Many people are turning to DIY Sunscreens for a natural alternative to the chemical filled store bought stuff but do homemade sunscreens really work? Before you buy a bunch of expensive ingredients to make your own, you might want to check out my honest review of DIY Sunscreens.
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DIY Sunscreen: Do or Don't? | An Honest Review
I have been wanting to make my own sunscreen for years. I even ordered some non-nano zinc oxide three stinking years ago and never used it. This year however, I was determined to make it happen. I was not going another summer buying so much sunscreen.
Why try a DIY sunscreen? I really don't like chemicals. We know that sunscreen protects you from skin cancer but did you know that there are SO many sunscreens out there that are horrible for you because of the cancer causing chemicals in them? So yes, it may protect you from SKIN cancer but can cause liver cancer instead......I'm not down with that.
Having said that, not everyone agrees that DIY sunscreens are a good idea. You can't accurately test for SPF and not all the ingredients used for homemade sunscreen protect against both UVB and UVA rays. This is why you should always do your own research before trying a DIY sunscreen. It comes down to your own personal choice. I feel good about homemade sunscreen so I'm giving it a try.
The DIY Sunscreen Recipe I Used
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup Shea butter
- 1/4 cup almond oil
- 1/6 cup beeswax
- 2 TB non-nano zinc oxide
- 2 tsp raspberry seed oil
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
Testing My DIY Sunscreen
Some Final Thoughts on DIY Sunscreen
- I'm not totally convinced yet that DIY Sunscreen is a great idea. I do think it has a ton of potential depending on the recipe you use. I love that most of the ingredients used are beneficial to your skin and don't have nasty chemicals in them. If your kid's wiped out after a day in the sun and has homemade sunscreen on you won't have to be too concerned.
- Also the sunscreen smells SO much better than regular sunscreen. My daughter kept smelling my shoulder. Oh and by the way I used it on my face and my face is not burned. So again, I'm wondering more if mine just got washed off in the pool water because I didn't put my face in the water today. I do love that I can use the sunscreen on my face and body without worrying about clogged pores.
- I need to have my son test it to see how it works on him. He has much darker skin than me and tans much better. I just didn't want to use my kids as test subjects! haha Plus if you're going through the trouble of making a sunscreen it should work no matter you're skin tone.
- With some tweaks I'm sure my DIY sunscreen will work. I'm really excited about that. I need to adjust the recipe to get it to work under all circumstances and to get it to work on ALL of my skin. Once I do I promise to report back with a better recipe and one that you know has been tested multiple times in different situations. I do think it needs to be reapplied every hour or so instead of 1 1/2 hours like I normally do with store bought sunscreen. Wish me luck!
- If you find a DIY sunscreen recipe you'd like to try I would suggest not staying in the sun too long. Don't go all in. Try for less time in the sun and maybe even at a time when the sun is less harsh. If it seems to work then you can try longer periods of time in the harsh sun with reapplies.
- thinksport SPF 50 Plus Sunscreen
- Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen
- Babyganics Mineral Based Sunscreen
- Kiss My Face Sunscreen
Have you tried DIY Sunscreen before? Does it work for you? What ingredients do you find work best?