Sunscreen Variation

I made another batch of my Rose Sunscreen today, but altered the recipe slightly to treat my skin to some different actives.

I subbed out the CoQ10 and replaced it with Alpha Lipoic Acid.  A truly beautiful active that works well in sunscreen. Where the skin is being guarded against free radicals, it’s important to have antioxidants around to deal with them. I kept the percentage at 1% to guard against any irritation, but so far, my skin loves it.

I also subbed in Egg Lecithin instead of my usual lecithin, as I haven’t used it in a sunscreen before. It does have a slightly egg-y smell, but my skin LOVES it, and it gives the sunscreen a really silky look. It is ever so slightly gritty, but if my skin loves it, I’m fine with that.

You can see how smooth the formula is, even in the early stages. This is the first stage of Egg Lecithin + Oil + Alpha Lipoic Acid. Quite beautiful.

I’m still working at a 24% Zinc Oxide content. I do get a very slight white caste at this intensity, but it doesn’t look unnatural (as you can see in this picture) and I enjoy seeing evidence of my sun protection. Of course, this probably also has a lot to do with the fact that I spend a lot of time peering closely at myself in mirrors!). If you want completely invisible sunscreen, you may like to reduce the ZnO content to 20%. 18% is generally regarded as the minimum content for effective sunscreen, but I go to 24% because I’m quite overzealous about my skin.

I'm still using this Zinc Oxide

I’m also loving the new airless pumps at Skin Essential Actives. So glam!

As you can see, I put the leftovers in a pot. Not nearly as glam as the pumps.

Lastly, I added a jasmine essential oil rather that rose, as it’s springtime here in Western Australia.

Good luck with your DIY adventures 🙂

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2 Responses to Sunscreen Variation

  1. Renata says:


    Thank you for posting this recipe, I am certainly going to make it.
    I wonder how much you put on your face. Since it is zinc oxide based, do you apply less than you would do with a chemical sunscreen?
    I must say that I really enjoy reading your blog, thank you for all the information.

  2. Zay says:

    Hi, I really found this article helpful. I was just wondering where you get your zinc oxide from now as Skin Essential Actives is no longer in business?

    Kind regards,

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