Here in the West of Ireland we are frequently battered by Atlantic storms. Even when the rest of the country is basking in sun chances are that we are dealing with a rain front in off the Atlantic. So when the sun shines for us you will most likely see a lot of skin on show as everyone makes the most of those rays!
We know that even when it is cloudy it is important to protect ourselves with skin protection. What protection you use is entirely up to you whether by covering up or applying a protective lotion to exposed skin.
I don’t like to apply toxic products to my skin or that of my family so I spent some time researching natural sunscreens. It turns out a lot of natural products have a SPF and we can use these to create our own all-natural lotion. These include –
- Shea Butter – SPF 4-6 (affiliate link)
- Coconut Oil- SPF 4-6 (affiliate link)
- Almond Oil- SPF around 5
- Zinc Oxide SPF 2-20 depending on how much used
- Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 25-50
- Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 35-40
When I made up our batch of sunscreen for this summer I used many of these ingredients as I have them for skin care anyway. I also added Doterra Helichrysum and Lavender Essential Oils to the lotion as some essential oils have a natural SPF.
Here is the recipe
- ½ cup almond (or olive oil)
- ¼ cup Coconut Oil (SPF 4)
- ¼ cup Beeswax
- 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (Use a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin)
- 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed Oi
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (SPF 4-5)
- 10 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil (buy here)
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (buy here)
1. Use an old clean jar and add all the ingredients except the Zinc Oxide and the Essential Oils.
2. Put the jar into a double boiler with simmering water and let sit until all the ingredients have melted together.
3. Remove the jar from the double boiler and let cool for a few minutes before adding the Zinc Oxide and Essential Oils.
4. Mix well with an old spoon or a lollypop stick.
5. Place a tight lid on the jar and use within 6 months.
NOTE: This lotion is not fully waterproof and will need to be reapplied.
Have you made your own sunscreen? I’d love to hear from you!