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How to make your own sunscreen


Sunscreen helps protect your skin from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are responsible for more than 90 percent of skin cancer cases in the United States. Sara Gomendi, ND, a naturopathic resident at our Tulsa hospital, appears on Good Morning Texas to explain how to make your own sunscreen.

The sunscreen is comprised of the following four ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of coconut or almond oil (SPF ~5)
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax granules
  • 1 tablespoop carrot or raspberry seed oil (SPF ~35)
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (non-citrus)

Gomendi offers advice for proper use of sunscreen: “What’s really going to protect your skin from the sun is frequent application of sunscreen. You want to make sure you’re reapplying it every one to two hours and again after swimming or sweating."

Learn more about skin cancer risk factors.