Being the organic girl that I am, I way prefer a mineral sunscreen to a chemical sunscreen. What’s the main difference? Chemical Sunscreens contain chemicals which can increase your risk of skin cancer, and cause other health issues. You are supposed to apply a chemical sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in the sun, because they chemicals have to penetrate your skin. On the other hand, mineral sunscreens use natural minerals such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which coat your skin, and act as a very effective broad-spectrum block. As soon as you apply your mineral sunscreen, you can go out in the sun.
Although the SPF of most sunscreens (even major brands), isn’t an exact science, it’s easy to determine with mineral sunscreens because they company will be able to tell you the exact percentage of minerals they used in the formulation. This equates to the SPF.
In my DIY Sunscreen, I use around 25% of the mineral, zinc oxide, which makes my sunscreen SPF 20 (approx). However, if you are going out in strong sun, it’s more important that you re-apply every two hours, and stay out of the sun between 12 – 2 pm because the rays are too strong for most of us.
My sunscreen does a great job of protecting my skin. I only use it on my body because it’s too greasy for my face!
- 1/4 cup non-nano zinc oxide powder, 0r in a pinch you could use 40% zinc oxide Diaper Rash Cream
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp Cocoa Butter
- 1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 2 tsp Beeswax pellets
- 15 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- Place all the ingredients in a heat-proof bowl and place over a saucepan of boiling water. Heat until all the waxes and and butters have completely melted. Stir all the time with popsicle stick.
- Once fully melted and combined, pour into a jar.
- Store for up to 6 months in a cool, dark cabinet.