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Essential Oil Sunscreen

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Skin needs vitamin D from the sun, but it also needs protection to prevent burns. Sunscreen from the store can be expensive and often has chemicals that are not healthy for your skin. Why not make your own all-natural sunscreen at home?

 

There are several essential oils that are great to nourish your skin and protect it from the harmful effects of the sun:

  • Carrot Seed
  • Lavender
  • Helichrysum
  • Myrrh
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood

*Do not use citrus oils in a sunscreen or apply citrus oils when going out in the sun.

Good carrier oils to use in homemade sunscreen include the following:

  • Coconut
  • Jojoba
  • Avocado
  • Grape Seed
  • Olive
  • Sweet Almond

You can create your own combinations to see which work best for you. If you like a sunscreen with a thicker texture, essential oils can be added to an all-natural lotion, or you can try this recipe:

All-Natural Sunscreen

  • Servings: Yield=about 4 oz. (120 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (14 g) Shea Butter
  • 2 Tbsp. (24 g) Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) Jojoba Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) Vitamin E Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) aloe vera gel
  • 5 drops carrot seed essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops helichrysum essential oil

Instructions:

Warm the shea butter and coconut oil until soft. Mix in the other ingredients, and stir thoroughly. Put this natural sunscreen in a container and take it along with you on your next outing in the sun.

 

 

4 Comments

  1. What is the spf of this sunscreen?

    • Some studies show that certain vegetable oils can provide SPF protection when applied to skin: carrot seed essential oil SPF 30-40, olive oil SPF 15, soybean oil SPF 10, coconut oil SPF 8, macadamia oil SPF 6, jojoba SPF 4, almond oil SPF 4, and some others have of mild to moderate levels depending on the oil extraction methods used.
      SPF ratings some common essential oils are said to have: peppermint oil SPF 7, lavender oil SPF 6, eucalyptus oil SPF 3 and tea tree oil SPF 2. However the role in this recipe is more about supporting, healing and nourishing the skin cells.
      This recipe can be customized. A combination of these can make a good daily SPF for moderate sun exposure and for overall skin health and moisturizing.

  2. What in this makes it a sunscreen? Should non nano zinc be added?

    • Some studies show that certain vegetable oils can provide SPF protection when applied to skin: carrot seed essential oil SPF 30-40, olive oil SPF 15, soybean oil SPF 10, coconut oil SPF 8, macadamia oil SPF 6, jojoba SPF 4, almond oil SPF 4, and some others have of mild to moderate levels depending on the oil extraction methods used.
      SPF ratings some common essential oils are said to have: peppermint oil SPF 7, lavender oil SPF 6, eucalyptus oil SPF 3 and tea tree oil SPF 2. However the role in this recipe is more about supporting, healing and nourishing the skin cells.
      This recipe can be customized. A combination of these can make a good daily SPF for moderate sun exposure and for overall skin health and moisturizing.
      Zinc can definitely be added for a higher SPF when planning on heavy sun exposure.

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