Doesn’t this picture just make you want to cry?! This is my niece Haley after a fun day at the beach where she, unfortunately, forgot to put on sunscreen. Now before you judge, I doubt there is one of us who hasn’t found themselves in the exact same situation. I’ve known this girl all her life and she’s the last person that would be foolhardy enough not to protect herself from the sun’s damaging rays. She works in a dermatologists office! But she was so busy making sure her baby and her husband were protected, she forgot to protect herself. There, there….don’t cry. She’s going to be OK. :-)
But after I saw this picture of poor Haley my maternal instincts kicked in and I wanted to make something that could ease her pain. So I decided to put together an after-sun lotion using some of my favorite ingredients for soothing and healing skin.
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This all-natural After-Sun Lotion is packed full of rich, skin healing ingredients to nourish overexposed skin and help relieve the burn.
- Cocoa butter is one of nature’s richest moisturizers and contains fatty acids, which improve skin moisture retention and elasticity.
- Coconut oil, like cocoa butter, also contains medium chain fatty acids which provide energy your skin needs to heal itself.
- Olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin without clogging pores and contains antioxidants that help neutralize the free radicals that cause skin damage.
- Aloe vera gel has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and also contains active compounds that may decrease pain.
- Lavender essential oil is great for healing, cooling and soothing irritated skin… and smells good too!
DIY After-Sun Lotion
- 3 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1 tablespoon Cocoa Butter
- 15 drops of Lavender essential oil
Simply measure out all of your ingredients and mix together into a creamy paste. (You might need to heat up the cocoa butter and coconut oil a bit.) Pour into a small jar (4 oz or larger) or pot. Store in a cool, dark place and this lotion should last for the summer. But I suggest storing it in the refrigerator because it will feel that much better on scorched skin.
Of course, the best way to prevent sunburn is to always slather on the sunscreen BEFORE you head out in the sun. But in case you or someone you love forgets, try this super soothing AFTER-sun remedy.