If you’re like me, you make it your mission to avoid getting sunburned at all costs. (I had enough traumatic sunburns before the age of 18 to last me a lifetime!)
Nonetheless, I still make a point to expose myself to sunshine every day to help my body make vitamin D, strengthen my immune system and improve my mental well-being. The sun is critical for those things, actually.
Every once in a blue moon, however, I find myself in an unexpected situation where I end up having prolonged sun exposure and don’t have any protection with me.
Or, sometimes I get caught up reading a good book or listening to a podcast under the sunshine in my backyard and lose track of time.
When this happens, I want sunburn relief FAST! But it must be natural and actually help my body heal, not just provide a bandaid.
The soothing DIY mist spray I’m about to share with you totally does the job! And it only requires 3 natural ingredients. SCORE!
THE DIY FORMULA
This soothing mist spray is a snap to make! Here’s the simple formula:
- 3/4 cup of purified water or spring water
- 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Remove the spray top from the bottle, position the funnel in the opening and pour the water into the bottle.
- Add the essential oils to the bottle, top it off with the apple cider vinegar and screw the top on tightly.
- Shake the bottle well and spray the mixture liberally over the sunburned area. Be sure to shake the bottle well before each use.
Lavender Essential Oil: This oil has natural tissue regeneration properties that actually help your skin heal. It also cools and eases the sting of sunburns quickly. It even helps to prevent scarring.
Peppermint Essential Oil: This oil is a natural antiseptic that provides an immediate soothing effect. It helps prevent the itching that comes with a sunburn and reduces the possibility of developing an infection.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Naturally calms inflamed skin.
BONUS: TOP YOUR SKIN OFF WITH COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is another natural weapon for providing sunburn relief. It’s loaded with lauric acid, which promotes skin healing. It’s also an excellent moisturizer.
Sunburned or not, I use coconut oil as my daily body moisturizer. I recommend buying a large jar (like this) to save money, and it will last a super long time! Yep, it’s the same stuff you can cook with. Just rub it between your palms to make it liquify.
If you don’t want to go through the motions of using your hands to liquify the food-quality coconut oil or you detest the smell of coconut, you can use fractionated coconut oil. It has already been liquified for you and doesn’t have a scent. Click here to check it out.
Cheers to relieving the discomfort of a sunburn in a natural way that helps you heal!
With love and gratitude,
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