I'm not gonna lie. One of the best things i enjoy at this moment is spending my days at the beach. Something i didn't quite appreciate last year. Like already said in a previous post, i'm taking in every single second. And swimming, sunbathing is what i live for right now.
My second favourite, is returning after a long day at the beach, taking a cold shower. And that second you feel cool and fresh, right before your skin starts to burn and your feeling like you're burning from the inside. I know what you're going to say. I'm avoiding the dangerous hours from 12 - 4 and sunbathe only either early in the morning, or in the afternoon.
Yesterday i discovered the very awesome after sun yogurt spray by Korres, but thought i should try making a body lotion to stay cool after the shower, since i'm all about organic stuff lately. Between you and me, i liked the challenge, since Korres is as organic as i need ;)
For the base, i used 50% shea butter and 50% my favourite rose body lotion. Amongst everything being great for insect bites, dry skin, skin rash it's great for skin peeling after tanning, sunburn and skin damage from heat.
Olive oil, is one of my favourite ingredients to use. Wether it's in my salads, on my hair or on my body. It's simply magical. Using olive oil on the sunburn keeps your skin moisturised and usually prevents the skin from peeling. If you got a really bad sun bur rub olive oil on the burn until it is moist. Don’t wash it off immediately. Wait a couple of hours until it doesn’t feel as oily.
We've got aloe's all over our house. It's the only plant that i have ever had, and it has lived, producing many babies. I feel like we definitely have a mutual love. Aloe is the number one ingredient for sunburns. It's basically perfect for everything. When i was about 5 and living with my grandmother in Russia, i'd cut an aloe leaf, and put it wherever i got injured - which was quite often, since i was the female version of Dennis the menace.
You can use some ready aloe gel, or you can cut a leaf in half, and scratch out the pulp. You can also have both. I went with the real thing.
Coconut oil, works wonders as a moisturiser, and with a burnt dry skin, that's exactly what you need. So what i did here, was leave a couple of lavender flowers for about an hour in the coconut oil. Once you dip them in, and squeeze them just a bit, you can smell the lavender right away.
3 tbs body lotion of your choice
3 tbs shea butter
2 tbs aloe vera pulp or gel - or 1 and 1
4 tsp olive oil
1 lavender blossom grated with your fingers
Mix everything together, et voila! I like keeping it in the fridge, so it's really cool to soothe the skin right away. It smells divine and works like magic. On top of everything, it could be a perfect summer gift.