Being a fair-skinned redhead, and thinking I didn't need sunscreen because it would prevent me from being tan in the summer months, you can imagine just how many sunburns I endured from this mentality.
Thankfully, those days are SO FAR behind me, and I am thankful that sunburns are something that rarely happen nowadays.
Living here in Southern California, the sun is plentiful. Especially during the summer months when the sun is warmer and more of my skin is exposed, it is so important for me to keep my skin hydrated and nourished with after sun care, regardless if I got burned or not.
Most of us turn to aloe vera products to gain relief from sunburns, but with so many toxic ingredients found in store-bought products, I wanted an all-natural, nontoxic option that I could whip up myself, that used the healing benefits from the beautiful aloe plant with a few other ingredients that would nourish and hydrate, while cooling the skin from a day in the sun.
Aloe vera is a plant that helps the body to heal wounds/burns by promoting cell growth and repair. It helps to relieve pain and redness by reducing inflammation, and the gel found inside the leaves stimulates production of collagen, which helps heal the skin by improving skin firmness and dryness.
So today, I'd like to share with you my herbal remedy for sunburns and after sun lotion:
AFTER SUN LOTION with ALOE VERA
1 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp olive oil (if you have calendula, you can make an infused olive oil with this plant for added healing)
1 tbsp beeswax pellets
2 tsp cocoa butter
1 tsp shea butter
10-15 drops peppermint essential oil
3 tbsp fresh aloe vera gel from leaves- stripped from leaves and blended with an immersion blender
In a double boiler over medium heat, melt the oils, butters and beeswax, stirring while it begins to melt.
Once everything has blended properly, remove from heat.
Stir in peppermint essential oil once the mixture has cooled a bit.
Add in aloe vera gel, stirring all ingredients until fully blended.
TO PREVENT SPOILING: add in a dash of apple cider vinegar or salt, to help prevent mold growth. The fresh aloe vera gel will spoil, like most fresh products that do not contain preservatives. Adding a dash of either ingredient will help to give this a longer shelf life.
Add mixture into an air-tight container, and keep in a cool, dark place. If you plan on many days of sun, keep in your fridge to help preserve the lotion AND give it the added benefit of being super cool when it is applied to your skin.
Apply to skin after a shower for instant relief and for amazing sunkissed skin all summer long.
EXTRA ALOE VERA GEL: add any extra gel you may accumulate from the leaves into empty ice cube trays, with a drop or two of peppermint oil. This will give you an additional remedy for your sunburns that will keep in the freezer AND be amazingly soothing after a long day in the sun. Just pop out a cube after you've showered and apply to the areas that have gotten the most sun for instant relief.
This herbal remedy is helpful for when you return home after a day in the sun. If you need a nontoxic product to use on your skin while you're in the sun, check out my all-natural sunscreen recipe here.
This is a wonderful recipe to share to your boards on Pinterest, so go ahead and share this goodness with all of your friends and followers!
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