The Easy Way to Make DIY After-Sun Spray
It happens to the best of us. We get engrossed in our outdoor fun and forget to reapply sunscreen. The next thing we know, we’re dealing with red and sore skin. Fortunately, this DIY after-sun spray can help relieve discomfort from too much sun.
How to Make DIY After-Sun Spray With Essential Oils for Sunburn
I’m a redhead and I live in Florida. I also love outdoor activities like hiking and gardening. Even though I always try to remember to reapply my reef-safe natural sunscreen when I’m outside, I sometimes forget.
That means I inevitably end up with a sunburn. Fortunately, I can get pretty much instantaneous relief when I use this DIY after-sun spray with essential oils for sunburn.
- 1/4 cup of aloe vera juice
- 2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
- 2 tablespoons of witch hazel
- 8 drops of lavender essential oil
- 8 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 8 drops of peppermint essential oil (if using on children 6 and younger, substitute with spearmint essential oil)
- small bowl
- 4-ounce glass spray bottle
- Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and use the spoon to mix thoroughly.
- Pour the ingredients into the 4-ounce glass spray bottle.
How to Use DIY After-Sun Spray
To use this DIY after-sun spray with essential oils for sunburn, simply spray on your skin as needed to enjoy the soothing benefits. Make sure you avoid spraying around your eyes since it can sting.
While you can store the homemade after-sun spray at room temperature, it feels even better on the skin when it’s refrigerated.
I recommend using a glass spray bottle instead of plastic since essential oils can cause plastic to wear down and discolor over time.
Why These Ingredients and What They Do
Aloe vera juice: The champion of soothing irritated skin. It also moisturizes skin and helps reduce inflammation. That’s why I also use it in this DIY shaving gel.
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Fractionated coconut oil: A wonderful carrier oil that does a great job moisturizing skin. Since fractionated coconut oil is so moisturizing, it’s also a key ingredient in this homemade coffee scrub that helps reduce cellulite.
Vitamin E oil: An amazing antioxidant that refreshes dry and dehydrated skin and helps fight premature aging of the skin.
Witch hazel: Helps relieve itching, soothes and refreshes skin, and reduces the chances of skin peeling.
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Lavender essential oil: Known for its ability to help rejuvenate skin and soothe skin irritations.
Tea tree essential oil: Known for its purifying properties and ability to relieve inflamed skin.
Peppermint essential oil: Provides a cooling and soothing sensation on the skin.
Important Notes About Peppermint Essential Oil
It’s important to keep in mind that even though peppermint essential oil offers a cooling sensation, it is a skin irritant. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to start with a smaller amount of peppermint essential oil to make sure the DIY after-sun spray doesn’t irritate your skin even more.
Additionally, as mentioned in the ingredient list, if you plan on using this homemade after-sun spray on children younger than 6, you should swap out the peppermint essential oil for spearmint essential oil.
This is because peppermint essential oil contains menthol. Some small children experience breathing complications when exposed to high amounts of menthol.
Soothe Your Skin With DIY After-Sun Spray
Summertime means plenty of opportunities to get outside and play. However, if you have a little too much fun in the sun, you can help soothe red and irritated skin when you make this DIY after-sun spray with essential oils for sunburn.
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