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The Truth About Homemade Sunscreen Recipes

Posted by on Jun. 9, 2014 at 1:38 PM
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Please don't make your own sunscreen. If even the thought of doing that sounds crazy to you (and it should), then you'll be as surprised as we were to hear about a rumor that home-brewed "sunscreens" (a major misnomer) actually work.

Just look at Pinterest and you'll find recipes that call for ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, zinc, and titanium dioxide. But even if you can find zinc and titanium dioxide (your guess is as good as ours where you'd do that), you 100 percent cannot make an effective sunscreen at home. For one thing, you have no clue what level of SPF you're getting—if any.

"I have to use a high-pressure machine called a homogenizer to break up zinc and titanium dioxode particles and distribute them evenly through a formula," says cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson. "There's no way mixing with a spoon or a blender can come even close to do doing that, so you're going to have entire areas of skin that are exposed to UV rays." Also, coconut oil is a horrible base. "It doesn't mix well with physical blockers, and it's too thick to disperse them adequately, even with the kind of technology I have access to," says Wilson.

And if you're using coconut oil or rosehip oil—or any oil—you're more likely to burn. "Homemade sunscreens do more harm than good, because oils can absorb light, making UV rays penetrate the skin more," says Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist in New York City. "That has the same effect as greasing up with baby lotion when you go to the beach. You're increasing your risk for skin cancer." And if you're not already convinced, store-bought SPFs contain a variety of sunscreens because different ingredients protect against different wavelengths of UV rays. "You're not getting adequate protection from just zinc and titanium dioxide alone," says Zeichner. "There's a reason even the most natural companies have to include chemicals in their suncreens," adds Wilson. "It's for your safety. There's a lot of chemistry that goes into an SPF." If all that sounds harsh, it's only because we care.

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babie113
by Bronze Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 1:43 PM
I think its stupid to make your own you have no clue if it even works or if it could even be harmful .

Whats next make your own Prozac?

There is a reason we have scientists and drs

jjchick75
by Bronze Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 1:52 PM
Yeah I would never do that, just doesn't seem smart.
PinkButterfly66
by Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I never even considered it.  I buy sunscreen with zinc and titanium.  And people who say that coconut oil is an effective sunscreen, I just laugh at them.  My sister and I used baby oil as a tanning oil when we were teens.  I know what oil does to the skin when exposd to the sun.  That's why I baste my Thanksgiving Turkey with butter!!

Onulha
by Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 3:14 PM
I just use coconut oil.
abra
by Abra on Jun. 9, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Oh goodness! Coconut oil is great if you are trying to get a tan fast, but it is awful as a sunscreen. Coconut oil has an SPF of 7 -- which is actually LESS than Olive oil! 

For more info check out http://nodontpinthat.blogspot.com/2014/02/coconut-oil-as-sunscreen.html

Quoting Onulha: I just use coconut oil.


KelliansMom
by Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 4:43 PM
I have yet to find a store brand of sunscreen that doesn't leave me with a rash of hives :(
Ninjascreenname
by Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 4:45 PM
Make your own vaccines kit......

Quoting babie113: I think its stupid to make your own you have no clue if it even works or if it could even be harmful .

Whats next make your own Prozac?

There is a reason we have scientists and drs

Onulha
by Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 4:54 PM
I know what SPF it has, but thank you for the info. I prefer it to anything else out there :)

Quoting abra:

Oh goodness! Coconut oil is great if you are trying to get a tan fast, but it is awful as a sunscreen. Coconut oil has an SPF of 7 -- which is actually LESS than Olive oil! 

For more info check out http://nodontpinthat.blogspot.com/2014/02/coconut-oil-as-sunscreen.html

Quoting Onulha: I just use coconut oil.

ditsyjo
by Member on Jun. 9, 2014 at 9:08 PM
I don't use sunscreen at all unless we are going to be out all day ... If we're going to get skin cancer either way I'd just as soon avoid vitamin D deficiency to go with it.
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