In recent years, I’ve really been honing in on how much sun I’m getting, and most importantly, doing my utmost best to avoid burning. But, without fail, every summer I manage to burn or get slightly pink (particularly at the start – when my skin is warming up to the Aussie summer sun).
You know how it goes… you’re out with the family, enjoying a beautiful picnic on a warm summer’s day. Time goes by, you then get immersed in a game of touch football (though you have no idea how to play and so bluff your way through it) which takes you through to mid-afternoon. By then you’re a little sweaty and feeling a little hot on the skin. There isn’t much cover for shade, you’ve forgotten the sunscreen – along with everyone else in the family – and so succumb to the prospect that you’re possibly going to get slightly pink after today’s ordeal…
And then you end up paying for it later…
I’ve had this happen one-too-many-times (this particular scenario actually playing out just last week at our family Christmas celebrations) which is why I went looking for a natural healing remedy for times like these. *Enter this easy after-sun spray recipe*
I really try an avoid getting burnt at all costs, as I know how damaging it can be to our skin as well as the implications it can bring to our health if continued over the long-term… but I get caught out at least once every summer, so having this soothing sun spray on hand is really helpful.
I’ve started keeping a spritzer bottle on hand at all times (particularly when I’m at work – as a pool lifeguard) so I’m ready anytime, anywhere this summer 😉 . Best thing about it, it feels AMAZING on skin, so soothing.
Peppermint: peppermint essential oil delivers a soothing, cooling sensation to skin. Just a side note; if you have very sensitive skin, it may be a good idea to start out with a smaller amount of peppermint oil (or do a small tester on skin beforehand to see how you’ll react), just to make sure the spray isn’t too intense for your skin.
Tea tree oil or frankincense can be other wonderful oils to use in this recipe.
Aloe vera: aloe vera is great for relieving pain and redness in skin by reducing inflammation. The gel also stimulates the production of collagen, which aids in the healing process, helping to improve skin firmness, dryness, and elasticity. Aloe vera oil also helps to moisturise the skin, helping to avoid the peeling that often comes with sun damage.
Witch hazel: witch hazel has anti-inflammatory properties (just like aloe), which can help reduce the discomfort that comes with sunburn. It can be especially soothing if paired with aloe vera (as we do in this spray recipe!), due to its anti-inflammatory agents.
DIY After-Sun Spray Recipe
I discovered this recipe from The Prairie Homestead and just absolutely LOVED it!! It’s been my go-to sun spray since! I hope you love it as much as I did <3
- 1/2 cup witch hazel
- 2 tbsp pure aloe vera gel (I collected aloe from my garden to use, but there is pure aloe gel available at health food stores)
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 4 oz (or larger) spray bottle
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Pour into spray bottle, shake well, and apply generously to skin that needs cooling + soothing. Be sure to avoid spraying around the eyes, as it’s a sensitive area and will sting.
- The spray feels a bit sticky at first, but this quickly dissipates as it dries.
- Re-apply as often as needed. I re-sprayed every half hour or so at first, then went down to 3 times a day, then once a day until it faded completely.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing.
Have you used an after-sun spray before? Have you made your own in the past?? How did it go? Share below! We’d love hear!
Lots of love,
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