How to Add Zinc Oxide to Regular Lotion to Make Sunscreen

Zinc oxide mixes well with ordinary lotion as a suncreen.
Zinc oxide mixes well with ordinary lotion as a suncreen. (Image: body lotion image by PinkShot from

Protecting the skin from the sun's rays will prevent burning as well as premature wrinkles and aging. Zinc oxide is a naturally occurring mineral that is in many sunscreens and provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays, according to the Healthy Child website. If you are tired of the chemical or coconut scents of many sunscreen products, you can make your own. Adding zinc oxide to regular lotion makes an effective and pleasant-smelling sunscreen.

Things You'll Need

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Plastic cosmetic bottle with lid, 4 oz. size
  • Cotton ball
  • Food scale
  • Lotion
  • Distilled water
  • Micronized zinc oxide
  • Scissors
  • Plastic sandwich bag

Sterilize the plastic bottle by rinsing the inside of it with 1 tbsp. of isopropyl alcohol. Apply another 1 to 2 tbsp. of isopropyl alcohol to a cotton ball and wipe the mouth and outside of the bottle as well. Allow the bottle to dry before proceeding.

Measure out the following ingredient amounts using a food scale: 1.05 oz. of your preferred lotion, 2.11 oz. of distilled water and 0.31 oz. of micronized zinc oxide. Place all of the ingredients into a plastic sandwich bag.

Seal the bag up and mix the contents together thoroughly using your hands for at least two minutes. When you are done mixing, push all of the mixture tightly into one corner of the bag.

Cut off the corner of the bag using a pair of scissors and position the cut corner over the plastic bottle. Squeeze the bag to dispense the sunscreen lotion into the bottle. When all the liquid is in the bottle, throw away the bag and place the top on the plastic bottle.

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