DIY Skincare – How To Make Your Sunscreen

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The sunscreen has perhaps become one of our most important beauty requirements. Not only does it save you from that bad burn but helps immensely in keeping signs of aging such as dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines at bay. Regular sunscreen use is also imperative if you want to protect your skin from skin cancer. How about you forgetting that trip to the drugstore to pick up your sunscreen and make one right inside your kitchen?

For whipping up your own sunscreen you need:

6 tbsp Avocado oil

3 tbsp Shea Butter

1 tbsp Bees Wax

1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel

2 tbsp Zinc oxide

1 Vitamin E capsule

1 tsp Soy lecithin

Method: Take a double boiler and mix 6 tablespoons of avocado oil with 3 tablespoons of shea butter together. Add 1 tablespoon of the beeswax to this mix. Now put the double boiler on a stove top and melt these ingredients together on a low heat. Once these ingredients have mixed nicely, take the boiler off the stove and allow it to cool a little.

When the mix has cooled a little add a teaspoon of the soy lecithin, 1 tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel and 2 tablespoons of zinc oxide to this mixture. Blend it all together using a wire whisk. Once all these ingredients come together, puncture a Vitamin E capsule and add it to the mix. Now spoon the entire mix into an electric blender and whisk it to a smooth and even cream like consistency.  Store your sunscreen in a glass mason jar in the refrigerator but make sure that you label it well. (You don’t want anyone eating your sunscreen.)

To make your sunscreen creamier you can add a tablespoon of sesame oil or almond oil to the mix. In order to mask the odors of the sunscreen you can add a few drops of essential oil to it. In case you want to avoid essential oil, try adding a few drops of coconut oil.

While making your sunscreen choose the best quality ingredients to get the best results. You need to take utmost care in purchasing your zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is easily available from any good and reliable health food store. Purchasing zinc oxide with an SPF 30 ensures your homemade sunscreen is following the safety guidelines as laid down by the American Association of Dermatologists.

Benefits of your homemade sunscreen: The biggest benefit of your homemade sunscreen is that you know you are going chemical free and all of the ingredients make your skin softer and nourished. Most commercial sunscreens contain titanium dioxide that has come under the scanner lately since some suggest that this ingredient releases free radicals into your system on sun exposure.

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