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Jun 25, 2016 BY Seanna Cohen

Guest Post: DIY Saviours for Sun-Stressed Skin

—  found in  Beauty  —

Had a little too much fun in the sun recently? Even though you try your best to protect yourself with SPF and shade it’s sometimes inevitable that the sun gets the best of you. The next time that happens, instead of reaching for a chemical-laden, artificially green-coloured “aloe vera” gel (which actually contains very little aloe), try these DIY recipes to cool, soothe, and hydrate your skin.

Honeydew and Raw Honey Hydrating Mask

Raw honey is a natural humectant that attracts moisture to itself. It’s also naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which makes it a perfect ingredient to treat sunburns.

Honeydew, besides being extremely cooling is high in vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant and combatant of sun damage. Even after sun damage has occurred, it’s not too late to recruit the work of antioxidants. Studies have shown that vitamin C applied topically to the skin 15 to 30 minutes after sun exposure can prompt skin repair. As well, a number of studies have found that topical vitamin E can lessen sunburn and reduce UV-induced damage, including the occurrence of cancerous cells.

DIY
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp of chilled, ripened honeydew (mashed)
  • 1 Tbsp of raw honey
  • 1-2 drops of vitamin E oil
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients together and use a cosmetic brush or your fingers to apply liberally onto freshly cleansed skin (face or body – but be warned it will be sticky!).
  2. Let sit as a mask treatment for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Rinse off with cool water and follow up with a hydrating serum and moisturizer.

Lemon Balm Cooling Mist

Lemon balm, a member of the mint family, is well known for its ability to treat various skin conditions and can speed the healing process of inflammatory conditions like burns and bacterial infections. Keep this in a cooler beside the pool to help your skin stay calm and hydrated.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of fresh, or 1/4 cup of dried lemon balm
  • 1 cup of boiling water
Instructions
  1. In a glass jar, pour boiling water over lemon balm and let sit for 1 hour, or up to 24 hours.
  2. Strain the tea and pour liquid into a glass spray bottle.
  3. Spray liberally on face or body to cool and soothe overheated skin.
  4. Keep in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Honourable Mentions

Coconut oil, which is rich is fatty acids, is healing and naturally cooling. Liberally apply this all over your body immediately after too much sun to hydrate and calm the skin (not recommended for the face if you are prone to breakouts).

Pure aloe vera pulp (from a plant) can be applied directly onto skin, or mixed with any oil to help calm and heal sunburns. If you’re looking for a store bought version, always check the ingredients to ensure you are getting pure aloe vera.

How do you keep things cool in the summer heat? Share with us in the comments below!

Jun 25, 2016 BY Seanna Cohen
10 Comments
m   •   June 28, 2016

Great information...never thought to use lemon balm..this website is very informative!!! tks

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Heather Allen   •   June 28, 2016

Alice Palacios   •   April 27, 2017

wow. thanks for this useful article loved it. I personally feel Whatever products you may use, skin will still appear dull if you don't take certain precautions like applying body lotion or wearing sunglasses while going outside. You can get them online from Wholesale sunglasses distributor selling sunglasses in bulk at affordable price. But these home remedies are ever green thanks for sharing.

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 27, 2017

Alice P.   •   April 27, 2017

wow. thanks for this useful article loved it. But I personally feel Whatever products you may use, skin will still appear dull if you don't take certain precautions like applying body lotion or wearing sunglasses while going outside. You can get them online from Wholesale sunglasses distributor selling sunglasses in bulk at affordable price. But these home remedies are ever green thanks for sharing.

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Irene H.   •   May 6, 2017

Thanks for sharing these amazing tips to protect our skin from sun. I think it is always better to go natural. Apart from this, it is important to always cover your face and eyes whenever you go outside. The best way is to wear sunglasses that absorb most of the glare and protect our eyes from harmful UV rays. You can get polarized sunglasses online from online stores such as http://elsunglasses.com/full-shop/ at affordable price.

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Tressie Dawson   •   January 25, 2018

Amazing tips Joy, I am definitely going to follow this. Sun exposure is responsible for most of the visible aging of your skin and many other problems. To deal with this wrinkles problem I use Lifecell skin cream as this is one of the best anti aging cream. I am a big fan of natural ingredients and the good thing is, lifecell ingredients are natural. Thanks for the post Joy!

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Rachel Molenda   •   January 25, 2018

Rachel   •   March 12, 2018

When we are young, we are so frivolous with our skin in the sun. I wish I had gotten burnt fewer times! but I guess even now I could be more cautious and one day will write, I wish, I had put on more sunscreen now! :). Great piece. Thanks!

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 13, 2018

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