How To Make Your Own Natural Sunscreen

Being outside, any time of year can cause you to get a sunburn. Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall, your exposed skin is susceptible.

Most of us naturally spend more time outside, gardening, tending animals, foraging, or just enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. Getting fresh air and sunshine is vital to health, actually.

You still need to be protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, and there are times when a big hand, sunglasses, and light-colored t-shirts may not be enough. Slathering on a commercial sunscreen isn’t always in your best interest, as there may be chemicals you want to stay away from.

Making your own natural sunscreen is pretty easy and will go a long way towards protecting your skin.

DIY Natural Sunscreen


  • 2 oz. virgin coconut oil
  • 1 oz. shea butter
  • 15 drops lavender Essential Oil optional
  • 2 oz. zinc oxide powder


  • Carefully melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler until just melted.
  • Add the zinc oxide powder and stir until the powder is all mixed in. This took a long time.
  • Add the essential oils, and mix through.


  • Store in the fridge.
  • Use liberally and apply every 2 hours, or after swimming or heavy sweating.

Ways To Avoid Sunburn

  • Cover your head with a hat,
  • Wear lightly colored, loose clothing
  • Stay out of the sun during the most intense parts of the day (10AM – 2PM)

If you do happen to get a sunburn though, you want to treat it as quickly as possible to help soothe the pain. Get a recipe for sunburn-soothing lotion here.

Applying a light layer of coconut oil directly on the burn can help to soothe pain, as well as keep it moist to minimize peeling.

What do you do to protect yourself against sunburn? Will you try this natural sunscreen?

6 thoughts on “How To Make Your Own Natural Sunscreen”

  1. Clancy Harrison RD

    I am always on the hunt for a good sunscreen recipe. I cannot wait to try this one! Thank you so much.

    1. Heather Harris

      this size batch is what I take with us for a weekend at the beach for 5 people. It only lasts us about 2-3 days when we are putting it on every couple of hours.

  2. I’ve been weary about my own sunscreen because I’ve never worked with zinc oxide. You said it took a long time to mix in, so that’s good to know. About how long did it take to make and what do you store it in?

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