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Make your own sunscreen: the best recipes and tips

Make natural sun protection yourself

Sunscreen can be made from many natural oils and fats yourself, as these have their own light factor. These include, for example, chia butter, cocoa butter or coconut oil. Coconut oil also helps against ticks and cocoa butter against mosquitoes. Sesame oil and raspberry oil have a particularly high sun protection factor. Carrot seed oil also supplies the body with vitamins A and E, wheat germ oil also contains a lot of vitamin E.

Healthy skin through vitamins

Vitamins A, C and E are important for the skin and strengthen it against the effects of the sun. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and the body does not store it. Unlike many animals, humans are unable to synthesize vitamin C, so we have to ingest the substance with food. It influences collagen synthesis and is therefore indispensable for the connective tissue. This in turn holds the body together - the skin, the bones, teeth, blood vessels etc.

Vitamin C can be found in all citrus fruits, i.e. limes, limes, lemons, oranges, mandarins, grapefruit and grapefruit. Other fruits that contain a lot of the vitamin are pineapple, papaya, strawberries, currants, blueberries, cranberries and raspberries and watermelons.

Vitamin E ensures that the cells can work together and the connection between bones and muscles works. It also stops cellulite and smoothes the connective tissue. It protects the skin's moisture.

Vitamin E is found in good doses in green leafy vegetables, nuts, wheat and lentils, as well as in whole grains. Animal products rarely contain the substance, exceptions are liver, heart and kidneys as well as milk and eggs. The substance balances certain hormones and helps against indigestion. The best sources of vitamin E are vegetable oils, especially olive, corn and soybean oils.

Vitamin A is responsible for eyesight, bone growth, the development of teeth, the immune system, the reproduction of cells, the formation of hormones, for healthy skin and hair. It is found in two forms in nature - preformed vitamin A and provitamin A, also known as carotene. Sources are animals and plants.

The retinol form is found in animal products such as liver, eggs and milk, while the beta-carotene is found in plants such as carrots, sweet potatoes, mangoes, spinach, pumpkins and apricots.

Everyday sunscreen

You need:

  • 50 grams of cocoa butter
  • 50 grams of coconut oil
  • 80 grams of sesame oil
  • 20 grams of raspberry oil
  • 20 teaspoons of carrot seed oil
  • 20 teaspoons of vanilla extract for the fragrance

You put all the ingredients together in a water bath and let them melt on low heat - with constant stirring. Then fill the mixture into suitable containers such as old cream jars or used shower gel bottles and put them in the fridge. The cream remains there. If you bring the cream to the sun and apply it, it will become more fluid, and it will remain creamy at room temperature.

What ingredients promise high sun protection?

If the sun is weak, you can rub yourself with pure coconut oil if you like the smell. It has a sun protection factor of 4, chia butter and cocoa butter also move in this area. Sesame butter also only has a protection factor of 4, but blocks up to 30 percent of UV rays.

Carrot oil promotes cell growth through carotene and thus strengthens smooth skin. The sun protection factor is ten times higher than that of the fats discussed first and is between 30 and 40 percent. Raspberry seed oil is exorbitantly expensive compared to coke oil. However, it has an SPF of 28-50 against UVB rays and 8 against UVA rays.

Essential oils

Essential oils ensure a pleasant fragrance of the cream. But beware: do not use citrus oils. They not only reduce sun protection, but also promote sunburn.

Eucalyptus, mint and lavender are best suited. You literally kill two birds with one stone: these essential oils scare off ticks and are an effective home remedy for mosquitoes and brakes. So firstly they protect themselves from the sun, secondly they smell good and thirdly they protect themselves against insect bites. This addition is particularly suitable for outdoor trips.

Recipe for sunscreen with a high protection factor of 30


  • 25 grams of coconut oil
  • 100 grams of sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons of carrot oil
  • 2 grams of beeswax
  • 20 grams of zinc oxide
  • 10-20 drops of eucayptus, mint or lavender oil

First melt the beeswax, coconut and sesame oil in a water bath and gently stir in the remaining ingredients with a whisk. Then fill the mass in a container and let it harden. Depending on the temperature, the cream is more fluid, spreadable or hard and lasts for at least one year.

If you don't want to use zinc oxide, you can also use raspberry seed oil. The finished cream then has a protection factor of around 20.

Recipe for sunscreen without zinc oxide
  • 50 grams of coconut oil
  • 100 grams of sesame oil
  • 15 milliliters of raspberry seed oil
  • 3 tablespoons of carrot oil
  • 2 grams of grated beeswax
  • and essential oils as above

Melt beeswax and coconut oil in a water bath and stir in the remaining ingredients with a whisk.

When it should go fast

If you need an effective cream quickly, simply mix 5 tablespoons of coconut oil and 4 tablespoons of zinc oxide in a saucepan. You can apply this mixture immediately. If you store the cream in a cool place, the zinc oxide does not settle. The sun protection is around 20.

Make carrot oil yourself

If you don't want to buy carrot seed oil, you can make carrot oil yourself. Put 50 ml of sesame oil and a grated carrot in a jar, warm both in a water bath until the oil turns orange and the carrots are soft. Then sift the oil through a tea towel and chill it.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera provides light sun protection. This optically similar cactus plant from arid regions probably originates from Arabia, but is now grown from the Canary Islands to India and Mexico.
The plant juice not only cares for the skin, it is also a proven home remedy for sunburn and can be used against burn injuries. An active ingredient in the plant called barbaloin absorbs UV rays. If the juice is mixed with oil into a cream, we have a sun protection factor of around six.
Homemade creams made from fresh aloe vera slime a little and have to be consumed quickly.

Preparation of aloe vera sun gel
  1. You cut an aloe vera leaf off the stem / stem
  2. Allow the yellow liquid that drips from the interface to drain.
  3. Then cut the sheet in half lengthways
  4. Use a knife to scrape the liquid, slimy gel out of the half of the leaf
  5. You drain it into a mug

You can then apply the gel directly to the skin or mix it with cocoa butter, coconut, jojoba or sesame oil. Apply the gel or mixture directly to the skin. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Dr. phil. Utz Anhalt, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch


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