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Sunburn relief gel with aloe vera

Oh boy, I haven’t had a sunburn in years. That’s very unusual for a redhead. But, having learned my lesson as a kid, I’m pretty good at remembering to apply sunscreen, so I have never had a need for sunburn relief gel, until today.

Homemade sunscreen

You know, natural sunscreen is so expensive. Because of that, I wanted to try and make my own. So, I ordered the ingredients necessary to make a good homemade sunscreen, but the ingredients didn’t come in time for our mini vacation. Consequently, I had to compromise. So, I thought, I’ll just purchase a travel size bottle of regular sunscreen. It’s not a big deal just this once. My boys and I will only need to use it probably a couple of times at most. I thought, I’ll make homemade sunscreen upon returning home. So I bought a bottle.

When I finally needed to my regular sunscreen, I realized I had bought a bottle that was expired. In any case, I had nothing else to use, and my boys and I were about to enjoy a day at a popular waterpark. We weren’t going to miss out just because the sunscreen was a little old. So, I applied the sunscreen and hoped for the best.

Soothing a sunburn naturally

Now, I’m unsure if it was due to the sunscreen having expired or if it’s because I should have reapplied sunscreen in the short time the sun was out. Nonetheless, I burnt my back. As a result, I needed to make something to soothe my sunburn. I forgot the pain, the sting and the tightness of a sunburn. I am thankful my two young boys (8 and almost 14 months) did not get burnt.


Luckily, I had the ingredients necessary to make sunburn relief gel – aloe vera, witch hazel, vitamin E oil and essential oils.

Aloe vera is known for its ability to heal the skin. Since it is about 98% water, it will also re-hydrate your skin. I needed an additional ingredient to help the essential oils combine with the aloe vera so I added witch hazel. Witch hazel is an astringent that is used to heal cuts, etc. Vitamin E oil is known for its ability to heal the skin. I used peppermint essential oil because it has a cooling effect and, in addition, it has pain-relieving properties. Lavender essential oil is known for its ability to heal the skin and it will help with the sting of a sunburn.

Does it work

You betcha. As soon as it was applied to my skin, I felt relief. It was immediately cooling and it relieved the sting and the pain. After a few minutes, my back continued to feel very hot, but the otherwise, it felt much better.

Sunburn relief gel with aloe vera
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1/8 cup witch hazel
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  1. Add the aloe vera gel to a bowl.
  2. Pour in the witch hazel.
  3. Pour in the vitamin E oil.
  4. Add the essential oils.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Pour into a squeezable BPA free bottle.
Recipe Notes

This recipe might work in a spray bottle. However, I wouldn’t count on it. If you would like a spray, use aloe vera juice instead. I also suggest using aloe vera that must be kept refrigerated so that you can keep this in the fridge to enhance the cooling feeling of this sunburn relief gel.

Originally, I intended on making a spray. However, I didn’t have aloe vera juice. A spray is better if you need to apply it yourself. I found the gel worked just fine in the sense that I (well, my husband) could just rub it in my skin a bit.

Where I buy my ingredients

I am very frugal. My mom taught me well. I always hunt down the best products for the best price. Here is a list of what I used and where I bought it. I provide links (from Well.ca or Amazon) to show you the products and so you can buy them online if you like.

  1. Aloe vera gel – local health food store (but you can get it for much less on Amazon)
  2. Witch hazel – local grocery store (Superstore, PC brand) or local pharmacy (store brand)
  3. Vitamin E oil – Amazon
  4. Peppermint essential oil – Amazon
  5. Lavender essential oil Amazon

Please share if you know someone who would find this helpful. Thanks! 🙂

What do you use for natural sunburn relief? Have you tried aloe vera gel? Share your comments below.

Be happy, stay healthy! 🙂






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