Two-in-One: Moisturizer + Sunscreen
Isn’t it exciting to know that you can actually make your own face moisturizer + make your own sunscreen as well?! Now imagine making your own homemade face moisturizer with SPF – that’s two-in-one plus it contains all natural skin loving ingredients! I’m so excited to be sharing with you this easy peasy face moisturizer recipe. XD
Below, let’s explore the ingredients we’re going to use and their benefits.
Note: I know some of you might be ready to ask me the scientific sources I got for the SPF levels of each. I did my research guys! I got my SPF level source of raspberry seed oil from this publication (1) and the rest of the oils and essential oils, I got their SPFs from this study (2). Note: Links to studies are listed in the References below.
→ Red Raspberry Seed Oil (SPF: 28-50) – As I’ve explained above and cited evidence as well, this oil does have natural SPF and a very high one at that. It also keeps skin smooth and supple!
→ Coconut Oil (SPF: 8) – A most loved moisturizing ingredient, coconut oil sinks right into the skin due to its small molecular structure and seals in moisture. It also has antibacterial properties that keep off icky germs.
→ Sweet Almond Oil (SPF: 5) – This sweet scented oil has skin softening properties and its light consistency makes it a good choice in this homemade face moisturizer recipe because it won’t leave a heavy greasy feel.
→ Lavender Essential Oil (SPF: 6) – Tell me, just what can’t lavender essential oil do?! It’s not surprising that this extremely versatile oil protects skin from UVB damage with its SPF of 6, given its many wondrous skin benefits including soothing sensitive skin and preventing pre-mature wrinkles among others.
→ Lemongrass Essential Oil (SPF: 6.3) – Lemongrass is obtained from freshly cut blades of grass from the lemongrass plant so it’s not a citrus oil, which are known to cause sun sensitivity. It’s a fresh smelling essential oil that keeps skin excess oil free as well as tightens large pores and firms sagging skin. Its natural astringent properties make it great for cutting down on the oiliness of this face moisturizer.
→ Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Powder (SPF: 2-45, depending on how much you use) – This ingredient is the main natural sun block ingredient used in many sunscreens and it has a high SPF. I listed just a tsp because I’m not sure if a lot might leave a white residue on skin, which won’t look great for us tanned/brown skinned gals…plus this recipe already has a high SPF even without the non-nano zinc oxide, anyway. Here’s the source I got the SPF value range from (3). Why non-nano? Because this type has large enough particles that won’t enter the bloodstream through the skin thus causing no health issues later on.
Now onto the beauty recipe!
How to a Homemade Face Moisturizer with SPF
- ¼ cup of shea butter (get it here)
- ¼ cup of coconut oil (get it here)
- ¼ cup of sweet almond oil (get it here)
- 1 tsp of red raspberry seed oil (get it here)
- 7 drops of lavender essential oil (get it here)
- 4 drops of lemongrass essential oil (get it here)
- 1 tsp nan-nano zinc oxide powder (get it here)
- Using a double boiler, gently melt your shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil to liquid form. Remember you can create your own double boiler by filling a saucepan with a couple inches water then resting a heat proof bowl over the saucepan (the bowl shouldn’t touch the water). Add the ingredients you want to liquefy in the bowl. Place your makeshift double boiler on the stove and heat over a low flame. Stir it to quicken the melting process! This is going to take a very short time, by the way so keep your eyes peeled.
- Once completely melted, remove from heat and briskly stir in the non-nano zinc oxide powder until it’s thoroughly combined with the rest of the ingredients.
- Then place the mixture in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes to cool down and set into a semi-solid form that is, you want it to be creamy – something that’s not completely liquid but not rock hard as well – just somewhere in between.
- After the time is up, take it out and add the rest of the ingredients.
- Using a hand mixer, beat the mixture to form a silky cream. It may take anywhere from 5 to 7 minutes.
- Voila! Your very own homemade face moisturizer with SPF is ready!
- Scoop into a clean container and store in a cool dry and dark place.
To use, get a tiny amount and apply all over your face after cleansing it and before headin’ out!
- I can’t tell the exact SPF of this homemade face moisturizer since it obviously hasn’t been tested in a lab but I’d say it has a high SPF, given that all the natural ingredients used have SPF’s of over 4, with some going up to 50.
- Depending on your skin tone, feel free to add a bit of cocoa powder to tint your moisturizer.