As the weather warms up, outdoor activities become more and more popular.

With the warmer weather, however, also brings with it increased UV radiation from the sun and a higher chance of painful, dangerous sunburns. While it’s always a good idea to take precautions to prevent getting sunburned in the first place, sometimes they can’t be avoided. Thankfully, remedies do exist that will help you ease the pain of a bad sunburn. If you are looking for a way to treat a sunburn, check out these instructions on how to make a DIY homemade sunburn spray to not only save your skin but also your bank account too!

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • 1/4 cup of liquid aloe vera juice
  • 1/4 cup of witch hazel
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 oz Vitamin E oil

How to Prepare Your DIY Homemade Sunburn Spray

Making DIY homemade sunburn spray is as simple as mixing all of the ingredients listed above together in a bowl then pour them into a spray bottle. For an extra cooling effect, store your spray bottles in the refrigerator so that the spray will be nice and cold when you go to use it.

Why this Sunburn Spray Works so Well

Liquid aloe vera has all of the same cooling and inflammation-relieving properties of aloe vera gel, which is a classic for sunburn relief. Likewise, witch hazel is great for relieving red, irritated skin and is commonly used to treat burns, rashes, and more. Both of these ingredients also serve to dilute the essential oils that are present in the spray. Extremely potent, these essential oils make the DIY homemade sunburn spray a lot more effective, but they are best used diluted in order to avoid further skin irritation.

Peppermint essential oil contains large amounts of menthol, which has a wonderful cooling effect when applied to hot, sunburned skin. Meanwhile, lavender essential oil has several properties that help sunburns heal quicker. Lavender is great for your skin and can also help soothe any irritations that form due to a sunburn such as blisters.

Eucalyptus essential oil is similar to lavender in its skin-soothing properties, and both a frequently used to treat first-degree burns. Lastly, Vitamin E oil works to prevent your skin from becoming damaged even after your sunburn has healed. It’s a great moisturizer and also a powerful antioxidant, able to replenish cells that have been damaged by the free radicals that a sunburn causes.

Thanks to the varied properties of all these ingredients, this spray is effective both at reducing the pain caused by a sunburn and expediting the healing process. Though it is always good to do everything you can to avoid being badly sunburned, the next time your skin is feeling the consequences of being in the sun a little too long, mix up some of this DIY homemade sunburn spray and let the healing properties of these ingredients do what they do best.