Sun damage can cause a host of unwanted results. Even in small children studies have shown that damage can occur that will only show up later in life.Treating sun damage immediately can lessen the pain of a sunburn, but can also seed healing. That’s why having a natural sunburn relief spray made up and ready on hand is important.
Protecting yourself from sun damage, while avoiding toxic sunscreens and lack of sun (equaling lack of vitamin D) can be a seesaw balancing act, but one we can do well with practice.
I don’t have to tell you to cover up, wear a hat, use sunscreen if you’re going to be out for hours in the sun. You’re not ignorant, like most media treats you. You know to do those things, but what about a non-toxic sunscreen?
Make one yourself! Here’s a few recipes: 4 Natural Sunscreen Recipes. For us redheads, using the non-nano zinc oxide is a must for long term exposure (Yet, even we only need sunscreen when we’re going to be out all day).
Or Buy a natural sunscreen. Here’s mine: Natural Sunscreen. There are a few options for you, all with carrot and myrrh essential oils.
If you are seriously sunburned and want to try multiple options, I have 11 Homemade Sunburn Remedies that give even more ideas.
Sunburn Relief Spray Ingredients
I’ve chosen ingredients that I know help the skin. I used them growing up, and have used them with my kids over the past few years as well.
I’m giving you two different recipes, because there are some great ingredients that don’t mix well: oil and water. It’s important to hydrate sunburned skin, but combining water based ingredients like aloe and vinegar with oil based ingredients like coconut oil aren’t ideal for sprays. You can shake very vigorously each time, but the two spray option actually gives the first time to take action before adding the second.
You won’t find witch hazel in this spray. It is highly astringent, which can be helpful to strengthen skin when the sunburn isn’t too bad or near healing. But for an after sun spray, witch hazel should only be used carefully.
Other ingredients to avoid are alcohols. Alcohols with dry out the skin prematurely and cause excess peeling.
Ingredients to Use:
Apple Cider Vinegar – Raw Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which helps reduce itching, inflammation, and pain. It also is acidic, helping to bring up the lowered ph of the skin to normal levels.
Calendula – Calendula has been used traditionally on wounds for hundreds of years, if not more. “Pharmacological studies reveal that C. officinalis exhibits antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antioxidant properties” (2) Obviously, it’s a great herb to use in the case of a sunburn. You can easily get some Here and Here.
Raw Honey – Raw Honey is a humectant. This means that it traps moisture from the air onto your skin. Sunburned skin can easily dry out. The addition of honey helps to ensure that your kin stays hydrated.
Peppermint Essential Oil – Peppermint essential oil has a strong cooling sensation, especially when air is blown onto the skin where it was applied. In other words, apply diluted peppermint oil and stand in front of a fan and you will feel that area has an ice pack on it. Peppermint essential oil is also a very mild pain reliever.
Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender is a very traditional herb to use for soothing skin. The reason being that it is very mild and can be used on children, elderly, and pregnant moms. It is also very effective in calming the skin.
Fractionated Coconut Oil – Fractionated Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which is antibacterial and antimicrobial. It’s a very light oil. It will not weigh down the damaged skin, but will allow breathability.
Natural Sunburn Relief Spray #1
- Place the calendula in the hot water and stir. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- Combine calendula tea, aloe vera liquid, apple cider vinegar, honey, and peppermint essential oil.
- Carefully pour into a 16 oz misting spray bottle.
- Spray generously over sunburned area. Repeat as needed.
Natural Sunburn Relief Spray #2
- Combine Fractionated Coconut Oil and lavender essential oil in a 16oz misting spray bottle.
- Apply after the first spray has soaked into the skin (about 5 minutes).
Don’t forget to leave a comment about your favorite sunburn relief method.
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