Even though I make practically everything we use on our bodies, I generally take the easy way so I can fit everything into each day. Yes, I could spend a lot of time making different sunscreens with lots of ingredients. But I don’t. I make it practical for my life and that means being simple and yet still nourishing for the skin.
3 TBS Coconut Oil
5 drops carrot seed oil
That’s it! Mix and apply! Make sure you keep in a air tight container. I do small batches because the carrot seed oil like all essential oils is volatile. You could also add Myrrh Oil which I do sometimes if we have any dry skin going on.
carrot seed oilhas an SPF of between 38-40. The ratio is approximately 5 drops for 3 TBS of oil mixture if you already have a favorite sunscreen recipe of your own. Coconut Oil has an SPF of between 4-6. Myrrh Oil has an SPF of between 15-20.
(With young ones around we have opted not to use zinc oxide in our household sunscreen, even though we own some, because of the reactions it can have on sensitive skin.)
On the same note, some of the family doesn’t always remember that they need sunscreen until it’s too late. For those instances I make a sunburn relief. Again, it is simple and nourishing.
3 TBS Coconut Oil
5 drops Peppermint oil
5 drops Melaleuca Oil
That’s it! Mix and apply! Make sure you keep in a air tight container. Depending on your preference you could also add Lavender Oil or Frankincense Oil which are also both great for the skin. We have found that the Peppermint oil/Melaleuca Oil mix works best for us generally with no sunburn the next day unless its really bad then it can take two days.
These recipes are easy enough for anyone to make. It’s a great way to get away from the toxic conventional sunscreens without spending a ton of money on natural brands that still have questionable ingredients.
Do you make your own sunscreen? What do you use?
How do you treat sunburn in your house?