Coconut oil most common ingredient in DIY sunscreen

Natural alternatives promoted on social media look good, but most don't work: study

Homemade sunscreens featured on the photo-sharing site Pinterest might look good, but most of them aren't protective for sunburn or skin cancer, US research shows.

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Lead author Dr Julie Merten, from the University of North Florida, says 95% of the posts on the site positively portrayed the effectiveness of homemade sunscreens, however, about 65% of the posts recommend recipes that offer insufficient ultraviolet radiation protection.

"This is concerning because the ingredients recommended in homemade sunscreen [posts] offer minimal scientifically proven broad