After Sun Skin Care Recipes

July 15, 2011
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It seems as if a large number of my friends on facebook have been posting about some rather serious sunburns as of late. Of course, the best way to prevent this is to lather on the sunscreen BEFORE you go out in the sun. In case you forgot though, or the sun was being extra tricky that day, I thought I’d share some after sun skin care recipes on caring for your sunburns.

Many years ago I created a Sun and Skin Soother Cream as an after sun cream. I shared the recipe for this handmade cream on my blog a few years back and transferred it over to my new blog when I moved it in 2009. You can still find that recipe here.

My Sun and Skin Soother Cream was the original idea behind my Lavender and Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe before I expanded on it and changed a few things. If you want a richer after sun cream, you can use my Lavender and Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe with a few changes. Depending on how sensitive your skin is you may want to omit the peppermint essential oil and the tea tree oil. The remaining ingredients of the recipe will make an extra nourishing cream that will really moisturize and help relieve your burn. The shea and cocoa butters, vitamin E, and avocado oil will penetrate and moisturize your parched skin and help it to heal while the glycerin and beeswax will help lock that moisture in. The addition of lavender essential oil and aloe butter will help to soothe the burn and the Restorative Skin Oil is just the icing on the cake though it is optional as well. You can find that recipe here.

If you’d rather opt for an after sun lotion, Soap Queen has a great recipe for making a Healing, Soothing Sunburn Lotion. Note that this particular recipe, however, does require a scale as you’ll be weighing your ingredients rather than measuring them out. It yields five 4oz. bottles so you can make some for yourself, your family and your friends to carry with them and slather on whenever the burn gets to be too much.
Healing, Soothing Sunburn Lotion Recipe
(Recipe courtesy of Soap Queen Blog.)
18 oz. Aloe Vera Water
1.2 oz. Shea Butter
1.7 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
1 oz. Avocado Oil
1.2 oz. Emulsifying Wax
1 oz. Stearic Acid
.2 oz. Phenonip
.1 oz. German Chamomile
.1 oz. Lavender Essential Oil

You can also buy the Lotion Kit here and substitute the water portion with Aloe Vera (gel) Water.

Digital scale
Stick Blender
one 16 oz. wide-mouth container
one 32 oz. wide-mouth container
Five 4 ounce bottles

Why German Chamomile? German Chamomile has a high azulene content. Azulene helps calm skin inflamation and decrease redness. Lavender is useful for helping to reduce the sting in the burn and the aromatherapy properties may help to provide emotional stability during the painful sunburn recovery period. Aloe Vera Gel (water) is a well known healing and soothing plant for all kinds of common skin issues, from cuts to bruises to sunburns.


For step by step instructions on completing this recipe as well as photos of the process, visit Soap Queen blog. You’ll also find recipes there for crafting your own Soothing After Sun Oil and Making an After Sun Spritzer.

What’s your favorite product or raw plant material to use on your sunburns?


  • Anonymous

    July 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks Rebecca, no time to make anything before I leave but I can deffo look for these ingrediants before I buy. Everything I was putting on my face was burning so badly, it was horrible and it was making my face even more red. VERY helpful info!!! Thanks again!!

  • Tiffany at Beyond Magical

    July 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing these! My husband gets burned and just buys whatever is on hand at the store, but I, the woman who wears spf 100- seriously, need something gentle if I get burned. I will definitely be using this!

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