The Best Way to Protect Your Skin From the Sun
Sunscreen is an essential part of every woman’s beauty routine. It protects against sun damage and helps prevent skin cancer. However, there are times when you want to skip the store-bought version and create your homemade sunscreen instead.
There are several ways to make your sunscreen at home. Some of these methods require only a few ingredients, while others call for a bit more effort. In this article, I’ll walk you through the process of making a glowy homemade sunscreen.
First things first: What exactly makes up a good sunscreen?
Two main components determine whether or not it will protect your skin from harmful UV rays. The first component is SPF. This number tells how much time you can spend in direct sunlight without burning before developing any signs of burn on exposed areas like hands, face, arms, legs, etc. A higher SPF means less exposure time required to get burned. For example, if you have an SPF 30 sunscreen, you should be able to stay out in the sun for about half as long as someone with an SPF 15 product. Some people prefer using products with lower SPFs because they feel safer knowing their skin won’t develop burns even after spending hours outside.
Second, most sunscreens contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which act as physical blockers by absorbing UVA light. These chemicals also help reduce redness caused by overexposure to the sun.
They’re both safe enough to use around the eyes but may irritate, so keep them away from sensitive areas such as lips, nose, cheeks, ears, etc. If you decide to apply makeup over the top of your sunscreen, remember to reapply regularly throughout the day.
Now let’s talk about what kind of DIY sunscreen recipe you need to make. You don’t necessarily need all of these items to make one yourself, but having everything available will save you money and ensure you always have access to the right supplies.
You’ll need three basic types of ingredients to make a great homemade sunscreen. First, you’ll need water-resistant lotion since you’ll be applying it directly onto your skin.
Second, you’ll need a thickening agent called aloe vera gel. Finally, you’ll need either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide powder. Both work well together to block UVA radiation.
Water Resistant Lotions/Oils
Waterproof lotions and oils are used to coat the surface of your skin to protect you from harsh elements. When choosing between lotions and oils, go with the former unless you plan on swimming frequently. Oils tend to absorb into pores faster than creams and leave behind residue. Also, many lotions come in pump bottles, whereas oils must be shaken vigorously before application.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel has been known to heal wounds and relieve pain. Its healing properties stem from its high concentration of polysaccharides, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and antioxidants. All of these compounds contribute to the soothing effects of aloe vera gel on irritated skin.
Zinc Oxide Powder / Titanium Dioxide Powder
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are mineral pigments commonly found in cosmetics. While they aren’t technically considered “sunblocks,” they still offer similar benefits. Like other sunblock ingredients, they absorb ultraviolet light and reflect visible wavelengths.
1) Mix 1 part aloe vera gel with two parts water until smooth. Add essential oil if desired. Store in refrigerator overnight.
2) In the morning, mix three parts zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with four parts liquid soap. Stir thoroughly until the mixture becomes creamy. Apply evenly across the entire body. Reapply every few days.
3) To remove excess dirt and grime, wash off with warm water and mild detergent. Rinse well. Pat dry.
4) For best results, wear clothing covering arms, legs, neck, chest, face, hands, feet, and any exposed area. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes because this can trap heat inside your body. Wear hats when outdoors during peak hours. Use an umbrella for shade whenever possible.
5) Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids while using sunscreen! Water is vital for keeping your immune system strong and healthy. It helps prevent dehydration and keeps your skin hydrated.
6) Remember to reapply sunscreen after sweating heavily or washing up. This ensures maximum absorption.
7) Keep out of reach of children and pets. Do not ingest.
8) Always read labels before purchasing products containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Some brands include additional preservatives and fragrances.
9) Be sure to follow directions carefully. Too much product applied too often could lead to acne breakouts.
10) Wash hands immediately following application.
11) Never rub sunscreen into open cuts or sores. Instead, cover the wound with a bandage and seek medical attention.
Most importantly, enjoy the sunshine!