Go All-Natural! Homemade Sunscreens To Prevent The Summer Damage
Used regularly, sunscreen helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer, premature ageing, among others. Applying sunscreen to your face, neck, chest, ears, hands, and arms daily is recommended to prevent long-term damage from the sun.
Sunscreen is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to protect your skin from sun damage.
Keep calm and trust in sunscreen!
Afraid to step out in the sun? Allow sunscreen to come to your rescue. Yes, right!
Prickly heat, ultraviolet radiation, tanning sunburns, redness are all taken care of with the application of sunscreen,
Sunscreen is one tool in your beauty/skin care kit that is indispensable. Be it sunscreen itself, a moisturiser with SPF infused in its formulation or a homemade sunscreen – it is important to have it in your regimen, especially during the summers.
The ´Sun Protection Factor ´or SPF is very important, depending on your exposure to the sun. The minimum requirement of SPF is 30 but if you are on vacation at sunny or beach destinations, have a field job or spend most of your day outdoors, then SPF 45 is the minimum you require in sunscreen.
In Northern Uganda, it’s recommended that we all apply sunscreen with SPF30 or higher as part of our morning routine and reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating heavily.
That might seem like a lot of sunscreen, but the benefits really are priceless.
Using natural sunscreen offers several advantages over traditional chemical sunscreens. They are formulated with high-quality ingredients that blend seamlessly into the skin and won’t break you out!
If you would like to get creative and explore the DIY sunscreen at home, let’s dive deeper into how to make sunscreen.
Pros of Natural Sunscreen Ingredients
- Known, natural ingredients
- Gentle on the Skin: Natural sunscreens are less likely to cause skin irritation or allergic reactions, making them suitable for sensitive skin.
- Safe for the Environment: Chemical sunscreens can harm marine life and coral reefs. Natural Sunscreens are reef-safe and eco-friendly.
- Immediate Protection: Natural sunscreens start working as soon as they are applied, providing instant protection against the sun’s harmful rays.
- Broad-Spectrum Protection: Mineral sunscreens offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays., reducing the risk of sunburn, premature ageing, and skin cancer.
- Longer Shelf Life: Natural sunscreens have a longer shelf life compared to chemical sunscreens, as they are not as prone to degradation.
No guaranteed equal dispersion unless a homogenising machine and dispersing agent is used. Mineral filters such as zinc oxide tend to clump together microscopically; you won’t be able to see the lumps but they will exist unless blended and broken down properly with the correct machinery. Get it here . Therefore you need a good equipment to blend it properly otherwise on application it will leave tiny gaps on your skin through which the sun’s rays will have no problem penetrating, resulting in sun damage.
Best homemade sunscreens
Here are some of the recipes with instructions and ingredients for homemade sunscreen options. Based on your skin type, every natural sunscreen recipe will have a different effect on your skin. be sure to choose a homemade natural sunscreen that is best suited for your skin.
1. Aloe Vera sunscreen
- 50ml mineral water
- One teaspoon Aloe Vera gel
- Half a teaspoon sunflower oil
- Three teaspoons zinc oxide
- Four drops of vitamin E oil
Mix the ingredients well to make a lotion, then add the zinc oxide for SPF 15 and if your skin is normal to dry, add in the drops of vitamin E oil to moisten the mixture. Store in a glass jar, and keep in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use.
2. Coconut, Sesame, and sunflower oils sunscreen
- Two tablespoons coconut oil
- Two tablespoons sesame seed oil
- Two tablespoons sunflower oil
- Few drops of vitamin e oil
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and heat the mixture in a pan filled with water. keep heating the mixture until coconut oil has fully melted and add in the drops of vitamin E oil. Add 15% of the total weight of this mixture to get SPF 15.
3. Turmeric sunscreen
- One cup Aloe Vera gel (Extracted from leaves)
- One tablespoon turmeric powder
Mix the cooling Aloe Vera and antiseptic turmeric with water and freeze the mixture. These ice cubes are your sunscreen, which you can rub on your skin before leaving the house.
4. Almond and olive oil sunscreen
- One tablespoon almond oil
- One tablespoon olive oil
- One cup coconut water
- Some beeswax
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar and place it in hot water. Once you add in zinc oxide, it will make it smooth.
5. Tea leaves sunscreen
- Two tablespoons tea leaves
- half cup of water
The easiest sunscreen to make, soak the tea leaves in water overnight and strain the mixture the next morning. Store the leftover water in a bottle and use it as your sunblock.
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Frequently Asked Questions On Homemade Sunscreens
1. Is homemade sunscreen safe?
If you were unaware of how to make sunscreen at home, this article has given you a head start, However, it is advised that homemade sunscreens cannot be a replacement for dermatologically or clinically tested sunscreens with SPF 30 or 50+ that one should ideally use. To provide additional care and protection, a DIY sunscreen is an enhancer as it is made with all-natural ingredients is safe for your skin. Ensure the ingredients used are suitable for your skin type, and you are good to go!
2. What makes an effective sunscreen?
The best way to decode the effective of a sunscreen is the Sun Protection Factor or SPF level of the sunscreen formula. SPF 30 is the minimum requirement for any sunscreen to effectively protect you from the sun’s rays. However, a properly applied SPF 50 sunscreen can successfully block almost 98% of the sun’s radiation and SPF 100 blocks 99%
3. What is the Importance of using sunscreen in the summer?
The painful and harmful sun’s radiation in the form of ultraviolet rays causes several problems for our skin as well as our health. Some of these are the risk of skin cancer, sunburn, wrinkles, premature ageing, irritation, and tanning. During the summer, the protection from these factors is more important and the topmost layer on our skin requires sunscreen – this essential gives you hydrated and healthy skin, keeping it glowing even in the scorching heat.
In the meantime, try to find the best sunscreen option you feel comfortable using – whether that’s DIY, a more natural product, or a product your dermatologist recommends.
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