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Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

by Erika Weber, AP

Homemade Sunscreen Recipe, Sunshine Healing Arts Acupuncture & Wellness in Atlantic Beach, Florida

Summertime is here and it's time to lather on that sunscreen before you head out for some fun in the sun! Not all sunscreens are created equal though. In this blog, we'll dive into the difference between store-bought and homemade sunscreens and why you might want to consider making your own.

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First, let's talk about store-bought sunscreen. While it's convenient, readily available, have a high SPF and be water resistant, it's important to pay attention to the ingredients. Many commercial sunscreens contain harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, which can be toxic to coral reefs and other marine life. Living the beach life in Florida is amazing but it’s important to remember to respect the incredible ocean here for us. Additionally, some of these chemicals can also be absorbed into the body and potentially cause health issues. So, when purchasing your sunscreen, be sure to opt for those with natural and safe ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

Now, let's move on to homemade sunscreen. The main advantage of making your own sunscreen is that you have complete control over the ingredients and can ensure that they are all-natural and safe. Homemade sunscreen can be much less expensive than store-bought options. If you chose to do a clean and safe store bought sunscreen it can be pricey. Some cons is that there is limited protection. You may not be able to get the same level of broad-spectrum protection as you can from a store-bought sunscreen unless you add high levels of zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Another con is that homemade it not water resistance. Reapplication is a must, especially if you are sweating or swimming. 

However if you decide to go the homemade route, it can be a fun summer DIY project! Here's a recipe for a simple homemade sunscreen:

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  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup beeswax pellets
  • 2 tbsp non-nano zinc oxide powder
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)


  1. In a double boiler or glass bowl over a pot of simmering water, melt together the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax pellets.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the zinc oxide powder, vitamin E oil, and essential oil (if using).
  3. Pour the mixture into a small jar or tin and let it cool completely before use.
  4. Voila! You now have a DIY sunscreen that is safe, natural, and effective at protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

So, whether you choose to use store-bought or homemade sunscreen, make sure you always protect your skin when spending time outdoors. And, if you decide to make your own, have fun and get creative with the ingredients and scents!



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