Getting out in the sun for a little while is really good for you. Spending just 15 minutes a day in the sun without sunscreen will give you a healthy dose of Vitamin D, but too much sun is not a good thing.
Being German Scots-Irish, I have never been one to tan, I’ve always burned. I use a natural sunscreen when I know that I am going to be out on our homestead doing multiple chores that will keep me out longer than 15 or 20 minutes, but some times, I lose track of time, or forget to reapply my sunscreen and I get a little burnt. It’s for times like those, that I made up this homemade do it yourself Soothing After Sun Spray.
It’s soothing and cooling and really helps to take the sting out of a sunburn.
Soothing After Sun Spray
- 16 Ounce Glass Spray Bottle (I use these ones)
- 1 Cup Aloe Vera Gel (I use this kind)
- 1/4 Cup Fractionated Coconut Oil (I use this brand)
- 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E (I use this kind)
- 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (I use this brand)
- 10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil (I use this brand)
- 10 Drops Melaleuca Essential Oil (I use this brand)
Why use those specific oils?
Lavender essential oil is my first pick because of its ability to soothe the occasional skin irritations. I chose Peppermint essential oil because of its high menthol content and its cooling/soothing traits. I added in the Melaleuca Oil, (better known as Tea Tree oil), because of it’s ability to soothe minor skin irritations also. If you wanted, you could also add Frankincense oil to the mix.
If you have very sensitive skin, you may want to start with a lesser amount of peppermint oil, just so that the spray isn’t too intense for you.