After Sun Skin Care

After Sun Skin Care
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Our “After Sun” relief recipes  — 3 relief gels and 1 bath soak — will come in handy now that summer is here and you’ll be spending more time outdoors.




 

After Sun Skin Care Relief Gel #1
 
Source:
Recipes: Body
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera gel (or roughly the amount extracted from one fresh leaf)
  • 2 Tablespoons brewed Chamomile Tea or Green Tea
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
Method
  1. Mix essential oils, tea and aloe in a clean glass bowl.
  2. Apply with fingers directly on sunburned or mildly irritated skin.
  3. Use immediately. Do not store.

 
After Sun Skin Care Relief Gel #2
 
Source:
Recipes: Body
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera gel (or roughly the amount extracted from two fresh leaves)
  • 2 Tablespoons Witch Hazel
  • 1 Teaspoon of Glycerin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kelp powder
  • 2 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
Method
  1. Blend each of the ingredients together and decant into a dark glass (recommended) or a plastic dispenser bottle.
  2. Shake well before use.
  3. Best stored in a cool place, where it will last approximately 3 months.

 
After Sun Skin Care Relief Gel #3
 
Source:
Recipes: Body
 
Ingredients
  • 1 rough chunked cucumber
  • 2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera gel (or roughly the amount extracted from one fresh leaf)
  • 1/4 cup Glycerin
  • 1/4 cup rosewater
  • 2 drops rose essential oil
Method
  1. Place cubes of cucumber into a lemon juicer or garlic press, to extract as much juice as possible. Reserve. Save cucumber for another recipe.
  2. Mix juice with remaining ingredients.
  3. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

 

 

After Sun Skin Care Relief Bath
 
Source:
Recipes: Body and Bath
 
The Lavender Essential oil has healing agents particularly suited to sunburn relief. Whole milk has fats and lactic acid which are softening and soothing to sunburned skin and speed healing. The fat is important, so don't use skim milk. The oatmeal also speeds healing and protects the skin -- the light film which remains after the bath should be kept in place as long as possible.
Ingredients
  • 2 cup of finely ground oats
  • 2 cups of whole fat milk
  • 10 drops of Lavender essential oil
Method
  1. Combine milk and oatmeal in a blender and blend thoroughly.
  2. Add this mixture to a saucepan and heat until slightly warm and mixed -- do not boil or cook to the same point as when you are preparing it for a meal -- you're just making a lukewarm slurry.
  3. Remove from heat and add lavender oil.
  4. Add ingredients to a lukewarm or cool bath.
By the Way
If you are fortunate enough to have a VitaMix, you don't need to heat the mixture on the stove. Add the oats and milk to your VitaMix and blend on the soup mode until it is warm and ready for your bath.

 

First published in 2007; updated in 2013.

Photo courtesy Audrey Magazine

06/01/2013 |

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