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DIY SPF? Homemade Sunscreen

DIY SPF? Homemade Sunscreen

13 May 2021 by Ted Escobedo   2 min read

There are plenty of homemade sunscreen recipes on the internet, but few of them will actually protect your skin from cancer-causing UVB and UVA rays. offers this Homemade sunscreen with aloe vera and coconut oil. Aloe vera is a good active ingredient to reach for in your homemade sunscreen arsenal. It’s been proven to both treat and prevent burns on your skin. This recipe isn’t waterproof, and it’ll need to be reapplied often.


1/4 cup coconut oil (has an SPF of 7)

2 (or more) tbsp. powdered zinc oxide

1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel (must be 50 percent or higher pure aloe)

25 drops walnut extract oil for scent and an added SPF

1 cup (or less) shea butter for a spreadable consistency



  • Combine all ingredients, except the zinc oxide and aloe vera gel, in a medium saucepan. Let the shea butter and oils melt together at medium heat.
  • Let cool for several minutes before stirring in aloe vera gel.
  • Cool completely before adding zinc oxide. Mix well to make sure the zinc oxide is distributed throughout. You may want to add some beeswax or another waxy substance for a stickier consistency.
  • Store in a glass jar, and keep in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use.
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