Soothing After Sun Balm For Sunburned Skin

Homemade After Sun Lotion Recipe

Even if you don’t have a sunburn, this after sun lotion recipe is a summer necessity to re-hydrate and soothe sun-kissed skin. Apply it after a good scrub in the shower to remove sunscreen residue. Slather on this balm and your skin will drink in the oils and butters, dealing with sun damaged skin while you sleep.Homemade after sun lotion with aloe and lavender

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The sun just keeps getting hotter doesn’t it? A few weeks ago my nephews were caught out at an event longer than they expected to be and as a result of embracing the fun outdoor activities they brought home an unwelcome souvenir: sunburns. The heat radiated off their pink cheeks, shoulders, and noses and I could see how it was taking a toll on their energy. The next day they were heading off on vacation so I whipped up a batch of the after sun lotion that I use on my skin all summer long.After sun balm recipe and instructions

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Makes 2 oz

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil infused with calendula
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa butter
  • 1 teaspoon Shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated beeswax
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel

Make it!

Melt the oils, butters, and beeswax in a double boiler or Turkish coffee pot. Use a medium heat and stir as the oils melt. Remove from heat just as all ingredients are liquid. Stir in essential oil. Allow to cool slightly and then add the aloe gel. Mix the gel in well with the rest and pour into a 2oz container.Soothing after sun balm for sunburned skin

Apply the lotion generously to sunburned skin and rub it in as well as you can (which I know can be difficult with a sunburn!). Apply again after waking in the morning or showering, until the sunburn has settled down. If you don’t have a sunburn but have spent a day in the sun, this lotion works well to keep exposed skin soft. Shower to remove any sunscreen and use the lotion each evening after a day of sun exposure.

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  1. Craig Jones
    Craig JonesAugust 5,15

    I really love using birch sweet essential oil from It works as an analgesic and really relieves the skin pain I feel after a sunburn.

  2. Sally collins
    Sally collinsAugust 10,16

    Hi ,can you use fresh aloe gel from the plant ? Or do you need to buy bottled aloe. Thanks

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseAugust 11,16

      Hi Sally, I haven’t tried it but I can imagine it would work really well. If you try it and could you please get back to us on the results?

  3. Crystal Lovell
    Crystal LovellAugust 17,16

    Thanks for this! I am new to making my own products but am starting to learn now. I have a question about this. Is there another essential oil that would work as well as the lavender? I am allergic to lavender but would love something along these lines for after a day in the sun. Thanks!

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseAugust 17,16

      Crystal, you can just leave it out of the recipe and enjoy the aloe & calendula scent. Or add a scent that you like as long as it is not a “hot” essential oil like cinnamon or clove. Try peppermint for its cooling sensation, but take the recipe down to 8 drops.

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