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Now that the sun is shining again from time to time and is becoming more and more powerful, it is time to get out the sunscreen again. We often forget, but applying sunscreen is a must. There are three types of UV radiation. The best known are UVA and UVB. The sunlight that reaches our earth consists of approximately 95% UVA radiation. This radiation does not burn your skin, but it does penetrate deep into your skin, which can damage your DNA and age your skin. UVB is the radiation that causes sunburn, but it also provides vitamin D, which is good for you. So grab some sunshine, but make sure you apply sunscreen.

How does SPF work?

The SPF ( Sun Protection Factor ) of the sunscreen determines how long you can spend in the sun. You can do an easy calculation with it. If you burn after 10 minutes in the sun without sunscreen, you will burn after 40 minutes with an SPF 4 and after 100 minutes with factor 10. So the higher the factor, the longer you can lie in the sun. If you take a dip in the pool or sea, you still have to apply sunscreen again! It's all very difficult, but when the sun shines, enjoy it to the fullest, just apply enough and listen to your body and you'll be fine.

TIP : avoid the sun between 12:00 and 15:00, because that is when it is most powerful and you burn the fastest.

How does SPF work?

DIY sunscreen ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of beeswax granules
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons zinc oxide (more or less depending on the SPF you want)

Preparation method

  1. Melt the beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and almond oil in a bain marie over a low heat. If necessary, add 1 teaspoon of vitamin E (this will help it last longer). If you want to give it a nice scent, you can also add a few drops of essential oil (not citrus!).
  2. Once everything is melted, add the zinc oxide and mix very well with a hand mixer.
  3. Pour it into a jar and let it cool. The more zinc oxide you add, the higher the SPF.

PLEASE NOTE : You madu, the maker of this recipe, emphasizes that when making your own sunscreen you can never be sure what the SPF is without testing it in a lab. Therefore, always be careful and avoid long exposure to the sun during the afternoon hours. First test your sunscreen on parts of the body that burn less quickly and certainly do not go out into the sun for hours.

You Madu DIY sunscreen

My experience with this DIY package
The cream smells a bit musty if you don't add essential oil, so I add a nice scent and vitamin E drops for shelf life. I have already been able to use my homemade sunscreen a number of times, so soon the pan can be put back on the stove for the second batch.

Do you also want to get started?

If you want to do it yourself, you can buy this package at You Madu , where you can also shop for other nice DIY packages.

Author - Tessa Droge
Office manager and planner as a profession and in her spare time she loves reading, good food, shopping and traveling. She likes to extensively test the things that give her so much pleasure. She tries (new) products for Happlify and writes about her findings. You will certainly encounter her here more often.

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