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After Sun Lotion

After Sun Lotion

Summer sun can be harsh on the skin. This DIY, soothing after-sun lotion is light and lovely on the skin. With softening, restoring anti inflammatory essential oils it is a welcome relief at the end of a hot day. It will soothe and replenish moisture in parched skin. It also makes a nice body moisturiser, regardless of if you have been out in the sun or not.

Across the year, I spend time outdoors almost every day. I have grown to be more vigilant about protecting my skin in the past couple of years as age has started to highlight spots that probably developed as a carefree child who grew up on the river, or the young woman who carelessly baked in the sun at the beach. I now cover up in the sun with protective clothing and if at the beach also sunblock.

This lotion is light and soaks in quickly. As the ingredients are plant based they are quickly absorbed by the skin rather than sitting on the top of the skin, resulting in the heat being retained.

I like to have this soothing lotion on hand to use on any areas of the skin that have been exposed to the sun during the day. The lotion is gentle enough to use on the kids as required.

The table below the recipe outlines the properties of the ingredients so that you can understand why I have selected them to be included in the product.

After Sun Lotion
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DIY this light, gentle after sun lotion will be quickly absorbed by the skin after sun exposure. Anti inflammatory and moisturising plant based ingredients make this a must have lotion for the bathroom cabinet over Summer.
Recipe type: Skin Care
Serves: 200 ml
  • Fat Phase
  • 5 grams almond oil
  • 5 grams avocado oil
  • 5 grams shea butter
  • 10 grams cocoa butter
  • 5 grams apricot kernal oil
  • 12 grams emulsifying wax
  • Water Phase
  • 184 grams boiled (cooled) water
  • Essential Oils & additions
  • 10 drops Rosehip oil
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2 drops Chamomile Roman
  • 2 drops Chamomile German
  1. Measure out the ingredients for the Fat Phase into a bowl (that can be placed over a saucepan of water without the ingredient bowl base touching the water).
  2. Allow the fat phase ingredients to melt over a low heat. *They should not be heated above 70 degrees Celsius
  3. Weigh out the boiled (cooled water). It is easiest to add it to a measuring jug
  4. Pour the melted fat phase ingredients into a large Pyrex jug (or similar) Use a stick blender to blend the ingredients, adding the water in a slow steady stream
  5. Continue to blend until the mixture has cooled and thickens to the consistency of whipped cream
  6. Add and then stir in the rose hip oil and essential oils
  7. Pot into steralised jars (see notes)
  8. Use within a few weeks, keep in a cool location out of direct heat.
  9. This recipe makes approximately 200 ml of cream
Note: Measurements are important, all are in GRAMS including liquid ingredients.
Jars can be steralised via the dishwasher on a hot cycle or by placing them into a saucepan of water that is brought to the boil and boiled for 5-8 minutes and then drained upside down on a clean cloth. The third option is to do so via the oven set to 120 degrees celcius for 15 minutes - if the lid is not plastic. If the lid is plastic use the boiling method.

Ingredient Properties:

Ingredient   Properties
Almond Oil  Suitable for all skin types especially dry skin, after sun care. It is rich in protein
Avocado Oil  Very stable oil, high vitamin content, suitable for very dry and mature skin
Shea Butter  Softening, healing, natural sun screen, prevention of dry skin, Vitamin E and Pro vitamin A,  dermatitis, sunburn, irritation, elimination of rough flaky skin.
Cocoa Butter  Softening and soothing, protective, quick absorption. resistant to becoming rancid. Slows moisture  loss from the skin
Apricot Kernal Oil  Soothing for dry and inflamed skin
Emulsifying Wax  This ingredient holds the oil and the water components of the recipe together. A mixture of 90%  cetyl alcohol (a natural  fatty alcohol – like a fatty acid – extracted from palm oil) and 10% PEG – 25  stearate. I used a naturally-derived  emulsifier, that is effective but very mild on the skin. 
Rosehip Oil  Excellent oil for repairing burns. Replenishing for very dry and aging skin
Lavender Essential Oil  Soothing, anti-inflammatory. Excellent oil for treating burns
Chamomile German Essential Oil  Cooling and gentle on the skin. Anti inflammatory
Chamomile Roman Essential Oil  Anti inflammatory, soothing and healing, sedative
Eucalyptus Essential Oil  Excellent oil to use for abrasions, bites and itching. In small dilutions it has a soothing effect o nt he  skin.

Note: This recipe includes naturally sourced ingredients, despite this it is still possible for one or more ingredients to be unsuitable for some people. If you experience any reaction or discomfort (as with any product, or food) you should discontinue use immediately.

Soothing After Sun Lotion

Sun protection is obviously the best method for avoiding inflamed and damaged skin. I am not endorsing exposing your skin to the sun to the point of requiring an intervention. I am endorsing this lovely lotion as a soothing, replenishing cream to apply to you skin. A natural moisturiser that you can make yourself at home, free from chemical additives, full of high quality natural ingredients, or ingredients of your choice.


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  • Anne January 9, 2015, 10:06 am

    Hi kl your mum thinks these are all delicious, if any excess can you send home with dad xx

  • Merryn Galluccio January 14, 2015, 2:36 pm

    I love all of your home made creams Kyrstie and this is brilliant as my daughter came home sunburnt yesterday. All I could do was rub on an aloe vera leaf and apply cocoa butter afterwards. Could you substitute the apricot kernel for something else and are these essential oils suitable for sensitive skin? I would appreciate your advice and will check back for your reply, thanks. Merryn x

    • Kyrstie Barcak January 14, 2015, 2:57 pm

      Hi Merryn, thank you very much for your lovely feedback. Yes you can swap apricot kernel for any another cold pressed oil such as almond, avocado, or what every you have on hand. The oils are suitable for sensitive skin – they are a included in a very low dilution and are suitable even for very young children’s skin. Lavender is particularly good for burns (so long as it is a 100% pure essential oil and not a fragrance oil-as will all of the oils listed) Chamomile is also a valuable anti-inflammatory. I would say that if you are concerned leave the oils out, however, they do add significant value to the overall base of the cream for sunburn. K

  • Merryn Galluccio January 15, 2015, 1:19 pm

    Thank you very much Kyrstie I have almond and avocado so will make it with almond oil. I will try just use lavender and rosehip and skip the chamomile/eucalyptus I was worried about using these two. She is even redder today so off to the natural oil crate to create this concoction. Thank you 😀

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