While the market has multiple products with varying degrees of SPF protection, if you have sensitive skin, you could consider at-home solutions that will get the job done just as well.
The key ingredient in all of them is zinc oxide, a mineral that protects you from UVA and UVB rays. The other ingredients in these natural remedies are essentially just ancillaries that provide some extra nourishment and hydration to your skin.
Here’s how you can whip them up.
1Coconut Oil Sunscreen
Melt 3 oz coconut oil, 2 oz almond oil, 1 oz beeswax, 1oz shea butter, and 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil in a double boiler. Once it melts, take it off the heat and slowly add 1.5 oz zinc oxide. Leave it to rest and then apply as you would a normal sunscreen.
2Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Sunscreen
Melt 2 oz shea butter and 2 oz coconut oil in a double boiler. Turn off the heat and then add 1 oz zinc oxide. Let it cool before you start using the mix as a sunblock.
3Grapeseed Oil Sunscreen
In a double boiler, melt 1tbsp beeswax and 1/4 cup grapeseed oil. Remove from heat and stir in 2-3 capsules of vitamin E. Then mix 5 tsp zinc oxide and leave aside. In another pan, heat half cup water and 3 tbsp aloe vera gel, till it warms up.
Pour it into the mixture and stir. Let it partially solidify before you start to use it for sun protection.
4Jojoba Oil Sunscreen
Melt 1 oz emulsifying wax with 8 oz jojoba oil. Then, add 10 drops of coconut essential oil. Measure the lotion and apply an equal part of zinc oxide to it. Stir well, allow it to cool and then apply.
5Shea Butter Sunscreen
In a double boiler, melt 2.5 oz shea butter. Take it off the heat and then add 1.5 oz grapeseed oil, 15 drops of carrot seed essential oil, 10 drops of geranium essential oil, and lastly, 1.5 tbsp zinc oxide. Stir and refrigerate, taking it out only to stir it every 5 minutes till it becomes thick. Use as and when necessary.