My little guy and his sister went fishing with Daddy the other day. They do this pretty often in the summer, but the other day was unusually clear and sunny. And they went without Mommy's homemade sunscreen. Being out on the water can be especially bad for sunburn because the lake's surface acts like a giant mirror reflecting the sunlight back up to you. The result of their fishing trip was two tomato red children who didn't want anything touching them because their skin was so sensitive.
It was a perfect time to roll out the homemade after sun spray. We had been using this green goopy aloe gel stuff, but no one was particularly happy with it. The spray went on so much easier and according to this little guy, it felt better faster. We also applied it less often and by the next morning the flaming red was down to a light pink.
My not so little daughter opted out of being sprayed with our after sun spray so she unintentionally became our control subject. Guess who's peeling and itchy now while her brother is not.
DIY After-Sun Spray Recipe
1/4 cup witch hazel
1/4 cup distilled water
2 tablespoons pure aloe vera*
20 drops of pure lavender essential oil
10 drops of pure peppermint essential oil
4 oz (or larger) spray bottle
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour into spray bottle.
Shake well, and apply generously to skin that needs cooling. Be sure to avoid spraying around the eyes, as it will sting.
Re-apply as often as needed.
*The aloe I used was 100% pure aloe in liquid form, not a gel.
Using essential oils in your home can be a healthy alternative to chemicals. We strongly recommend you use essential oils which are therapeutic grade such as Young Living Essential Oils.
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