The Sun is beginning to shine, and we are spending more time outside. So how many of you have had the yearly sunburn yet? Don’t let the pain get you down, we have the best AfterSun Sunburn Relief Gel! And it’s homemade from natural ingredients!
This article originally published July 20, 2016, and has been updated for your convenience. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases at no cost to you.
Natural Sunburn Relief Gel
The great thing about this homemade AfterSun Sunburn relief gel is that it is made from natural ingredients. And only 3 ingredients at that!
All ingredients are known for being quality ingredients for your skin too! Plus it is so easy to toss together a jar of this in under 5 minutes for quick sunburn relief!
Sunburn Relief Gel Ingredients:
- 100% pure aloe vera Gel
- Pure Lavender Essential Oil
- Pure Peppermint Essential Oil
- Small hermetic jar
If you want the best results with this Aftersun Sunburn relief gel you need to use as pure of ingredients as possible. Not all essential oils are made equally. And as I was shopping for Aloe Vera, I discovered not all aloe vera is created equally as well.
Ensure you acquire pure essential oil without additives or dilutants.
Also, ensure you get Aloe Vera Gel as natural and as Pure as you can. While the “other stuff” WILL work, it won’t work as quickly or to the same level of quality.
Aloe Vera Gel has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and also contains active compounds that may decrease pain. Plus, what else is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of sunburn relief?
For me, it’s always been Aloe Vera Gel! So naturally, that is our base.
I found the Clean + Easy Soothe Aloe Vera Gel on Amazon and it was much better than what I could find in my stores here. It is also what they have at my local salon for treatment on the skin after hair removal and I liked how it felt.
UPDATE – At the release of this recipe, the Clean + Easy soothe aloe vera was the best option available in quality at the time. But since then better options have become available on the market. Now you can find even more natural Organic aloe vera gel and cold-pressed aloe vera gels online.
Simply read the ingredients and watch for Aloe Vera Gels that say 100% and Cold-pressed. Ingredients usually are basic and are limited to Cold-Pressed Organic Aloe Vera (99.75%), Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, and Xanthan.
Search for PURE ALOE VERA GEL on AMAZON.
Why Essential Oils for Sunburn relief.
Lavender Essential oil is known to be a great healer for all kinds of skin ailments such as bug bites, itching, stretch marks and more. It is also perfect for Sunburns. It calms the skin and helps it heal faster than aloe vera gel alone.
Lavender Essential oil also reduces the amount of peeling and itching you will suffer after a sunburn if you apply immediately. Frequent use can also reduce the amount of scarring.
Peppermint Essential Oil is an instant soother. It helps to stop your skin from continuing to burn. But it also has an instant cooling effect that helps your skin from hurting. It penetrates and soothes the pain.
Together the Lavender and Peppermint oils help the Aloe Vera gel to instantly
- Stop the excessive pain from the sunburn
- Stop the burning
- Offer an instant cooling effect
- Soothes and moisturizes
- Leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and much happier
- Reduces the chance of peeling and itching later
- Allows the sunburn to turn into a tan instead of peeling off.
Best of all I can have a summer’s sunburn relief gel supply ready in under 5 minutes! It is so easy to put together! And if you put your gel into cute little hermetic jars they make great gifts too!
Sunburn Relief Gel Directions
Add 3 Tablespoons Pure Aloe Vera Gel into a small Hermetic jar. I found mine at Micheals. But you can also find some cute ones on Amazon as well. You will want about 2- 3 oz jars for this recipe.
After you add the Aloe Vera Gel into the jar then you will add 15 drops pure Lavender Essential Oil.
Add 15 drops Pure Peppermint Essential Oil.
With a stick or back end of a spoon stir until the oils and aloe vera are mixed well. It will turn your aloe vera slightly cloudy.
Then Seal the lid and it is ready to use!
I prefer this easy homemade AfterSun Sunburn Relief Gel to lotions because it
- Soaks into my skin faster
- Doesn’t leave a greasy residue
- Instantly soothes my skin
- Smooths and softens
- Instantly calms burning pain from the sunburn
- Only 3 ingredients
- Faster and easier to make
You will want to apply instantly after you have spent any time out in the sun. Even if you applied sunscreen and didn’t get burned. It will help to condition your skin.
But it is especially important to apply instantly after a sunburn. And continue to apply every few hours or whenever the sunburn is causing pain, feels dry or itches.
Not only will your skin look and feel amazing, but it will also smell amazing! I honestly love the scent, as it is very light but refreshing at the same time.
I’m normally not a fan of lavender oil. Call me crazy but to me, it just doesn’t smell good. It actually gives me a headache if you can believe that.
BUT, combined with the aloe vera and peppermint oil it mellows it enough that I actually love the scent and it even soothes headaches from spending too much time outside in the hot sun.
HOMEMADE AFTERSUN SUNBURN RELIEF GEL WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
Say Goodbye to Painful, Itchy, Peeling sunburns! This Homemade AfterSun Sunburn Relief Gel instantly Soothes, Cools, heals and moisturizes your skin.
- 3 Tablespoons Pure Aloe Vera Gel
- small Hermetic jar (2- 3 oz)
- 15 drops pure Lavender Essential Oil
- 15 drops Pure Peppermint Essential Oil
- Add 3 Tablespoons Pure Aloe Vera Gel into a small Hermetic jar.
- Add 15 drops pure Lavender Essential Oil
- Add 15 drops Pure Peppermint Essential Oil.
- With a stick or back end of a spoon stir until the oils and aloe vera are mixed well. It will turn your aloe vera slightly cloudy.
- Seal the lid and it is ready to use!
- This is one of those times where the quality of the ingredients will definitely make a difference. Try to get the highest quality of Aloe Vera and Essential Oils that you can find. What you find in a general store will be effective, but the better the quality of ingredients, the greater the effectiveness of the gel.
- If you absolutely despise the lavender or peppermint oil scent, you can try adding different essential oils that are known to heal and condition skin, like Eucalyptus Oil or Orange Sweet Oil.
- You can store the jars sealed in a cupboard away from sunlight. It usually lasts about a year and still remains potent enough to soothe the skin!
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If you absolutely despise the lavender or peppermint oil scent, you could try adding different essential oils that are known to heal and condition skin, like Eucalyptus Oil or Orange Sweet Oil.
But they may not offer the same skin benefits. But it is a good alternative if you have issues with either of those oils.
You can store the jars sealed in a cupboard away from sunlight. It actually lasts a long time and still remains potent enough to soothe the skin!
UPDATE: I’ve actually had a jar for about a year, and it still works. Not as potent as when it was first mixed. But still works. It also can become a little runnier the older the gel gets. But it can still be used. But making a fresh batch at the beginning of summer every year is ideal.
Or for some extra soothing store one in the fridge to stay cold. Can’t you just imagine how amazing that will feel on burning sunburns? Or any kind of skin irritation even!
Now go enjoy your days in the sun and don’t worry about your skin afterward (though, do always remember the sunscreen)! Have a jar of this Aftersun Sunburn Relief handy to apply when you come indoors!
Sunburn or not it will feel amazing to slather on after any time outdoors.
And if you happen to get an accidental sunburn, you have the best AfterSun Sunburn relief gel ready and waiting for you.
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Monday 14th of February 2022
Can you use fresh aloe jel from your plants?
Tuesday 29th of March 2022
I believe you could.
Thursday 21st of May 2020
I have used this recipe for a few years now and it works wonders! Last year my daughter got a second degree sunburn all across her shoulders and down her arms. This was a lifesaver! I modified it by adding some Bio Oil. I will never use anything else! Thank you!
Sunday 12th of August 2018
Thank you so much for this post. I made a batch last week after getting a sun burn. It felt wonderful! Tonight as I was cooking dinner my arm got burned bad. My husband was ready to take me to the hospital. I said no, let me try this stuff first. I slathered it on good. Pain immediately got better. Blisters went down and the redness is almost completely gone! My family was in awe! I will definitely be making more for my vacation to the beach in a couple of weeks. Thank you!!
Monday 27th of August 2018
I'm so very glad it was able to help!
Thursday 5th of July 2018
I love using Aloe Vera in the summer to soothe my skin but I've never made a sunburn relief gel myself- thanks for sharing this great recipe and I love the beautiful color of the gel!
Tuesday 3rd of July 2018
Thank you for this recipe! I just want to comment about the fact that the smell of Lavender typically gives you a headache. I always had the same problem and thought I was the odd man out, for it seemed everyone but me loved the smell of Lavender. However, I now know that it is the low grade of most Lavender on the market that I can't handle. The only thing I can tolerate is 100% pure premium grade Lavender. And funny enough, now that I have found it, it actually is one of my favourite EO's!
Tuesday 28th of August 2018
I think you are spot on! I started growing Lavendar plants this year in my garden and I absolutely LOVE the scent! I can't use any box store brand oil in lavender, it needs to be premium grade in order for it to not give me headaches.