There are many products on the market for preventing sunburns as well as for treating your skin after you are unfortunate enough to get one, but so many of those products contain toxins that are not good for your body at all. With the skin being our largest organ, it is important to treat it as nicely as possible. Going out in the sun of course, already can cause damage, even when you’re trying to protect it, so here are some tips and recipes to use for prevention, and treatment that contain good and healthy ingredients that you can feel great about using.
First of all, Zinc oxide is a fantastic ingredient to use in making your own sunscreen because it can absorb ultraviolet rays from the sun and it is protective for the skin from sunburns and other damaging effects that ultraviolet radiation causes. It is one ingredient you will find in a lot of sunscreens, so if you are shopping for one, look for it to be a primary ingredient. The FDA has approved it for use, so it’s in many creams, makeups, deodorants, soaps and more.
Here is a great and simple DIY Time – Saver Sunscreen recipe. This is perfect for when you have an unplanned visit to the pool or beach and need to whip up something fast!
- Add your ingredients into the empty bottle and mix well. If you have trouble getting it in there, use a funnel, and then use a thin item like a straw to mix it up. This will depend totally on what type of bottle you choose. Shake really well to mix and disperse all the ingredients so it’s well mixed.
- To apply: Rub on any areas that will be exposed to sun prior to exposure and reapply every few hours. This can wash off in the water, so you will need to reapply more often if you are swimming.
- (TIP: This is approximately about a 20 SPF level, so if you prefer a higher level, add more zinc oxide.)
Other tips using essential oils & other healthy ingredients –
Lavender essential oil is one that is a very versatile oil, but one thing is widely known for is it’s calming properties and this applies to skin health as well. It is soothing to the skin and helps it heal much faster than many other ingredients can.
Mix about 25 drops of pure Lavender essential oil with 1.5 oz. of aloe vera juice in a spray bottle for a soothing after-sun spray. Even if you aren’t sunburned, this will help refresh your skin and keep damage from happening. It feels and smells amazing, too! Store in refrigerator after use, until the next time you need it.
Coconut Oil is one thing you may have seen articles about before. It is a fantastic and natural oil that has so many health benefits. It can be great all by itself for soothing skin, but it’s sometimes sticky and thick, which can make it hard to use. You can get Fractionated Coconut oil to use instead, which has none of the coconut scent, and is thin enough to use in a spray bottle or roller ball bottle without getting all jammed in there. It is great for soothing burnt skin.
You can make a soothing skin spray by using about 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil per 2 oz. of the fractionated coconut oil in a spray bottle for relief, scent and healing of the skin. Some suggestions for essential oils to use in this would be: Melaleuca (aka- Tea Tree oil) which is always great for anything to do with the skin, including dandruff, flaky skin, eczema, fungus, and more. Roman Chamomile which is fantastic for calming and healing the skin and also is a great oil for calm in general, helping to sleep for example. Lavender is also another fantastic oil to blend in this as well.