Day by day, there are increasingly more advertisements for sunscreen products, which are commercially available. But not all are beneficial for the skin, as they may contain toxic substances that can actually increase the risk of skin cancer.
To make a sunscreen lotion at home you’ll need oil (can be olive oil, sunflower oil or soya oil), emulsifying wax and zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
Also, you’ll need:
- A mixer (that you will no longer use for aliments)
- A silicone spatula
- A plastic bag
- A container for lotion
- A container used for measuring quantities
- Plastic gloves
- A mask to avoid inhalation of substances
Start the preparation process by placing into a container 30 grams of wax. Put this in the microwave for one minute, then add 230 milliliters of oil. If it starts to harden, you can put the contents back in the microwave for a few seconds.
Now put your gloves and mask and go to the next step. Add zinc oxide or titanium dioxide in the above mixture. If you choose zinc oxide, it has to be in a quantity of 4% of the mixture for a protection of 2-5 SPF, 8% for a protection of 6-11 SPF, 12% for 12-19 SPF and 20% protection for the protection of more than 20.
If you choose titanium dioxide, it has to be 5% for a protection of 2-5 SPF, 10% for a protection of 6-11 SPF, 15% for 12-19 SPF and 25% protection for the protection of more than 20.
Stir until the powder is completely absorbed by the lotion formed from oil and wax.
Put the contents into a container from which you can easily apply the lotion obtained. Don’t foget to put a label to remember what is in it.
If you want the lotion to also have a repellent effect, add 5-10 ml of essential oils such as:
- Cinnamon oil (mosquitoes)
- Neem oil (mosquitoes, fleas, flies, small insects)
- Eucalyptus oil (mosquitoes, ticks, lice)
- Citronella oil (mosquitoes and flies)
- Castor oil (mosquitoes)
- Rose and geranium (ticks and lice)
- Peppermint (spiders)
Okay, now you can go to the beach without worry.
If you’re not willing to make a mess in the house, do not start this process. But at the same time, if you need a lotion for sensitive skin, then buy a lotion fro sensitive skin from the store and add zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.