DIY Sunscreen (Salicylate free)

Zinc Oxide is the ingredient I use to make a natural sunscreen.It is highly effective and personally tested. I used my homemade 20SPF sunscreen when I spent 2 hours in the sun on a lake, and you could TOTALLY see the burnt red spots where I didn’t use sunscreen!!

OK, here’s what you need:

Zinc Oxide in powder form.

A really good scale


I use it at a ratio of 20%, and so provides a  20-25 SPF shield

Here’s how I mix mine:

Place a small metal bowl on your scale, make sure it goes to Zero so you aren’t calculating the wieght of the bowl.

Scoop a couple Tbsp of lotion into your bowl, check the weight and using your calculator, figure out what 20% of that amount is.

Now, make the scale go to zero with the bowl and lotion still on it, and weigh in your amount of zinc that you calculated. be careful, this zinc powder is VERY fine and will get all over you if you aren’t careful!

Gently stir together.

It will last years because of the anti microbial and anti fungal activities of Zinc Oxide 🙂

“Because it absorbs both UVA and UVB rays of ultraviolet light, zinc oxide can be used in ointments, creams, and lotions to protect against sunburn and other damage to the skin caused by ultraviolet light. It is the broadest spectrum UVA and UVB absorber that is approved for use as a sunscreen by FDA, and is completely photostable. Additionally, since zinc oxide has anti microbial and anti fungal activities, it is the number one active ingredient recommended by pediatricians for the treatment of diaper rash.”Source: Wikipedia

*Please note this DIY post is not FDA or Health Canada tested and approved or anything, just personally used and tested to be sure it works 🙂

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6 Responses to DIY Sunscreen (Salicylate free)

  1. sac hermes says:

    I love the way you wrote this article. This is wonderful. I do hope you intend to write more of these types of articles. Thank you for this interesting content!

  2. ElizaBeth says:

    When I was reading some DIY recipes for sun block some even suggest using zinc oxide diaper cream as an ingredient. 🙂 I haven’t tried it yet, but when the store bought stuff is out, I’m going to give it a go. It HAS to be less costly than the little bottle I bought. I’m so thankful that you have these and share so freely with us.

    • Christine says:

      Glad to help ElizaBeth!! 🙂
      Ya, I have heard that too, just make sure all the ingredients of your diaper rash stuff is salicylate free if you are on the Guaifenesin Protocol!

      My Zinc Oxide was pretty cheap to buy, so I never looked into that. My mom tried it, but I don’t remember if she said it worked or not!

  3. Elly says:

    Just wondering what lotion you have used in this recipe please 🙂

    • Christine says:

      Hi Elly 🙂
      I just use my own homemade lotion with the Zinc! But it needs a little more water as my lotion is so thick. More runny lotions are best.

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