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Lying in the sun for an hour, even after 3 pm, can leave me looking as red as a tomato. So naturally, I try to avoid it at all costs. But, sometimes, that’s not possible. Whether it’s because I have planned a day on the beach with my boy or just need to pop out for quick shopping or run errands in the middle of the day, which can leave me with red skin.
One thing that has worked wonders for me is my homemade calming body spray inspired by Formula Botanica’s Aloe Vera Repair Mist. It offers quick relief from inflamed skin and is made with soothing lavender, aloe vera juice, and cooling peppermint hydrosols. It’s easy to make, and you only need a few ingredients and a spray bottle.
Table of Contents
- What Is Calming DIY After-Sun Body Spray?
- Calming DIY After-Sun Body Spray Ingredients
- How to Use Calming DIY After-Sun Body Spray
- How To Make Calming DIY After-Sun Body Spray
What Is Calming DIY After-Sun Body Spray?
A calming DIY after-sun body spray is a calming product formulated to soothe and restore red, sun-irritated skin. Spray it all over your body whenever you get out of the sun. A combination of hydrating and regenerating ingredients can help to repair and restore your skin.
Calming DIY After-Sun Body Spray Ingredients
To create After-Sun Body Spray, you’ll need:
Calming lavender hydrosol: Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, lavender hydrosol helps reduce redness and keep your skin looking healthy.
Cooling peppermint hydrosol: a gentle, cooling, refreshing peppermint hydrosol is a must-have in the summer heat. Rich in menthol, it helps cool the skin and reduce pain, giving instant relief to hot, red skin.
Refreshing rosemary hydrosol: Another refreshing hydrosol that fights inflammation, protects skin from oxidative stress and slows ageing – a fabulous addition to any DIY after-sun kit.
Aloe vera juice: Soothing, moisturising and repairing aloe vera juice is perfect for sunburn. It hydrates and restores the skin, helping to keep it healthy.
Vegetable glycerin: a humectant that draws moisture to the skin, helping to keep it hydrated and smooth.
Allantoin: Like aloe vera, allantoin is effective at soothing and repairing sun-damaged skin and keeping it healthy.
D-Panthenol is a great moisturising ingredient that soothes and softens skin. It works by locking in moisture, reducing Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL).
Dermosoft 1388 eco: A broad spectrum water-soluble preservative effective against bacteria and mould.
How to Use Calming DIY After-Sun Body Spray
To make the most of this homemade body spray, spray it generously all over your body when out and about and after a day in the sun. Reapply throughout the day to refresh, and soothe the skin. As it is essential oil-free, you can spritz it onto your face too!
How To Make Calming DIY After-Sun Body Spray
Calming DIY After-Sun Body Spray RecipeDifficulty: Beginner Formulator
This is one of the easiest DIY after-sun body spray recipes you will ever come across. Combine ingredients in a glass beaker, give it a good stir, check the ph of the product and fill a spray bottle.
- In a disinfected glass beaker, weigh lavender, peppermint, rosemary hydrosol, aloe vera juice, and D-Panthenol (phase A ingredients) and stir until well blended.
- Disperse allantoin (phase B) in phase A using a glass rod or a homogeniser until it is thoroughly combined.
- Check the pH and adjust it to 5.0 – 5.5 if necessary. You can use a drop or two sodium bicarbonate solutions to increase it or a drop or two sodium bicarbonate solutions.
- Add Dermosoft 1388 eco (phase C).
- Measure the pH again and adjust it to 5.0 – 5.5 if necessary.
- Pour your body spray into a bottle with a spray mist nozzle, label and date.
Skin Patch Test
- Carry out a skin patch test before incorporating calming body spray into your regimen. Although ingredients used may be well-tolerated by most people, some may be sensitive or even allergic to them. Apply a small amount of the product onto a clear skin patch and leave it for 24-48 hours. If your skin turns red or itchy, or you experience any irritations, discontinue using the product.
Shelf Life and Storage
I have used a broad-spectrum preservative, Dermosoft 1388 eco, to prevent bacterial growth and keep the spray safe. The spray should last for about 6 months to a year. However, our kitchens are not microbe-free labs. If you notice any change in smell, colour or texture, dispose of the product and whip up a new batch. Store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Please remember that swapping the ingredients in the formula will alter the final product. Consider how the ingredient you wish to switch will affect the final product’s scent, consistency, or absorbency when making changes.
Hydrosols add a beautiful fragrance to the spray. They are also much milder than essential oils, affordable and widely available on the market. However, you can use essential oils if you like instead. Check out my DIY Cooling Peppermint Spray here. It’s not just for hot flashes. Spritzing it on flushed skin will provide instant relief thanks to its cooling effect.
Aloe Vera, soothing and moisturising, is one of the most effective after-sun skincare ingredients. It is widely available in liquid, gel and powder forms. If you can’t find it, witch hazel and tea can help reduce inflammation, making them excellent picks for sunburn.
Glycerine is a well-known moisturiser that can help treat minor irritations like skin burns. You can use glycerites instead, like chamomile.
Can I add essential oils to a cooling body spray?
Absolutely. Essential oils like lavender, peppermint, green tea and marigold are known for their calming, cooling and pain-relieving properties. When using essential oils, always do so cautiously. Remember that essential oils are potent plant extracts that should always be diluted before use.
What can I do to cool the sunburn and speed up the healing process?
There are a few things you can do to relieve sunburn. Drink more water, take a milk or oatmeal bath, apply aloe vera juice or gel and gentle moisturiser and wear loose-fitting clothes. Most importantly, be cautious before going back into the sun.