Despite our best efforts, we’ve all overdone it in the sun at one point or another! When you
find yourself with a burn, slather on this soothing and healing homemade after sun lotion recipe.
Shelf Life: 6 months—1 year
Benefits: Aloe works in a number of ways to soothe sunburn. It helps with the pain, swelling, and inflammation associated with sunburns.
It’s also full of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that can help to repair damaged skin, and contains polysaccharides, which help to repair damaged skin cells and trigger the growth of new ones.
Witch hazel contains tannins, which help to soothe and heal inflamed skin.
Peppermint oil is actually a natural painkiller and helps to add a cooling sensation to burnt skin. Vitamin E oil contains antioxidants, which help to speed up healing.
Tips and Tricks: There are lots of very effective natural sunburn treatments. In addition to the above lotion, some of our favorites include:
Taking a cool to warm (not hot!) bath with 1—2 cups of one of the following: white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, milk, baking soda, cucumber juice, or oatmeal.
Making a 1:1 spray of apple cider vinegar to water, or applying the vinegar directly to burn using a cotton pad.
Making a cold compress with milk or grated potato.
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Watch the video below for a step-by-step tutorial for making this DIY homemade after sun lotion recipe.
Homemade After Sun Lotion
- 1/4 cup aloe vera
- 2 tbsp witch hazel
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1-2 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
Tools & Supplies
- Measuring cup and spoon
- Sanitized pump bottle or jar
Add all ingredients into a bowl and whisk to combine.
Using a funnel, pour mixture into a pump bottle (you may need to push mixture down into bottle with a spatula because it will be quite thick).
Store in the fridge (not necessary, but the coolness of the lotion will be very soothing for a burn!).
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