Sunscreen is arguably the best way to protect skin from sun damage. There are endless sun protection products on the shelves of retail outlets; however, a more natural approach can also help you fetch the same results.

Unlike synthetically formulated products, the natural homemade sunscreen solutions do not cause irritation. Moreover, the homemade sunscreen solutions are ideal for those who have sensitive skin. Why not try and make your own sunscreen with a few inexpensive ingredients that you can get easily.

Sunscreen from your body lotion

All you need to have is the active ingredient in store-bought sun block is either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Both the white powders are naturally occurring and are non-toxic. Mix the powder using gloves to your lotion. Only one tablespoon to a cup of your body lotion is enough for SPF 30 protection.

A natural sunblock made of essential oils

You can formulate sunblock in as many ways as possible, without worrying about any kind of skin rashes or breakouts. You have an option to add any essential oil (such as such as geranium, orange or lavender) to your sun block that gives it any smell you like. Among other ingredients that you need include coconut oil, distilled water, vitamin E oil, shredded cocoa butter and shredded beeswax. Coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4 while beeswax makes the lotion waterproof.

First, mix coconut oil, distilled water, vitamin E oil, shredded cocoa butter and shredded beeswax on high heat, followed by mixing the oxide in the solution. Add in any essential oil that gives it a desired fragrance. Let the solution cool before using it.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel is another natural alternative that is quite effective for sun protection. Shalini Vadhera, author of Passport to Beauty, suggests that aloe vera gel reflects as much as 20 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays. You can purchase aloe vera gel extract from natural grocers and skin care stores or pluck a leaf of fresh aloe vera plant and use the gel-like interior. Apply it on the skin directly; it will provide you skin protection for three-four hours.

Hemp oil

Hemp seed oil can be used as a natural sunblock. Moreover, owing to great functional ingredients, it can be used in organic skin care products such as soaps, lotions and sunscreens.

Avocado butter and coconut oil

Mix avocado butter, coconut carrier oil, distilled water and borax together. Avocado butter has natural sun-protection agents, along with vitamins A, E and D, to protect skin from sun damage.

Sesame Oil

Application of sesame oil to sun exposed skin every three to hours block out 30 per cent of the sun's rays.