Homemade Facial Sunscreen DIY
I have been wanting to do this for ages. Year after year goes by that I buy the most natural sunscreen I can find that doesn't leave my skin pasty white. And every year I think, why am I not making my own.
Well, I finally I got around to ordering from Mountain Rose Herbs after doing what seems like gobs of research. I've come to this conclusion. Store bought sunscreens scare me. The only ones that I have found that I like are Badger's Rose Sunscreen and Andalou Naturals in Sheer Tan SPF 30. Most of the rest I've found have mystery ingredients that I don't trust. Meaning most likely chemicals and if there's anything worse than a sunburn, it's the sun burning chemicals into your skin.
So here's the disclaimer for this particular DIY sunscreen. It contains no zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, meaning it's not meant to be used as a water proof sunblock (if you want something a little more robust, check out my Shea Butter Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide recipe). It's meant to be worn as a daily sunscreen. Again, don't rely on it for a day at the beach (unless you're wearing a hat).
It contains a good amount of carrot essential oil which has an SPF of 40, still, from what I read, unless you're wearing zinc or something that lies on top of your skin that actually "blocks" the sun, you won't be blocking yourself from the UVA rays.
You're probably thinking, then what's the point of this sunscreen? Well, I'm a firm believer that we're meant to be in the sun. If you feed your body what it needs as far as your diet, you will notice that your skin has a natural aversion to the sun. I've seen this first hand. When I was a teenager, I used to eat nothing but junk food and I burned very easily. Now, most of what I eat are good fruits and veggies and it has made a huge difference in how my skin reacts to the sun. Now I tan quite easily. Not to say there are days when I burn, but that's usually when I'm at the beach for hours on end or it's a particularly hot day.
What I wanted out of this sunscreen is something I can put on daily that will give me pretty good protection but also doesn't look like I'm wearing sunblock under my makeup. If I go to the beach for an extended amount of time, I've learned it's best to bring a hat and where something with zinc oxide on my face. But for every day wear, I think this works great. It's truly more of facial oil, but moderate sun protection.
One more disclaimer. This is what I've found worked for me. If you are very, very light skinned and normally use a super potent sunscreen, obviously test this out to see if it works for you before depending on it as your sole sunscreen.
How to Make Homemade Facial Sunscreen
- Baobab Oil (I found this easily absorbs into skin and doesn't leave you with that super oily look)
- Aloe Vera Gel (helps soothe your skin)
- Vitamin E Oil (helps sooth your skin as well as acts as a natural preservative)
- Carrot Seed Essential Oil (this is where the spf of 40 comes in, plus it's great for soothing your skin after being in the sun)
Side note: I hate measuring and have found that just winging it has worked perfectly fine for me. Also, because there are so many different size containers available it's easier to measure in parts.
- Sterilize your glass bottle container in boiling water for five minutes. Let it completely dry.
- Mix two parts baobab oil to one part aloe vera.
- Add two to three drops of Vitamin E oil.
- Depending on the size of your container, add 10 to 25 drops of carrot seed essential oil. For example, I used about 10 drops for a 2oz bottle.
- Shake well and pour into the glass bottle.
I recommend making small batches so that the oils are potent and don't go rancid. It should last for about a month or so. Store the bottle in a dry, dark area.
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