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Natural Sunscreen Recipe – Sun Protection, Naturally!

Natural Sunscreen Recipe – Sun Protection, Naturally!

I first shared my natural sunscreen / sun protection recipe in the July 2011 issue of Simply Beautiful.

Many people have been surprised by natural ingredients having such high Sun Protection Factors (SPFs). Coconut oil has SPF10, hazelnut oil SPF 15, Red Raspberry Seed Oil has an astonishing SPF of between 28 and 50! When considering lotions, SPF is the first thing everybody looks at, but many people do not realise that SPF actually represents the length of time you can stay out without being burnt. In other words, SPF 15 means that you can stay out 15 times longer than if you were wearing no lotion at all. I have mixed opinions about sunscreen, as there are some extraordinary health benefits to being in the sun’s rays and letting your skin soak them up and I think that it may actually be the chemicals in some sunscreens causing skin cancer (call me crazy if you will).

When it comes to the sun, there are two types of rays – UVA and UVB. UVB rays are essential for the skin’s production of Vitamin D, but can cause sunburn. UVA rays penetrate deeper and can cause melanoma, a skin cancer. Sunscreens reduce the body’s production of Vitamin D by up to 97-99.9% and Vitamin D has many roles in the body, such as promoting health and strong bones, supporting heart and kidney function, enhancing muscle strength and optimising blood pressure and cholesterol levels. There is evidence that sun exposure without burning can not only significantly decrease the risk of melanoma, but also protects against other types of cancer. These is also a fascinating study which suggested the less exposure people had to the sun the higher the risk of melanoma.

Ideally we should build up our exposure to the sun’s rays little by little but if you cannot subject yourself to a little more sun day by day, if you are going to be out in the sun all day long and/or if you can’t keep yourself covered up whilst in the sun then make this recipe and use this lotion to protect yourself naturally.

Natural Sunscreen Recipe Ingredients

50ml Red Raspberry Seed Oil
25ml Rice Bran Oil
4ml Vitamin E Oil
10 drops Lavender Oil

To make, simply mix the above quantities together. You may wish to use a spritzer bottle to ease application. Apply all over half an hour before heading out in to the sun. This mixture will give you an overall SPF of around 30. And not a nasty chemical in sight! Red raspberry seed oil is anti-inflammatory, nourishing, condition and it is the high fatty acid content which defends the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Rice bran oil has a low SPF of 4, however it is also packed full of antioxidants which protect against free radical damage to slow down the aging process and has been used by Japanese women for centuries to smooth out wrinkles. Vitamin E is absorbed deep in the skin where it helps protect against UV damage; it also helps prevent age spots and plays an important role in the prevention of skin cancer due to its powerful antioxidant properties. Lavender oil is also a great anti-inflammatory and has great healing powers for sun damaged skin.

Natural Sunscreen Sun Protection Recipe

I hope you like my natural sunscreen recipe for sun protection, naturally! Let me know how you get on with it!

  • September 20, 2012

    Rebecca, what a great recipe! It’s so easy to make and I’m sure it smells so delicious!:) Thank you for this one, if you don’t mind I repin it:)

  • C S
    January 28, 2013

    I had no idea that you could have an organic product with high-ish SPF! This is fantastic and will give it a go! However, I have a friend who has VERY oily skin and would run a mile from an oily product, particulary for her face. Would you suggest any non-oily alternatives to this recipe? Thanks!!!

    • Gee
      May 22, 2013

      I also am curious about an alternative that isn’t oily. My boyfriend hates chemical filled sunscreen but also doesnt like oily. At the beach the sand is going to just stick to us.

    • Kate
      June 18, 2013

      Hazelnut oil is an astringent oil and recommended for use on oily skin, so would be a great base oil for this recipe.

    • Lindsay
      September 10, 2013

      I am going to try argan oil mixed instead of the rice bran oil. I use argan for a moisturizer and I have very oily skin which is prone to breakouts. This oil helps clear up my skin and does not leave my face oily.

  • Bella
    April 5, 2013

    Can I replace lavender oil with something else?

  • Marie Hall
    April 16, 2013

    This is a great piece! I had no idea that the raspberry seed oil was so high. I have also heard that sesame oil has a natural spf of about 8… love it when I come across ‘recipes’ like this. For those that DO end up staying out in the sun too long, peppermint hydrolat mixed 50-50 with lavender hydrolat is a great one to cool down and heal redness. Your blog is great 🙂

  • matt
    June 1, 2013

    from what sources did you get the SPF ratings? really wanna try this out!

  • Bei Bei C
    June 8, 2013

    OMG!! I have to try this… Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Jessica
    April 11, 2014

    Rebecca, I came across your recipe for sunscreen and am excited to try it. Two questions:n1) I’m having trouble finding red raspberry seed oil here in the states. I can buy off amazon but the companies don’t seem too reputable. Any brand suggestions I can buy here?n2) is this safe for babies? I have a 5 month old. nnThanks!!!!

  • Kristin
    April 20, 2014

    Can I replace the rice bran oil with almond oil?

  • Jessica
    May 6, 2014

    This is wonderful! I am searching for natural alternatives to sunscreen, because of precancerous cells i have to be careful in the sun. Any idea if this is water/sweat proof? Thanks!

  • Diane
    May 26, 2014

    For very nice raspberry seed oil, try Natures Gift (naturesgift.com probably) I understand that cranberry seed oil is pretty good too – does not the numbers of raspberry seed but 1/4 of the price.

  • Diane
    May 26, 2014

    woops – double checking; RR is $28 per oz and CB is $18 oz. Geez, it’s not easy being green!

  • June 3, 2014

    I’m going to try this for the Summer, however I’m going to substitute wheatgerm oil for the vitamin E oil. Wheatgerm is high in vitamin E, so I think it will be fine.


  • Patrick
    January 13, 2015

    Hello Rebecca,
    how many applications does your recipe render for the face? I also know that some essential oils do not take well to plastic so, I will be using a glass bottle. The sun is also an enemy to some essential oils so, a tinted bottle or cabinet is usually recommended. I have not done my research yet, on the oils that you have listed so, they may not require any of these measurements. I just wanted to throw that bit of information out there. Thanks for the wonderful tip! I am allergic to all of the commercial sunscreens that I have tried. I suffer from post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, as a result of acne. I hope this helps.

  • July 14, 2015

    Wow! This recipe looks so yummy for the skin. Thanks for this Rebecca! I would share this recipe to my friends! 🙂

  • October 31, 2016

    I love natural 🙂 nice to see 🙂

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