It’s summer and even with our best intentions, we sometimes forget to re-apply the sunscreen. There are many ways to treat a minor sunburn, including an after sun spray. Lavender’s wound healing application is well documented. Studies show lavender:
- rapidly replaces collagen
- speeds up new connective tissue & wound contraction
- relieves pain
- reduces redness in healing skin
- is anti-allergenic
Old anecdotal references from Rene Maurice Gattefosse discuss lavender on burn healing. After suffering a burn in his lab in the 1930s, he records using lavender to heal the skin from gas gangrene. Gattefosse is considered what one of the Greats in aromatherapy.
When it comes to treating a minor sunburn, the American Academy of Dermatologists recommends:
- Take frequent cool baths or showers to help relieve the pain.
- Use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or soy to help soothe sunburned skin.
- Drink extra water.
- If your skin blisters, allow the blisters to heal.
- Take extra care to protect sunburned skin while it heals.
Our after sun recipe includes both aloe gel and coconut oil to help moisturize and soothe the skin. Coconut oil has been used for hundreds of years as a moisturizer and in skin remedies. Studies indicate that it is anti-inflammatory and skin protective, making it a great remedy for the skin.
DIY Lavender After Sun Spray
- Combine all ingredients in a small 8-ounce bottle. Use a funnel to pour.
- Shake to combine.
- Store in the fridge for an extra cool sensation.
- Shake before use. Spray After Sun on the skin. Pat dry or let air dry.
If you do this right, it should come out as a lotion texture.
Ingredient quality is key. There’s not going to be therapeutic results if you use poor ingredients.
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