Whether you love or hate summer, the truth is that you’ll have to learn to adapt to your surroundings regardless of your personal preference. So, might as well whip up some natural sunscreen to shelter your skin from the damaging action of UV rays. Why should you bother making it at home, you ask? That’s because any homemade thing is under your direct observation, meaning that you can control ingredients, quantities, and tailor it to your own needs and sensitivities. Plus, you’ll know there aren’t any dubious chemicals thrown into the mix.

That being said, we’ve come forth with some recipe recommendations which will make you realize just how easy it is to craft your own sunscreen.

4 Natural Sunscreen Recipes

#1 Shea Butter Sunscreen

  • 1/2 cup Shea butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 15 drops [easyazon_link identifier=”B009I30L90″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]carrot seed essential oil[/easyazon_link]
  • 10 drops [easyazon_link identifier=”B00QKT0LHC” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]myrrh essential oil[/easyazon_link]
  • 2 tbsp. [easyazon_link identifier=”B000PHZ8W8″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]zinc oxide[/easyazon_link] (optional)

Whip the Shea butter until it gets a fluffy texture and then slowly start mixing in the melted coconut oil. Continue to incorporate the rest of the ingredients, with the zinc oxide being optional for those seeking a higher SPF. Without the oxide, this resulting mixture has a rating of about 20, which you can double with the inclusion of the zinc oxide.

#2 Almond Oil Sunscreen

  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • 1/4 cup [easyazon_link identifier=”B000OP5D8K” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]coconut oil (natural SPF 4)[/easyazon_link]
  • 1/4 cup [easyazon_link identifier=”B00B3U0FW4″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]beeswax[/easyazon_link]
  • 2 tablespoons [easyazon_link identifier=”B01I8G5WUU” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]zinc oxide[/easyazon_link]
  • up to 1 teaspoon [easyazon_link identifier=”B00NTBBU8I” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]red raspberry seed oil[/easyazon_link] (optional)
  • up to 1 teaspoon [easyazon_link identifier=”B009I30L90″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]carrot seed oil[/easyazon_link] (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons [easyazon_link identifier=”B00D9NV2D4″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]Shea butter[/easyazon_link] (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon [easyazon_link identifier=”B00FZPTL7S” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]vitamin E oil[/easyazon_link] (optional)

The nice thing about this particular recipe is that you can easily tailor it to your personal desire with all these optional ingredients. Read about the crafting steps here.

#3 Sunscreen Bars

  • 1 cup [easyazon_link identifier=”B00DS842HS” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]coconut oil[/easyazon_link]
  • 1 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or [easyazon_link identifier=”B06XCT3L5Q” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]mango butter[/easyazon_link]
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) of [easyazon_link identifier=”B00L4KYA9C” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]non-nano zinc oxide[/easyazon_link]
  • 1 cup beeswax
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B00FZPTL7S” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]Vitamin E oil[/easyazon_link] (for preservation)
  • A few drops of vanilla or essential oil.

Tired of the mess you cause every time you try to slather sunscreen on? These cute and practical bars can help you gain better control with every application. Click here to see the full recipe and the preparation steps.

#4 Green Tea Sunscreen

  • 1 tbsp. [easyazon_link identifier=”B00L9DUHQE” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]mango butter[/easyazon_link]
  • 1 tsp. [easyazon_link identifier=”B007B6RR98″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]Shea butter[/easyazon_link]
  • 1 tbsp. [easyazon_link identifier=”B006K3RCPC” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]avocado oil[/easyazon_link]
  • 4 tsp. [easyazon_link identifier=”B003IGOL8U” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]zinc oxide powder[/easyazon_link]
  • 1 tbsp. [easyazon_link identifier=”B0019LTGOU” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]jojoba oil[/easyazon_link]
  • 1/2 tsp. [easyazon_link identifier=”B00FZPTL7S” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]vitamin E oil[/easyazon_link]
  • 4 tbsp. [easyazon_link identifier=”B003D4F2US” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]green tea[/easyazon_link]
  • 1 tsp. [easyazon_link identifier=”B00B3U0FW4″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]beeswax pellets[/easyazon_link]
  • 6 drops [easyazon_link identifier=”B00PIWIOYO” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”beautifu0f2-20″]ylang ylang essential oil[/easyazon_link]
  • 6 drops of vanilla essential oil

Admittedly, there’s much more than just green tea here, but it’s the definite star of the recipe. Read all the thorough directions required to make this DIY sunscreen here and find some useful tips as well.

Wrapping Up

In the end, even though it might be time consuming, making a homemade natural sunscreen is definitely worth it if you wish to avoid any further potential damage. After all, you shouldn’t gamble with the health of your skin, especially when sunlight is involved. The wrong kind of products can not only end up being useless and hardly protective, but they can even do the opposite and result in an enhancement of the sun damage.