After spending a day under the scorching sun, your skin craves relief from the heat and UV radiation. While sunscreen provides essential protection, it's equally important to soothe and nourish your skin after sun exposure.
This is where a DIY after sun gel can work wonders. By harnessing the healing power of nature, you can create a personalized blend of natural ingredients that will effectively cool, moisturize, and rejuvenate your sun-kissed skin.
In this blog post, we'll delve into the reasons why you should consider incorporating a DIY after sun gel into your skincare routine. Not only will it provide immediate relief from sunburn and reduce inflammation, but it can also help replenish lost moisture, restore the skin's natural barrier, and promote healing.
Unlike commercial after sun products that may contain harsh chemicals and artificial additives, a homemade gel allows you to have full control over the ingredients you apply to your skin. By utilizing simple yet effective components such as aloe vera, essential oils, and vitamin E, you can create a natural remedy tailored to your specific needs.
Join us as we explore the incredible benefits of a DIY after sun gel and discover how this simple yet powerful solution can help you keep your skin healthy, radiant, and ready for more summer adventures.
Soothe Your Skin Sun Gel with Essential Oils: Here is a list of 5 of the best essential oils to help soothe your sun kissed skin!
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil
Steam distilled from the lavender flowers of the lavender bush-like herb. Its healing benefits are many, but one its most powerful aroma therapeutic actions is to calm irritated and damaged skin. It offers rejuvenation and restorative properties and can encourage skin cell regeneration. When blended with Lemon and Grapefruit it offers support in evening out skin tone and discoloration, while the aroma helps balance our emotions and makes us feel comforted and supported.
Palamrosa (Cymbopogon martini) Essential Oil
Steam distilled from the leaves of the grass like bush that grows in humid swampy geographical areas around the world. It’s a botanical relative of essential oils like lemongrass and citronella, so it contains within it molecules that are fortifying and protective to the skin, while offering an aroma that relaxes our mind and body. It is cleansing and clearing and can help clear and brighten the skin.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) Essential Oil
Steam distilled from the fragrant leaves of this herbaceous bush. Its rose-like floral aroma calms our mind and soothes our skin, and can be used to cleanse, rejuvenate and restore the skin’s vibrancy and health. Calming and restorative, Geranium oil offers balance to skin that feels out of whack and has been shown to support and encourage the skin’s innate ability to heal and rebalance. When combined with the above essential oils, it can offer an experience of lightening and brightening while smoothing out discoloration and skin blotchiness.
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) Essential Oil
Steam distilled from the resin of the unique species of the Frankincense tree that grows in India. Frankincense is known for its remarkable healing properties for the skin. It’s soothing to irritation, and skin tenderness plus it helps ease away feelings of inflammation. Frankincense has also been shown to encourage cellular regeneration and can feel cooling to the skin.
Patchouli (Pogostemoncablin) Essential Oil
Steam distilled from the lightly dried leaves of the Patchouli plant. The oil is known for its soothing and cooling feel to the skin, and can help ease away irritation and swelling. It’s anti-inflammatory and reparative, and can support the skin’s resilience.
Let’s make a DIY Sun Gel to nourish and soothe your skin after a day in the Sun!
Here are the blending tools you’ll need to make it:
- 1 glass 1 oz bottle with a treatment pump, you can see what one looks like here.
- 1 small mixing bowl, glass or stainless steel
- Measuring Spoons
- 1 mixing spoon, or tiny spatula - don’t use plastic!
- 1 Blank Label
- 2 ½ TBSP of Aloe Vera Gel
- 7 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Palmarosa Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil
Steps to make DIY Gel for Age Spots
- Add all your essential oils to your small mixing bowl and mix well with your metal spoon - don’t use plastic!!
- Once the essential oils are well blended, add your 2 ½ TBSP of Aloe Gel and mix very well.
- Carefully pour the mixture into your gel bottle.
- Insert the treatment pump closure into the bottle and cap tightly. Give your remedy a name and write your label and affix to the bottle and shake the gel vigorously before each use.
How to Use the DIY Sun Gel to Soothe your Sun Kissed Skin
The best and most effective way to use your DIY Sun Gel is after showering. As soon as you pat yourself dry, generously apply the gel to all areas on your body that feel sore from too much sun exposure. Allow the gel to absorb slowly and dry on its own. The blend of essential oils is very gentle, so feel free to apply the gel as often as you wish to reduce any irritation your skin might feel.
If applying to your face, make sure the gel is absorbed before you apply your regular daily moisturizer or make up.
Let us know how you are enjoying this recipe!