We know we nag you A LOT about the importance of wearing sunscreen all the time, especially in our Indian climate, but it’s only because we love you! Sunblock really is so essential to protect your precious skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays as well as from ageing. Because it’s such a crucial part of any girl’s skincare routine, we tell you how to make your very own sunscreen at home, minus any harmful chemicals. Try this DIY sunscreen to save money and to create a sunblock that is safe, won’t make your skin break out and is super moisturizing.
What You Will Need
1 cup coconut oil – it has natural SPF properties
20 grams shea butter – naturally protects and moisturizes skin
A few drops of essential oils. You can mix jojoba oil, sunflower oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, sesame oil – they all have natural SPF properties as well as soothe and nourish the skin. (But never use citrus oils, as they increase sensitivity to sunlight. )
A drop or 2 of Vitamin E oil – will nourish the skin and help preserve the homemade sunscreen.
1/4th cup Beeswax – it’s anti-inflammatory, won’t clog pores, moisturizing and organic.
2 tbsp of Zinc Oxide powder – a non-toxic, non-irritating broad spectrum SPF protection agent (available at any chemist).
Step 1: Melt the coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and jojoba/ sunflower/ lavender or any essential oils you have chosen together in a boiler or pan. Heat it gently and not with a very strong flame.
Step 2: Once done (you will know when the shea butter and beeswax is melted), allow it to cool a little. Step 3: Add the zinc oxide and vitamin E oil to it. Stir well to ensure all the ingredients combine together.Note: You should wear a mask for this step to cover your nose and mouth. You don’t want to directly inhale zinc oxide. Step 4: Pour into a jar to store and keep it in the refrigerator. It’s really that simple!Also read: 9 Home Remedies To Deal With Dark Patches & Uneven Skin Tone!
How To Use It
Feel free to apply liberally on your skin!
Remove the zinc oxide, and this makes for an awesome home-made lotion recipe too.If you have a mild moisturizer that isn’t laden with chemicals that you use religiously on your skin, simply add zinc oxide to it. Voila, your moisturizer is now a sunblock!Images: Shutterstock