Come summer and the scorching heat of the sun begins to take a toll on your skin. The harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun not only causes tanning but also damages skin cells. During this heat, you need to use sun protection factor (SPF) creams to protect the skin. Markets are flooded with SPF 15, 30 and 45 creams and you use them delicately. But these creams have some harmful chemicals as ingredients which again are bad for the skin. Thus, skin protection during summer becomes a tedious task for many.
Homemade Sunscreens And Sunblocks
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is something is which all Indian households have. Edible coconut oil is considered to be great for health. Coconut oil has also been considered as a great remedy for hair. What’s more is that coconut oil has components which can offer protection against harmful rays of the sun. For making a homemade sunscreen with coconut oil, you can add some coconut oil in a bowl. Add half the amount of shea butter and zinc oxide and add water to it. If you wish to make it waterproof, adding a little beeswax can be helpful. Mix the concoction properly and store it in a cool place. You can apply this natural and homemade sunscreen whenever you’re ready to go out in the sun.
2. Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe vera has great health benefits for skin, hair and the body. Cooling properties in aloe vera juice benefit the skin in many ways. To use it as an effective sunscreen to protect against the harmful rays of the sun, add aloe vera juice to carrot seed oil, avocado oil and myrrh essential oil. Mix them well and pour into a sprayer bottle. Your natural and homemade cooling sunscreen is all ready for you.
3. Avocado, Jojoba & Coconut Oil Sunscreen
- 3 tbsp pure avocado oil
- 1tbsp pure almond oil
- 1tbsp jojoba oil
- 2tbsp coconut oil
- 5 drops of vitamin E oil
- 1tbsp shea butter
- 2tbsp cocoa butter
- 1tbsp beeswax
- 1tbsp soya-lecithin
- 2tbsp bottled aloe vera gel
- ½ tbsp borax powder (you can get it from the chemist)
First grate 1tbsp beeswax and melt it with shea butter and cocoa butter on indirect heat and whisk it slowly and gently till they are completely melted and mix properly. Add all the remaining oils to it and soya-lecithin. Mix well and remove from heat. Mix the rose water, aloe vera gel and borax powder. Blend in a blender or with a hand blender and store in an air tight clean dry bottle. Refrigerate and use as needed. Shelf life 1 month maximum.
4. Tea Leaves
Yes! A natural and homemade sunscreen can be made from tea leaves as well. To make your natural and homemade sunscreen with tea leaves, all you need to do is soak 2 tbsp of tea leaves in 1/2 cup of water. Let them stay overnight. Strain the mixture properly the next morning. But don’t throw away the leftover water because that is what will offer you protection against harmful rays of the sun during summer. It works as an efficient sun-blocking agent. Store the water solution in a bottle and keep it in a cool and dry place. Apply the mixture whenever you’re ready to go out in the sun.
5. Essential oil and Vitamin E
You are all aware of the many health benefits of essential oils. The various health benefits of essential oil make them popular choice of many people. And, when mixed with Vitamin E, essential oils can also act as an effective sunscreen. You need oil of raspberry seeds, bees wax and shea better to make the natural and homemade sunscreen. Prepare a nice and smooth concoction of the three and add it in a glass jar. Put the glass jar in a pan of hot water. When the mixture begins to melt, add non-nano zinc oxide to it. Non-nano zinc oxide can be ordered from online shopping stores. Add some essential oil along with Vitamin E oil in the mixture and allow it to settle. This mixture is your SPF 30 sunscreen.
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