DIY : How to make your homemade after sun lotion ?

DIY | 2018-08-10 11:14:52

DIY : How to make your homemade after sun lotion ?

Summer’s in bloom, and you should be too!

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The sun’s out, the temperature’s rising, it’s great! Summer’s in full swing and life couldn’t be better.

A dip in the sea, tanning sessions under palm trees (or in the park – near enough the same), a lazy breakfast in the sun…the opportunities to sun yourself are endless.

But before we know it, despite thinking we’d done everything possible to protect ourselves from harmful rays, sunburn soon comes knocking. A tan is summer’s most coveted fashion accessory, but you’ll have to work for a healthy one ;)

A little science behind the suntan :

The skin is made up first and foremost of a superficial layer of different cells called the epidermis. Its outermost part – a corneal layer composed of keratinocytes – regenerates on average once every 25 days, and it is these cells which give the skin its tanned colour. Under the epidermis, a deeper, permanent layer of cells known as the dermis is where cells multiply to replace those which need regenerating, and is not directly involved in the tanning process. It is, however, essential in maintaining the healthy glow of the skin, as it is the collagen fibres and other constituent parts of the dermis which give skin its elasticity and resistance to the elements.

So, how does tanning work? When UV rays – particularly UVB rays – reach the skin, melanocytes (specialised cells which are also found within the epidermis) are activated, triggering the production of the natural pigment melanin. As the rays reach the keratinocytes, melanin reacts to give the skin a bronzed tint. .

Remember that there are two types of UV rays – UVA (95% of the rays) and UVB (the remaining 5%). The first of the two deeply penetrate the skin, reaching dermal cells and potentially causing long-term mutations, causing numerous health risks and aesthetic impacts – skin cancers and accelerated rates of skin-ageing, exacerbating the appearance of wrinkles and dark patches…UVB rays cause you to tan, but also to burn! A suntan generally appears two days after sun exposure, fading gradually around a month after epidermal cells regenerate, provided there is no further exposure during this period.

Does the sunburn tan ?

NO ! We often tell ourselves that we need to burn in order to tan, though this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sunburn is indeed a real burn, and the tan which follows will quickly disappear as the damaged epidermal cells work quickly to regenerate in a much shorter timeframe than the usual 25-day recovery period! In the first instance, the skin reddens as part of an inflammatory response often reported by sunburn sufferers.

The body responds using vasodilation, wherein blood vessels expand to increase blood flow to the affected area to draw heat away as quickly as possible. Next, the skin grows darker as a result of increased melanin production, though this is more a superficial tan than a longer-lasting, healthy one. It will disappear within a few days, after which the skin will begin to peel. Probably not the look you’re after!

So, sunburn isn’t something to be taken lightly – ultimately, it weakens the skin, making it more vulnerable to a wide range of conditions (wind, cold and saltwater, to name but a few). In the long-term, repeated instances of sunburn, and thus unprotected exposure to UVA and UVB rays, increases the risk of skin cancer and premature skin ageing.

What can we take from this? TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN and PROTECT IT!

Not to panic if you’ve lounged in the sun a little longer than anticipated and find yourself a little red as a result. We’ve put together a list of NATURAL after sun lotions which are easy to make at home to help sooth slightly inflamed skin.

Here are 2 homemade, 100% ORGANIC, 100% ECO-FRIENDLY, 100% NATURAL recipes which will help you to care for your inflamed skin, a soothing solution to keep a healthy, hydrated glow throughout summer.

Our pick of top ingredients :

carrot recipes after sun homemade


Well-known for helping maintain a healthy tan, carrots are also packed with nutrients. They contain beta-carotene, antioxidants, carotenoids, minerals and vitamins A and C. Carrots are a real asset in keeping skin healthy, protected and regenerated.

avocado recipes after sun homemade


As delicious to eat as well as using as a skin-mask, avocados are rich in vitamins B, C and E, ideal for fighting against skin-ageing. They hydrate, protect and moisturise skin, whilst also working well with scars and skin irritation more generally.

cucumber recipes after sun homemade


Cucumbers help to refresh and hydrate burnt skin. Made of 95% water, they illuminate and rejuvenate your tan.

coconut oil recipes after sun homemade


This multi-purpose oil takes us to warmer climes, all the while rich in moisturising, hydrating properties which our skin loves.

argan oil recipes after sun homemade


Rich in benefits, argan oil protects the skin whilst slowing down the skin-ageing process, helping your skin feel soft and refreshed.

almond oil recipes after sun homemade


Deeply hydrates, moisturises and soothes the skin.

Our recipes ideas:

“Freshness boost” after sun lotion :

Use our formula for an instantly cooling, refreshing boost !

diy after sun recipes homemade


  • ½ a cucumber
  • Aloe vera gel (available in organic retailers)
  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil


Cut the half-cucumber and mix it until pureed

Add 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel

In a bowl, add 6 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

Add 6 tablespoons of almond oil to the coconut oil

Mix together

Leave the mixture to cool in the fridge for maximum refreshment

“Hydration boost” after sun lotion :

Use this lotion for an instantly refreshing, moisturising fix!

diy after sun recipes homemade


  • ½ an avocado
  • 1 carrot
  • Aloe vera gel (available in organic retailers)
  • Argan oil

Directions :

Mix the avocado with the carrot

Add 5 tablespoons of aloe vera gel

Finish by adding 4 tablespoons of argan oil

Mix together

Leave the mixture to cool in the fridge

Allow the lotion to soak into the skin for a maximum of 10 minutes. Enjoy !

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