The unofficial start of summer is here with Memorial Day Weekend! As temperatures rise the sun comes out and we start feeling the effects of the sun’s beaming rays. The sun can cause burns and irritation that is no fun. This after sun soothing spray is a perfect way to soothe and calm hot skin.
Living in Ohio, we do get plenty of sun and temperatures can rise to 90+ in the late summer months, but the worst sunburn I ever got was in Hawaii. We had gone on vacation and my 35 SPF sunscreen did nothing to stop the sun’s harsh rays. My skin simply wasn’t used to the direct beating sunlight. Regular aloe vera helped, but it wasn’t until I found a local company that made an aloe and lavender mixture that I found true relief.
So, whether you’re facing harsh sunlight all year round or just for a few months like me, this after sun spray is a lifesaver for cooling relief. Sunscreen is an important part of a daily routine, but when it just doesn’t cut it alone, it’s good to have an after-sun routine to rely on.
Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Shake before using.
Aloe vera is a soothing ingredient that is often used on burns. It uses plant power to hydrate and cool the irritated skin. True aloe vera should be clear or white, but it’s often sold in green or blue bottles that make it look colored. Make sure whatever aloe you buy has aloe vera listed as the first ingredient.
Fractionated Coconut Oil is a nourishing, hydrating carrier oil. It contains fatty acids and vitamins, including Vitamin E, that help to reduce irritation by hydrating and adding a protective layer of saturated fats to the skin. Vitamin E is known to help repair damaged skin tissue, so adding a little extra Vitamin E will help to speed up the healing process and minimize redness and irritation.
Lavender oil is known to be a very soothing essential oil that helps to calm the skin. It can help to calm redness and irritation from the sun’s harsh rays.
Tea tree oil is known to have antiseptic properties that can help to keep the skin clean and pure. It’s known to help with other skin irritations like dandruff and skin tags, so it can be helpful with sunburns as well.
Peppermint oil contains menthol that is known to help with minor aches and pains. This helps to soothe the irritation from sunburns.
Natural after sun skincare is a really important part of being prepared for summer. You want to be able to enjoy the warmer temperatures outside without being worried about sunburns, even after putting on SPF. So, slather up on sunscreen, pass around the watermelon, and enjoy your time in the sun knowing that you’re prepared if you start feeling the effects of the sun on your skin.