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DIY recipe After-Sun Lotion in a Jar

It's so easy to overexpose your skin to the harmful rays of the sun during the summer months.  Whether you are gardening or playing at the beach, it doesn't take long before you have a sunburn, or you're pretty close to one.  Here is an excellent DIY recipe that will become one of your "must have" products during the summer season! 

This all-natural After-Sun Lotion is packed full of rich, skin healing ingredients to nourish overexposed skin and help relieve the burn. 

  • Cocoa butter is one of nature's richest moisturizers as it is high in fatty acids, which enhances skin penetration improving skin moisture, retention, and elasticity. 
  • Coconut oil, like cocoa butter, also contains medium chain fatty acids which provide the energy your skin needs to heal itself. 
  • Olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin without clogging pores and contains antioxidants that help neutralize the free radicals that cause skin damage. 
  • Aloe Vera gel has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and also contains active compounds that may decrease pain. 
  • Lavender essential oil is great for healing, cooling and soothing irritated skin and smells awesome! 

So, let's get started!  You will need the following: 

3 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel 
1 tablespoon Olive Oil 
2 tablespoon Coconut Oil 
1 tablespoon Cocoa Butter 
15 drops of Lavender essential oil 
4 oz (or larger) glass jar 

Simply measure out all of your ingredients into a glass bowl and mix into a creamy paste. You may find that you need to warm up the cocoa butter and coconut oil a bit.  Pour your lotion into your container.  I get all my plastic and glass containers from www.glassbottleoutlet.com. Store in a cool, dark place and this lotion should last for the summer.  You can also store your lotion in the refrigerator as it will feel that much better on a wicked sunburn.   

Of course, it is always best to prevent sunburn in the first place by always using sunscreen BEFORE you head out in the sun.  But, in case you or someone you love forgets, try this super soothing After-Sun Lotion remedy. 

Sources used to make this article: www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com