Tinted Home-Made Sunscreen Recipe
Have you been looking for natural sunscreen alternatives, but can’t find anything on your budget? Well, worry not. You can prepare a natural sunscreen at home using ingredients available in your pantry. Here’s how.Time and again, we’re told the importance of wearing a sunscreen. However, the sunscreens readily available in the market are loaded with chemicals that could harm our skin in the long run. And, if you have sensitive skin, the results could almost be instant- breakouts, rashes, blotchy patches, and whatnot.
Infact, the toxic ingredients present in store-bought sunscreens could cause cancer. Sounds ironic, right? We’re told to wear sunscreen to prevent cancer, but its ingredients are toxic. Also, a study by Baptist University (HKBU), chemicals found in sunscreen could pollute the oceans and higher mortality rate in fish offspring.
So, what does one do? To wear it or not to wear it? Well, you could choose an organic sunscreen.
However, the sad truth is that organic cosmetics don’t fall under everyone’s budget. Here, the best option is to make a natural sunscreen at home. You know the ingredients you put in, it is cost-effective, and well, if you follow this recipe, then you don’t even need to buy a foundation. As this home-made sunscreen is tinted.
Here is how to make natural sunscreen at home in a few easy steps:
Here are the ingredients you need to make your home-made tinted sunscreen:
- 45 ml almond oil (you could use other carrier oils like coconut or jojoba oil as well)
- 30 ml shea butter
- 15 ml cocoa butter
- 15 ml beeswax
- 1/8th tsp vitamin E
- 15 ml zinc oxide (make sure this is uncoated and non-micronised)
- Cocoa powder/cinnamon powder/nutmeg
After you’ve collected home-made sunscreen ingredients, here is what you need to do:
- Get a double boiler on the gas. You can also use a glass bowl and saucepan.
- Measure out the first 5 ingredients into the double boiler – the oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, and vitamin E.
- Turn on the heat, and whisk it, till it all melts.
- Once melted, remove from the heat, and let it cool slightly.
- Add zinc oxide, and mix. Zinc oxide is added to give your foundation sunscreen coverage. The higher the zinc oxide content, the higher the sunscreen coverage.
- Now comes the important part – what’s your colour? Beautiful cocoa, warm cinnamon, or strikingly rich nutmeg? Keep in mind that cocoa is the lightest, while nutmeg is the darkest.
- ½ tbsp for a light foundation.
- ½ tbsp + 1 tsp will give you a medium-coloured foundation.
- ½ tbsp + 2 tsp will be a medium-dark shade.
Once you’ve found your shade, bingo! You’ve got home-made foundation, with sunscreen, in a pot. Bye-bye skin breakouts; hello natural, glowing, smooth skin.