DIY Sun Protection: Whip Up Your Own Skin Recipe Sunscreen

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Sun protection is a vital part of any skincare routine. While commercial sunscreens offer convenience, some people prefer a more natural approach. This DIY skin recipe sunscreen provides a broad spectrum of protection using safe, all-natural ingredients.

Before you begin, a disclaimer: This recipe is intended for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult a dermatologist before applying any new product to your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies.

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Understanding Sun Protection

The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays, categorized as UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin, contributing to premature aging and wrinkles. UVB rays are responsible for sunburns and can increase the risk of skin cancer.

Sunscreens work by absorbing or reflecting UV rays. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) indicates the level of protection against UVB rays, while some broad-spectrum sunscreens also offer UVA protection.

The Benefits of DIY Sunscreen

Natural Ingredients: This recipe uses ingredients readily available at most health food stores, allowing you to control exactly what goes on your skin.

  • Customization: You can adjust the ingredients to suit your skin type and preferences.
  • Cost-Effective: Making your own sunscreen can be significantly cheaper than buying commercial brands.

  • Ingredients

    (Makes approximately 4 ounces)

    2 tablespoons non-comedogenic carrier oil (such as jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or fractionated coconut oil)

  • 2 tablespoons unrefined shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon non-nano zinc oxide powder
  • 1 teaspoon red raspberry seed oil (SPF 30+) OR
  • ½ teaspoon carrot seed oil (SPF 40)
  • ¼ teaspoon non-nano titanium dioxide powder (optional, for additional UVA protection)
  • 5 drops essential oil (optional, for fragrance – choose from lavender, tea tree, or geranium)

  • Directions

    1. Melt: In a double boiler or heat-resistant bowl set over simmering water, melt the shea butter.
    2. Combine: Once melted, remove the shea butter from heat and add the carrier oil. Stir until well combined.
    3. Sift: In a separate bowl, sift the zinc oxide powder (and titanium dioxide powder, if using) to remove any clumps.
    4. Incorporate: Gradually add the sifted powders to the liquid oil mixture, whisking continuously to avoid lumps.
    5. Boost Protection: If using red raspberry seed oil, add it now and stir well.
    6. Cool: Let the mixture cool completely before adding essential oils (if desired).
    7. Fragrance (Optional): Once cool, stir in your chosen essential oil.
    8. Transfer: Transfer the finished sunscreen to a clean, airtight container.


    Label your sunscreen with the date of creation and SPF.

  • Store your sunscreen in a cool, dark place.
  • Patch test the sunscreen on a small area of your inner arm before applying it to your face.

  • Estimated SPF:

    This recipe offers an estimated SPF of 30+ (with red raspberry seed oil) or 40+ (with carrot seed oil). However, several factors can affect the actual SPF, including the quality of ingredients, application thickness, and skin type.

    Important Note:

    This recipe is not waterproof and should be reapplied every two hours, or more frequently if swimming or sweating.

    Nutrition Facts (Not Applicable)

    Since this recipe is for topical use and not for consumption, it does not have any nutritional value.


    This DIY skin recipe sunscreen allows you to harness the power of natural ingredients for sun protection. Remember, it’s essential to consult a dermatologist to ensure this recipe is suitable for your skin and to determine the appropriate SPF level for your needs. While commercial sunscreens offer convenience and guaranteed SPF protection, exploring DIY options can be a rewarding and cost-effective way to care for your skin naturally.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use a different carrier oil?

    Yes, you can substitute the carrier oil with another non-comedogenic oil like grapeseed oil or avocado oil. However, research the comedogenic rating of any oil before using it on your face, especially if you have acne-prone skin.

    2. Is this recipe safe for children?

    Consult a pediatrician before using this or any sunscreen on children. Their skin is more delicate and may require a different level of protection.

    3. How long will this sunscreen last?