Make Sunscreen at Home

Natural sunscreen protects from sun and keep your skin beautiful, healthy and prevent premature ageing.

A good sunscreen should protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays from the sun and at the same time should help the skin maintain its natural oils and moisture. The natural sunscreen or sun cream can soothe, nourish and protect the skin from sun's rays. On the other hand, many chemical sunscreens clog the pores.

The natural and organic ingredients that may be used in a natural sunscreen recipe are sesame oil, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, Emu oil, Aloe vera or shea butter, etc. as they actually can absorb much of the sun's rays. But the information on the extent of UVA and UVB absorption ability of these ingredients is scanty. It is reported that sesame oil can reduce about 30%, coconut and olive oils about 20% and Aloe Vera about 20% of the sun's rays.

The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen have recently (October 2012) recalled 23 spray-on products becayse there was a risk of catching fire on one's skin. Energizer Holdings said it was recalling its popular continuous spray sunscreen "due to a potential risk of product igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry."

Sunscreen Recipes

Note: The natural sunscreen recipes given on this page have not been evaluated for their effectiveness by any scientific or a medical body or by the FDA. It is suggested that natural sunscreen has only a low SPF so they should not be used alone.


  • Sesame oil, unrefined, 1 Tbsp
  • Canola Oil, 1 Tbsp
  • Coconut oil, 1 Tbsp
  • Avocado oil, 1 Tbsp
  • Walnut or almond oil, 1 Tbsp
  • Shea butter, 1 Tbsp
  • Cocoa butter, 2 Tbsp
  • Beeswax, 1 tsp
  • Borax powder, 1/2 Tbsp
  • Aloe vera gel, 2 Tbsp
  • Rose water or lavender water, 1 Tbsp


  1. Mix all the ingredients except the rose water, borax powder and aloe vera in a double boiler over medium heat until just melted. Remove from the heat.
  2. In a pan mix the remaining ingredients and warm until borax is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  3. Mix the above two and whisk together to a desired creamy consistency.
  4. Store in an airtight jar and refrigerate. Keeps well for 3-4 weeks.

You can make a sunscreen at home using natural ingredients.


Green tea has been shown to protect against skin cancer. Boil some tea leaves in water and cool it. Wash your face with this water. It works as a natural sunscreen, according to beautician Blossom Kochhar. She recommends it to be worn above moisturizer and below makeup.

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