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How to Make Your Own DIY Sunscreen at Home

A lot of health experts recommend applying sunscreen before going outdoors to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging effects. However, traditional sunscreens contain chemicals that may cause health problems. Plus, chemicals like oxybenzone can also harm the ocean. The good news is that you can make a DIY sunscreen that can effectively protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays. The key is to use the right amount of ingredients with high SPF. So, here are some homemade sunscreen recipes you can follow to make your own sunscreen.

Homemade Sunscreen with Coconut Oil and Carrot Seed Oil

This homemade sunscreen recipe contains ingredients that can moisturize and protect your skin. Plus, it also has essential oils for a refreshing or soothing aroma.


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons zinc oxide
  • 1 teaspoon carrot seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon raspberry seed oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Shea butter
  • A few drops of lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus oil


1. Combine all the ingredients (except zinc oxide) in a double boiler.
2. Afterward, heat the ingredients until all of them have melted.
3.Then, set aside for a couple of minutes so that the mixture can cool down.
4. Once cool, you can add the zinc oxide and stir.
5. Store the mixture in the refrigerator or cool place.


This DIY sunscreen can last for up to six months. For best results, you have to reapply the sunscreen after swimming or sweating.

Homemade Sunscreen with Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera

Another great ingredient for sunscreen is Aloe Vera. As you know, this plant is not only beneficial for treating sunburn. It can also help prevent burns.


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Aloe Vera gel (pure)
  • 1 cup Shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons or more zinc oxide (powdered)
  • 25 drops of walnut extract oil (for fragrance)


1. Mix all the ingredients (except Aloe Vera and zinc oxide) in a saucepan. Let the ingredients melt at medium heat.
2. Allow the mixture to cool down for a couple of minutes before adding the Aloe Vera gel.
3. Once the mixture is completely cool, you can now add the zinc oxide. Mix well. You can also add beeswax to make a sticky consistency.
4. Finally, you can now store the mixture in a glass jar. You have to make sure to place it in a cool and dry place.


Keep in mind that this DIY sunscreen is not waterproof. As such, you have to reapply it after swimming or sweating.

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