 at 12:51 am

    WOW! I didn’t know you could make your own sunscreen. But hey, WHY NOT? If something is sold, it can definitely be made. That’s my philosophy! Thanks for sharing this.

    • August 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Agree… It’s not hard to make skincare products at all. It’s harder to figure out a way to extend their shelf life in a safe and non-toxic way. 🙂

  4. August 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Amazing, I have had no idea about this DIY its very interesting. I should appreciate you for introducing these editorials through your blog.

  5. August 2, 2013 at 12:36 am

    What a great idea. I have such fair skin sunscreen is a definite must for me

    Tracy @

  6. August 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Excellent! I’ve not tried to make my own sunscreen, but I know that my sister does this and also makes body butters. I think it’s such a great DIY! x/Madison

  7. August 8, 2013 at 4:09 am

    What an awesome DIY. I do have baby rash cream at home and would love to give this a try.

    PS: New La Mav skincare pack giveaway on the blog, hope you enter:

  8. August 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    great post! follow each other? let me know!

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