Jul 20, 2012

DIY Beauty Fridays: Easy Homemade Sunscreen

The view from outside my office window....boo!
Summer is finally here! Of course, you wouldn't know it in Vancouver today as it's completely gloomy, dark and raining. Aside from today though, this week has been gorgeous and hot!

What comes alongside hot weather you ask? Sweatiness, sunstroke and sunburns, of course. The latter being my best friend during the summer months. I am not one of those people that tan, at all. I would have to get a sunburn just to gain a little summer glow. But with all the worries of the thinning ozone layer and the burns becoming more severe, getting a little pink tint isn't even an option anymore. Sunscreen should, and will, be your best friend. So, why not learn to make your own?

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  Easy Homemade Sunscreen 

 One bottle of your favorite lotion/body moisturizer (that doesn't contain citrus oil!!)
2 TBSP zinc oxide 

That's it!  I could, of course, go into great detail about creating a sunscreen with coconut oil, beeswax, etc but this one is quick, easy and very inexpensive!!  Mix ingredients together and slather on your body.  (Quick Tip: the more zinc oxide added means the higher the SPF but beware, zinc oxide does not blend into your skin so you don't want to use too much.  The 2 TBSP of zinc will give you a natural  SPF of about 20.)

Sunscreen products are very expensive these days and being able to create your own makes all the difference.  (Especially when you're in the final month and three weeks of wedding planning.)  Try this out ladies and let me know your thoughts.

Happy Tanning!



  1. I had no idea you could do this!! Love it! Thanks for sharing! xo

  2. Awesome, thanks! Now I wonder where I could get my hands on this...

  3. Neat!! I will have to try this, did you know that some sunscreens could be bad for you? And if you can make it yourself and know exactly what you put in it the better right?

  4. Hi Christina!

    I just wanted to say hello. I saw this post and recognized that ugly, gloomy weather anywhere. I am from Vancouver as well but I live in Las Vegas now. Miss home though but definitely not the rainy weather :) Anyways great blog and great tips!


Thanks for the love!...XO Christina

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