Every summer, I re-kindle my love-hate relationship with the sun. I love to be outside! My whole family loves to be outside, and we are as often as possible. The problem is rooted in the fact that my skin is so complicated. I have vitiligo and rosacea for starters. Five minutes in full sunlight and I am red as a rose. So, I have an arsenal of sunscreen, hats, shirts, rash guards, and portable shade everywhere I go. Sounds silly to some, but it is what it is. Even the best I can do, sometimes I still end up with too much sun. This DIY after sun spray is the perfect blend of cooling and soothing plus it’s quick and easy to make!
You don’t need a ton of supplies or ingredients in order to pull this off, but there are a few things worth noting. You want to buy witch hazel that has one ingredient listed: witch hazel. Avoid any aloe vera that’s colored. Pure aloe vera (whether it’s liquid or gel) is clear and or white. It isn’t green, blue or any other color of the rainbow. Pay attention to the list of ingredients on the back of the bottle. You want aloe vera listed as the first ingredient and less than 5 preservative and/or stabilizer ingredients listed afterwards. You need three essential oils – Lavender, Copaiba, and Peppermint. You have a lot of choices when it comes to which brand of essential oils you use. I use and trust dōTERRA. I love their coimpact sourcing standards and their commitment to purity. Each bottle is exactly what it says it is. Nothing more. Nothing less.
To a 30ml spray bottle (I like the doTERRA brand), add 1 tsp aloe, 5 drops each lavender, peppermint, and copaiba, and then top off with witch hazel. Secure lid and shake well. You can store this in your pool/beach bag if you want, or you can store it in the cooler/fridge for an extra cooling effect!
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