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All Natural Homemade Sunscreen- Most Simple Mix Ever!

Hey loves, if you love being out in the sun but are becoming increasingly weary of the harmful ingredients in conventional sunscreen then read on, I’ve got you covered here with the most simple mix imaginable.. and it works too!

Relationship with the Sun

This is going to be a short and sweet post and was inspired by my dearest love: Mick Hanshaw. You see we are currently in Koh Phangnan, Thailand where the sun literally takes no prisoners. What’s more is that my mister and I are from completely different cultures. Him being from Liverpool and me from California, means that we have different relationships with the almighty sun.

When the sun is blazing you can find me chilling in the shade while my old man likes to sit and bask (bake), soaking up as much rays as possible to get the nicest tan he can. This means that, at least when he is in the sun, he is in dire need of some sort of protection.

Beware Conventional Sunscreen






The customary thing to do in a situation that calls for serious sun- bathing is picking up some sunscreen. However, the problem with this method is… surprise surprise… the horrendous ingredients in most of the commercial sunscreen products. Oh yes most sunscreens are filled with rank toxic chemicals as well as endocrine disrupting ingredients that are super harmful to our precious skin. It’s the same (crap) that is in countless other commercial products and though it’s making someone(s) somewhere a pretty penny, it’s not the best for our skin. Especially considering the fact that in the United States alone nearly 2 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer per year and the number has risen since the introduction of sunscreen… shouldn’t it be the other way around?

List of Toxic Ingredients to Beware of (No- No’s)

  • Para amino benzoic acid
  • Parabens
  • Octyl salicyclate
  • Octocrylene
  • Oxybenzone
  • Cinoxate
  • Homosalate
  • Dioxybenzone
  • Phenylbenzimidazole
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • Methoxycinnamate

If you want some more detailed info on the dangers of traditional sunscreen then you have to check out Dr. Axe’s brilliant summation here.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that unless you are buying an all- natural product free from the no- no’s then you are doing yourself a serious disservice in using conventional sunscreens. More and more health professionals are reminding the world that we hardly need “protection” from the sun when it is vital for human beings- it is our source of vitamin D3 and like a plant we’d die without it!  Ok so you are probably thinking the same thing that my boyfriend might at this point: but I will burn without sunscreen!

Before I get into how to prevent burning with an all natural homemade sunscreen, I want you to remember this: we have all the tools necessary to live a healthy life, especially if we are mindful of what we put into our bodies and on our bodies. It’s that simple- be good to yourself in everything that you do!

Sunshine Tips

  • Get 20 minutes of direct sunlight per day
  • Eat food high in anti- oxidants to aid in protecting your skin
  • Use an all natural sunscreen when necessary
  • Use a natural after sun: coconut oil, aloe vera, vitamin E

Simple All Natural Homemade Sunscreen

Now you already know that I am not one to bask in the sun, but any time that I am out for a lengthy period of time I make sure to use this mix over my entire body.

  1. Coconut oil SPF 4-6
  2. Shea Butter SPF 5-6

I told you it was short and sweet. These two miracle ingredients do an incredible job at protecting me when I need them most and never once have I burned when using the pair as a sunscreen. I either melt down the shea butter and coconut oil together and let them become one or take some coconut oil in one hand and some shea butter in the other, rub my hands together and apply all over my body. Simple. When it comes to my chico, however, (English blood) we bump up the voltage with a bit of Vitamin E oil to allay his fears of burning. So far he hasn’t had an issue with burning.



Alternative Mix

There are tons of natural ingredients that you can mix to make your own sunscreen. In my research I have found that a combination of these ingredients is very popular for those wanting a DIY recipe:

  1. Shea Butter SPF 5-6
  2. Coconut Oil SPF 5-6
  3. Carrot Oil SPF 28-40
  4. Zinc Oxide SPF 2-20 depending on amount used

Melt the top two, allow time for cooling then measure the zinc oxide that you would like and add it to the mix. Can dilute the carrot oil and add this as well. Keep your mixture refrigerated and can be kept for up to 6 months! The beauty of DIY!

Ready Made Natural Sunscreens

As always, if DIY is not your thing and you are planning to be in the sun for an extended period of time, then there are options for you that have already been made. Both Amazon and eBay house plenty of sunscreens whose ingredients are safe for human use and I am sure that many local health stores will have the same. Just be sure to take a photo, screenshot, or write down the list of no- no’s to be sure that you are purchasing the right product for your skin. Here are three top brands- one for face, another for body, and the last for young ones! (Please do not coat your little ones in toxic sunscreen!)

  1. Badger Damascus Rose SPF 25 Sheer Tint Face Sunscreen Lotion

2. DeVita Solar Body Moisturizer SPF 30+

3. All Good Sunscreen Butter SPF 50+

 

There you have it conscious people, my favorite and super simple all natural homemade sunscreen with some alternative options thrown in. Be good to yourself!

Questions/Comments

I know that you have them and I am ready to read them! Tell me what you think about this info. Was it accurate? Did you find it helpful? Have some questions about any of the DIY mixes? Make sure to leave them below and tell me what you want to see next!

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8 thoughts on “All Natural Homemade Sunscreen- Most Simple Mix Ever!

  1. So refreshing to see someone promote a simple answer to the age old question of sun worship and what some of the so called top brands contain. As a UK male I know how your boyfriend feels, though we don’t get much sun here. You have explained various ways of ensuring safe protection that’s good for anyone I also like the recommendations as some people don’t have the time to make their own. Nice simple article thank you

    1. Wow thank you so much for your response. This has become increasingly important to me as my boyfriend wants to be in the sun as much as possible without burning (and I don’t want him to put the non- no’s on) so I wanted to spread the message as far a I could. Thanks so much for reading 🙂

  2. Hi, I am so glad I read your post. I am a lover of the sun and I Love the beach. I actually never thought that sunscreens that I have been using for many years are actually harmful to our skin. I have heard so much about natural products/cosmetics but I never thought that there was any serious need for them. I now understand the benefit of using natural products. My wife has told me so many times to use Shea Butter and coconut oil but I just laughed and thought that it was a little over the top. Thank you for the list of toxic ingredients that I need to be aware of as i will make the effort now to look after my skin. Very fascinating reading for me as I would have never expected so much valuable information about natural products.

    1. Always listen to the wife! (lol) she sounds like she knows what she is talking about. You are very welcome for the list! Most of us are unaware of the dangers of certain products because we are so accustomed to them and a different approach after such a long time of doing things one way seems weird to do. However, this is the importance of the spread of information.. to help change outdated systems and live a healthier, happier, overall better life! I am so glad that you found this post informative 🙂 please let me know if there is anything further that I can assist you with in natural products and ingredients! Thank you for the post!

  3. Love this post, thank you! I’ve been on the hunt for a natural sunscreen for me and the kids. We love the sun but hate all the toxic ingredients in most store bought sunscreens. This is easy and I will definitely try it. Do the coconut oil and shea butter have to be organic? I’m sure the “better” ingredient the better for you skin…

    Great read thanks!

    Vicky

    1. Thanks for your post Vicky! I do not think that it is necessity. However with shea butter it will only be from a nut so I do not believe that there is an organic option though I always go for unrefined (its more natural state). With coconut oil I always choose extra virgin for the same reason. The less processing the better! Good luck with your mixing, and please let me know if there is anything I can do to help!

  4. Great post Manika,
    I live in Australia so you can imagine the sun here is around often! I stopped using the supermarket sunscreens about 4 years ago. I now just use coconut oil and its great. Mind you I cover up most of the time but if I know I will be out in it for more that 25 minutes I will lather up.

    So good you are promoting non chemical sunscreen. So many people here get melanomas here and I know a lot are caused by using poisonous sunscreens.
    Keep up the great work,

    Cheers,

    Kev

    1. Hi Kev, thanks bunches for sharing your experience! It’s great to hear from someone in the Australian sun and to realize that sunscreens are the culprit for many of the cases. I love that you have been chemical sunscreen free for 4 years now, truly admirable! Keep it up 😉

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