DIY Homemade Sunscreen Recipes without Zinc Oxide

Wear sunscreen lotion happens to be a basic necessity among men and women alike.

But most sunscreens available in the market and drugstores contain several chemical products which might harm certain types of skin.

But one cannot possibly do without a sunscreen as exposure of the skin to direct sunlight has many adverse effects that can be harmful to your health in the long run.


Therefore, it is the best to prepare a homemade sunscreen lotion that would suit your skin type regardless of the weather, external surroundings and other extraneous factors.

Here is all that you would want to know about the efficacy of homemade sunscreens:

Toxin in sunscreen:

Most sunscreens, lotions or powders contain a fair proportion of Zinc Oxide, among many other chemicals. Oxybenzone is another such chemical which though is a good absorber of ultraviolet rays, is very harmful to the skin.

Zinc oxide is less harmful, but studies do suggest that the nano particles which supposedly can get into the blood stream and cause a wide plethora of problems.

Also inhaling Zinc oxide and similar chemicals in sunscreen is immensely harmful and can actually lead to cancer after a prolonged exposure.

In a nutshell, most popular sunscreens contain a lot of toxins in them.

DIY Natural Sunscreen:

It possibly does not need any mention that chemicals harm your skin in some form or the other.

Also, the lesser harmful of them, that is, sunscreen made with Zinc Oxide can only be applied on very healthy skin. A skin with rashes or bruises can be further affected upon the application of such sunscreen.

So it is best to prepare your own natural sunscreen without having to resort to harmful chemicals.

Contrary to popular belief, preparing DIY natural sunscreen is quite hassle free.

Make your own Natural Sunscreen

To learn how to make your own natural sunscreen at home, all you need to do is to follow the following instructions.

The basic ingredients required to prepare this are mostly a few essential oils.

Make Homemade Sunscreen without Zinc Oxide:

The best option to make a homemade sunscreen without Zinc Oxide is to prepare a mixture comprising of a few essential oils. These are the things you would need to that end:

  1. ¼ cup Coconut Oil
  2. ¼ cup Shea Butter
  3. 1/8 cup Jojoba Oil
  4. 2 tablespoon Beeswax (for making the sunscreen water resistant)
  5. 1 teaspoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
  6. 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed Oil

Now that you have arranged the basic and best sunscreen ingredients, you need to do is to mix these ingredients carefully and properly.

The carrot seed oil might smell a bit weird but the effectiveness remains incomparable.

Recipes for Homemade Sunscreen:

Homemade sunscreens are easy to make. There are many options of recipes for homemade sunscreen. The best among them is the Beeswax sunscreen.

It is one of the most effective homemade sunscreens and also has many of the properties of a regular one. For example, the sunscreen is long lasting and is water proof as well!

shea butter sunscreen

The beeswax in it makes it water resistant as well. Here is the detailed list of ingredients along with the required proportions:

  1. 1/4 cup Avocado
  2. 1/4 cup Coconut oil
  3. 1/4 cup Beeswax
  4. 1/4 cup Shea butter
  5. 10 drops Myrrh essential oil
  6. 15 drops Carrot seed essential oil

Put all the ingredients on a flat pan and stir all of it in low heat. Take it out in a closed container.

How to Make Sunscreen Lotion at Home Naturally:

There are a number of ways whereby you can make your sunscreen lotion at home naturally.

Preparing a powder base sunscreen or spray is difficult and is not recommended as the preferred option as preparing them would anyway need chemical bases.

 Therefore, an oil based sunscreen is always the best option.

The Shea Butter sunscreen is a viable option. These are the things you would need to make it:

  1. 1/2 cup Shea Butter
  2. 1/3 cup Coconut oil, melted
  3. 15 drops carrot seed essential oil
  4. 10 drops myrrh essential oil
  5. 2 Tbsp zinc oxide (optional)

As an alternative to this is Zinc Oxide, and you can also use more myrrh oil.

Homemade Sunscreen with Coconut Oil:

This homemade sunscreen with incorporating coconut oil is the one you can prepare using the most commonly available ingredients.

Sunscreen with Coconut Oil

The best part is that getting and mixing the ingredients is a process that does not take up a lot of time or effort.

All you need to do is to buy or collect some coconut oil, myrrh oil and carrot seed oil. Here is the detailed list along with the required proportions:

  1. ½ cup Coconut Oil
  2. 20 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
  3. 5 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Shake all the ingredients well and store in an amber jar, which is extremely helpful in preserving all sorts of oils. You can also add on additional quantities of myrrh oil as per your desired proportion of SPF.

The myrrh oil safeguards your skin from hazardous ultraviolet rays. Also, keep in mind that you might actually need to apply this quite often as needed since the texture of this lotion is thin.

That being said, the intrinsic advantage of it being thin is that you can apply this easily on oily skin as well.

Natural Sunscreen with Aloe Vera:

The homemade natural sunscreen made with Aloe Vera is also an extremely effective sunscreen.

Sunscreen with Aloe Vera

The ingredients used to prepare this are:

  1. 1 cup Aloe Vera Juice
  2. 10 drops of Myrrh Essential Oil
  3. 15 drops of Carrot Seed Essential Oil
  4. ¼ cup Avocado Oil

Now, put these all in a sprayer bottle and shake.

You need to this before every use as the heavier oil might settle in the bottom and the lotion might not remain equally effective.

You can also put a few more drops of Myrrh Oil for higher SPF levels.

And you are done. Enjoy your DIY sunscreen!!!

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