Now that the sun is shining once in a while and getting more and more powerful, it's time to get out the sunscreen again. We often forget, but rubbing is really a must. There are three types of UV radiation. The most well-known are UVA and UVB. The sunlight that reaches our earth consists of about 95% UVA radiation. This radiation does not burn your skin, but it does penetrate deep into your skin, which can damage your DNA and age your skin. UVB is the radiation that does cause burns, but it also provides vitamin D, which is good for you. So grab that sunshine but make sure to use it well.
How does SPF work?
The SPF ( Sun Protection Factor ) of the sunscreen determines how long you can be in the sun. You can run an easy calculation on it. If you burn yourself after being in the sun for 10 minutes without sunscreen, you will burn with an SPF 4 after 40 minutes and with factor 10 after 100 minutes. So the higher the factor, the longer you can lie in the sun. If you take a dip in the pool or sea, you have to reapply! All very difficult, but when the sun shines, enjoy it to the fullest, just apply enough and listen to your body and you'll be fine.
TIP : avoid the sun between 12 noon - 3 pm, because that is when it is most powerful and you burn the fastest.
Ingredients DIY sunscreen
- 1 tablespoon beeswax granules
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons almond oil
- 2 tablespoons zinc oxide (more or less depending on the SPF you want)
- Melt the beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and almond oil over a low heat in a bain marie. Optionally, add 1 teaspoon of vitamin E (this will help keep it longer). If you want to give it a nice scent, you can also add a few drops of essential oil (no citrus!).
- Once everything is melted, add the zinc oxide and mix very well with a hand mixer.
- Pour it into a jar and let it cool. The more zinc oxide you add, the higher the SPF.
PLEASE NOTE : You madu, the creator of this recipe, emphasizes that when making your own sunscreen you can never be sure what the SPF is without having it tested in a lab. Therefore, always be careful and always avoid long exposure to the sun during the afternoon hours. First test your sunscreen on body parts that burn less quickly and certainly do not go out into the sun for hours.
My experience with this DIY package
The cream smells a bit stale if you don't add essential oil to it, so I add a nice scent and vitamin E drops for the shelf life. I myself have been able to use my homemade sunscreen a number of times, so soon the pan will be back on the fire for the second batch.
Do you also want to get started?
If you want to do it yourself, you can buy this package at You Madu where you can also shop other nice DIY packages.
Author - Tessa Droge
Office manager and planner by profession and in her spare time fond of reading, good food, shopping and travelling. She likes to test the things she enjoys so much. For Happlify she tries (new) products and writes about her findings. You will definitely see her here more often.