Summer is a time that everyone looks forward to especially because of the exciting activities that come with the great weather. Spending time outdoors can be fun, but if you are not careful with our skin exposure, you are bound to get a few sunburns. In some cases, even with sunscreen you still get burnt and you might need something to soothe off the sun burns. This homemade soothing lotion will ease the pain of sunburns and also the discomfort and will also help faster healing for the same.
The homemade lotion is made up of effective natural ingredients that will only cost you very little but offer you so much relief. Apart from taking care of your sunburns, you can also use this lotion as a natural skin moisturizer meaning you can use it even without the burns. It has a soothing effect you will easily become hooked too and the benefits make it worthwhile even with summer gone. The ingredients selected for the lotion are all helpful in soothing sunburns as they are largely anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation and pain associated with sunburns providing relief and promoting healing.
Aloe Vera gel – It is an anti-inflammatory and soothes as well as cool the skin offering you relief from the discomfort and pain of sunburns. It is also a lightweight moisturizer that leaves the skin feeling smooth, refreshed and soft. It is best that you get the fresh gel from the plants if you can to enjoy the full benefits of the wonder plant.
Peppermint essential oil – It fits into this sunburn lotion recipe because of its soothing and cooling properties.
Witch hazel extract – This ingredient is a natural astringent that heals and tightens the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties, but you would need to get the best quality and purity to enjoy the full benefits.
Beeswax – It is what emulsifies the lotion, but it at the same time also offers a protective layer on your skin.
Coconut and avocado oils – They are very good skin moisturizers and are very gentle on damaged skin. They have anti-inflammatories, minerals, antioxidants and fats that are good for the skin.
Melt 2 tablespoons avocado oil and 1 heaping tablespoon beeswax in double boiler and allow the two to combine completely. Transfer the melted combined mixture into a bowl and allow cooling for a few minutes.
In a separate container, mix ¼ cup of aloe Vera gel, 2 tablespoons of witch hazel and 10 drops of peppermint essential oils and blend well.
Once oil mixture is cool enough, use a hand mixer to whisk and slowly pour in your aloe mix until the two mixtures combine well. Whip for an extra 30 seconds or until you have reached a texture you desire most with the lotion.
Transfer the lotion into airtight container and then keep in cool dry place.
To use, simply apply a reasonable amount of the lotion onto the sunburns to enjoy relief and aid healing.
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