DIY After-Sun Spray: for Sunburn

For skin that’s seen a little too much sun, try this simple DIY after-sun spray to soothe, cool and restore skin.

Every year, I try my best not to burn. But, without fail, every summer I manage to either burn or get slightly pink. This is usually at the beginning of summer, when my skin is adjusting to the strengthening 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. This takes you through to mid-afternoon, and by then, you’re a little sweaty and feeling a touch 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 accept the prospect that you’re probably going to go pink after today’s excitement…

Which you end up paying for later…

I’ve had this happen one-too-many-times which is why I started making this natural healing remedy for times like these.

I really try an avoid getting burnt, as I’m aware how damaging it can be to our skin… but I get caught out at least once every summer, so having this soothing sun spray on hand is really helpful.

The ingredients used are specifically chosen for their ability to help sooth sunburnt skin;

  • Lavender: Lavender essential oil is very well-known for its ability to soothe and repair occasional skin irritations, due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  • Peppermint: Peppermint essential oil delivers a soothing, cooling sensation to skin due to the menthol it contains. If you have very sensitive skin, 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: Tea tree oil can help accelerate healing due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
  • Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturiser, and may help to relieve dry, itchy skin by replenishing skin’s moisture.
  • Aloe vera: Aloe vera is great for relieving pain and redness due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and acts as a wonderful moisturiser, helping to avoid the peeling that often comes with sun burn. The gel encourages the production of collagen, which aids in the healing process, helping to improve skin firmness, dryness and elasticity.
  • Witch hazel: Witch hazel contains anti-inflammatory properties (just like aloe) which help reduce the discomfort that comes with sunburn. It can be particularly soothing if paired with aloe vera.
I carry my sun spray everywhere now, just in case I get caught out in the sun and need a little spritz on my skin.

DIY After-Sun Spray

Making after sun spray takes only 2 minutes to make and is effective! It’s cooling and soothing and feels wonderful if your skin gets a touch pink!

Ingredients:

To make:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to combine.
  2. Apply generously onto skin that needs cooling and soothing from being outside in the sun for too long. Avoid spraying around the eyes.
  3. Re-apply as often as needed. I re-sprayed every 30 minutes or so at first, then dropped down to 3 times a day, then once a day until it faded completely. Shake well before each use
Make sure to shake it before use, as the ingredients can separate.

After sun spray tutorial

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. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Have you used an after-sun spray before? How was it? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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