Sunburns + Aloe Vera

It's that time of year again when sunburns are in full swing unless you are have prepared in sunblock and coverage. There are so many different lotions and "store-bought remedies" for sunburns but honestly, which one works best? Which one contains less parabens? SO, that's where this aloe vera + lavender recipe comes in. Aloe vera is a plant that is best known for treating sunburns with its gel on the insides of the leaves. Aloe vera contains 150 vitamins, minerals, and trace elements which include but are not limited to iron, magnesium, copper, germanium, potassium, and so on & it penetrates deep into damaged skin layers and reduces pain and swelling. Lavender essential oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties making it perfect for skin-care use.

What you need:
Aloe vera leaf (a lot of grocery stores sell them)
Lavender essential oil
Mixing bowl (motar and pestle preferred)

Cut open an aloe vera leaf and scoop out the gel at the wider part of the leaf with a spoon or knife and put in a bowl.

Sprinkle about 7 drops of lavender essential oil and mix all together.

Use fingertips to gently apply to the sunburned skin and leave on for about 15 minutes or until it's dry. Then you can either rinse with cool water and pat dry OR leave on all day, applying more once dried. Put whatever left over gel you have in the fridge. Note: it may turn pink in the fridge, it's completely normal and still usable. 

Here are a few extra remedies for helping sunburns:

1. Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to a bath to help balance the pH levels of sunburned skin and to promote healing.

2. Add lavender essential oil to a bath to help relieve some of the stinging and pain.

3. Add two cups of baking soda to a bath to help ease irritation and redness from sunburn.

4. Drink lots of water. Replacing lost body fluids will help your skin heal more quickly.


One last thing... A lot of people don't know this, but most sunscreens you buy at the store are filled with toxic and harmful chemicals. I'm not going to get into details, but if you want to read up on it click here to see what to watch out for and possible sunscreen alternatives.

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