Sunburned? Try This.

Summer is upon us, and with it comes inevitable sun exposure. Although I’m much more careful about protecting my skin with the essentials (daily moisturizer with SPF, sunscreen, hats, etc.) than my younger self was, I will always adore laying on the beach, soaking up the sun’s rays (and Vitamin D) and Zenning out. And there are myriad other sun-drenched summer activities I look forward to every summer, as well: camping, barbecues (hold the meat!), gardening, bike rides and more. My fair skin gets a wee bit tanner during these months, and, more often than not, suffers a few regrettable sunburns. Whether my skin is beet red or just sun-kissed, I’ve found it incredibly beneficial to use an all-natural skin spray after I’ve been out in the sun.

My favorite is the Save Your Skin spray from Solar Recover, which smells heavenly and seems to fix the damage. Not only does the spray prevent my sunburns from getting worse or peeling, but generous application immediately afterward usually make the redness disappear overnight. The ingredients are natural agents for skin cell recovery and soothing, and include Vitamin E and essential oils of lavender, chamomile, geranium, calendula, and more. The gentle, reparative combination makes for a good spray for a variety of skin types and problems aside from sunburns, including dry or irritated skin. The spray bottle and light, non-greasy mixture alleviates any need for touching or rubbing aching skin. Save Your Skin is available in 12 ounce bottles for $13 at various retailers or online at solarrecover.com.

It’s easy enough to make your own after-sun spray, too, especially if you already have the ingredients on hand. Last summer, I whipped up a batch using distilled water, aloe vera, Vitamin E, rose water and a variety of essential oils that I already had. Add the ingredients together in a spray bottle, shake it up, and start spritzing.  The skincare benefits are great, but perhaps the best use I’ve found for the stuff is as a refresher on a hot day. Stick it in the refrigerator before you head to the beach or on any sweltering day for a delightful, rejuvenating way to cool off.