All About The After Sun Care

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Fun In The Sun Can Result In Pain…Seek Relief


Sunburn strikes every summer, usually due to lack of protection from the sun, or simply just too much exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun.  We all need to be careful not to get burned by the sun especially babies, small children and the elderly, due to their thinner/sensitive skin.  If you have light skin and fair hair you are more likely to burn in the sun.  Just 15 minutes of sun exposure can lead to a sunburn.  Sunburn symptoms can worsen in the first 24-36 hours after the sunburn takes place.


Signs of Sunburn

  • Redness of the skin
  • Skin is sore to the touch
  • Skin swells and/or blisters
  • Peeling of dried skin occurs (usually 3-5 days after burn occurs) Note : Do NOT peel away the skin!

Note : If you experience the following you may have Sun Poisoning (Severe Sunburn) : Chills, Dizziness, Fever, Headache, Nausea, and Vomiting.
Be sure to seek medical attention if needed.


7 Essential Oils For After Sun Care


Methods of Application

  • Bath

Mix 6-12 Drops of Essential Oil(s) into 1-2 Tablespoons of Carrier Oil such as Fractionated Coconut or Jojoba add mixture to a cool bath.  A cool bath is most beneficial directly after sun exposure.

  • Carrier

Mix 6-12 Drops of Essential Oil(s) into 1 Ounce of one of the following Carriers: Aloe Vera Gel (Organic), Lotion (Unscented), (Carrier) Oil such as Fractionated Coconut or Jojoba.  Note : Heat and discomfort may occur when a carrier oil is applied to a fresh burn, use a carrier oil after the burn has begun to heal.  (This does not apply to Aloe Vera Gel (Organic) and Lotion (Unscented))

  • Compress

Add 6-12 Drops of Essential Oil(s) to 3-6 Ounces of cool water and stir together before adding compress material.  (We recommend using a washcloth, hand-towel or a piece of cloth as the compress material)  Soak the compress material, wring it out, and place it over the affected area.  Repeat ever 5-15 minutes or as needed.

  • Neat

Only apply Lavender Essential Oil neat or undiluted to the skin.  You might apply Lavender neat if there is a small area of sunburn, or streaked sunburn.

  • Spray(s)

In a spray bottle mix 6-12 Drops of Essential Oil(s) into 4 Ounces of one of the following: Water, Hydrosol(s), Aloe Vera Gel (Organic) (2 oz.) & Water (2 oz.), or Aloe Vera Gel (Organic) (2 oz.) & Hydrosol(s) (2 oz.).  Shake well before each use.  Apply as needed.  Store in refrigerator, this will increase the cooling effect and the prolong shelf life.



Quick Aloe Vera Gel After Sun Relief Recipe


Note : The guidelines above are intended for adults, not babies, young children and/or the elderly.  If you would like to learn how to adapt these guidelines for babies, young children and/or the elderly please email


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28 Responses to “All About The After Sun Care”

  1. Rob July 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM #

    Good tips on how to use the oils! We try and avoid this as much as possible.

    • lizsgard July 2, 2013 at 7:06 PM #

      Rob, we hope you don’t have to use these tips, but just in case…you’ll be prepared.

  2. Marilyn July 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM #

    Thank you for these excellent remedies, love it. I have only been burnt 2 times, thank goodness. Though since moving to Florida 3 years ago, I am noticing some skin changes in my face… I am not at all happy with that. I have flawless skin so noticing a spot is important to me, so I will check out some natural things to use on my face. I drive a lot, so it is mainly on one side lol.

    • lizsgard July 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM #

      I’m happy to hear you love these tips! Marilyn, keep checking our blog for a skin care post.

  3. Christy Garrett July 2, 2013 at 5:37 PM #

    This is useful information. I have only used aloe on my sunburns. It seems like it only works for a few minutes though.

    • lizsgard July 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM #

      Christy, Aloe Vera Gel is great, but Aloe Vera Gel with Essential Oils is even better when seeking sunburn relief.

  4. Alexandra McAllister July 2, 2013 at 5:46 PM #

    Thanks for sharing these useful tips and products! I walk a lot and always have the highest number of sun protection. Sometimes, my face, arms and legs look like they are white! Quite a site! Best to be safe.

    • lizsgard July 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM #

      Alexandra, yes best to be safe!

  5. Erin July 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM #

    Thanks so much for these tips and suggestions! I am out in the sun a lot during the summer, so this will come in handy!

    • lizsgard July 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM #

      Take care Erin.

  6. MamaRed July 2, 2013 at 8:23 PM #

    Oh so wish I had known about these warnings and healing options ever so many years ago when I was young and foolish and thought a deep dark tan was ever so much more “beautiful” than my white freckled skin! Thanks for the reminders and how to use essential oils for sunburn. Love it!

    • lizsgard July 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM #

      MamaRed it’s never too late to invite essential oils into your life, where you once were foolish you now will be wise. Happy you love it!

  7. Katrina Bennetts July 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM #

    great tips! Being in Australia we always make sure we take every precaution possible with the sun! :)

    • lizsgard July 3, 2013 at 12:24 PM #

      Katrina stay sun safe!

  8. Cindy Taylor July 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM #

    Great ideas to soothe that sunburn! Thanks for giving us additional ideas than just living with the pain!!

    • lizsgard July 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM #

      Sure thing Cindy!

  9. Lorii Abela July 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM #

    This is pretty timely. Not only that, but the “after sun care” tips are very useful as well. Quite benefiting.

    • lizsgard July 3, 2013 at 8:24 PM #

      Thank-you Lorii.

  10. Pat Moon July 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM #

    The sun is really our friend as it provides wonderful natural, healthy light as well as the very important vitamin D that is necessary to be healthy. Yet we are often caught up in making it our enemy by abusing its power, then it can be damaging. Common sense needs to be applied when you are going to be out in the sun.

    • lizsgard July 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM #

      Pat, thanks for the friendly reminder…The sun is not our enemy, use common sense!

  11. Daniele Holmberg July 4, 2013 at 9:44 PM #

    Great ideas for after sun care! My skin is so pale, I always try to steer clear of the sun and I wear a moisturizer with spf in it everyday! The sun is defintiely not my friend. Thanks for the ideas to care for yourself after being in the sun! Happy Fourth!

    • lizsgard July 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM #

      Way to be smart Daniele by wearing a moisturizer with spf! Hope you enjoyed your 4th of July.

  12. Robin July 7, 2013 at 11:05 PM #

    It’s cool to hear that you can use oils for so many things… I bet eucalyptus after a sunburn feels delightful and fresh!

    • lizsgard July 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM #

      Robin, the list goes on and on.

  13. Sharon O'Day July 8, 2013 at 2:39 AM #

    Love the idea of using something other than chemical, processed products on sunburns. Unfortunately, I grew up on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro long before we knew how dangerous the sun was for our skin. So today, although I live in South Florida, I avoid it almost entirely!

    • lizsgard July 8, 2013 at 12:05 PM #

      You are not along on loving the idea of using something other than chemical, processed products on sunburns!

  14. Wow! Those oils really do anything! Wowsers, I am totally impressed… :)

  15. Carl Mason-Liebenberg July 9, 2013 at 8:29 AM # using essential oils!!

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