Last week I posted How to Make Homemade Sunscreen. In that post, I mentioned that the recipe was not very acne-friendly. At least for me personally, coconut oil makes my face break out. It has a comedogenic rating of 4 out of 5, meaning it is very likely to clog your pores. So, the sunscreen is great for use on your body, but if your face is acne prone like me, you might want to use a separate face sunscreen.
I had that in mind when I made this recipe. I used only ingredients with low comedogenic ratings. And it has done WONDERS for my skin. I have started using it as my daily moisturizer. So now I have an awesome moisturizer with SPF that makes my skin glow. Seriously, my skin loves this stuff.
Ok- this sunscreen is a natural moisturizer, has anti-inflammatory properties, is non-comedogenic, is waterproof, and has no harmful chemicals. I promise, it is not too good to be true. It is true!
It cost $6.48 to make about 4 ounces of this facial sunscreen. When you think about how much the “natural” sunscreens for your face cost in stores, that’s a really good price. It is really thick and you only need a tiny amount to cover your whole face, so the small bottle will last you a while.
Don’t you hate reading ingredient labels and wondering what the heck some ingredients are and why they are in cosmetics? Well here is why I used each of these ingredients:
- Shea Butter: Natural SPF of 3-8, natural moisturizer, non-comedogenic, good source of vitamins for skin, anti-inflammatory (You can get it here)
- Jojoba Oil: Natural SPF of 4, non-greasy oil moisturizer, anti-bacterial, natural antiseptic, non-comedogenic (You can get it here)
- Beeswax: Makes sunscreen waterproof, protects skin against damaging elements, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory (You can get it here)
- Zinc Oxide: Sun protection (You can get it here)
- Red Raspberry Seed Oil or Carrot Seed Oil: Natural SPF of about 30-40, anti-inflammatory (You can get it here or here)
- Vitamin E Oil: Antioxidant, natural moisturizer, anti-inflammatory, helps preserve shelf life of sunscreen (You can get it here)
Before I started making my own cosmetics I had no idea that oils could have natural SPF in them. It makes sense when you think about it. This recipe uses both oils and zinc oxide to achieve a higher SPF level. If you want to learn more about natural sun protection- this is a great article.
So if you leave the zinc oxide out- this recipe will naturally have an SPF of about 20 or so. That is my unprofessional estimate based on the oil SPF ratings.
The sunscreen is super easy to make. All you need to do is melt everything but the essential oils and zinc oxide in a double boiler, or a pot placed on top of a pot of boiling water. It only takes a few minutes and a little bit of stirring.
It looks like a lovely shade of honey once it is melted down.
Next all you do is add the essential oils and zinc oxide. And that’s it! Super easy.
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 2 tbsp jojoba oil
- 2 tbsp beeswax
- 1 tsp vitamin E oil
- 10 drops red raspberry seed oil or carrot seed oil
- 1 tbsp zinc oxide powder
- Melt the jojoba oil, beeswax, shea butter, and vitamin E oil in a double boiler until well combined
- Remove from heat and add 10 drops of red raspberry seed oil or carrot seed oil
- Very carefully add in the zinc oxide, taking care not to breathe any in. You might want to cover your mouth with a cloth if you do not trust yourself to be a careful mixer
- Mix slowly and thoroughly until there are no more powdered clumps of zinc oxide
- Pour into your desired container and let it return to room temperature
- Use as you would any facial sunscreen of SPF 30-40
The sunscreen is very thick and will not squeeze out of a squeeze bottle. I recommend putting it in a bottle or jar with a wide lid so you can scoop it out.
Like I said already, I am kind of obsessed with this stuff. It has been great for my skin and I use it as my daily moisturizer. It also survived a day at the beach without me getting burnt. So it is good on all fronts.
Try making it and let me know how it goes for you!
This homemade sunscreen is great for your face, but you should also check out my homemade body sunscreen! Together the two are a perfect complement.