Ah, the quintessential summer holiday – sun-kissed beaches, outdoor adventures, and unfortunately, a rendezvous with sunburns and insect bites. As we enjoy the long sunny summer days and insects make their presence felt, our skin becomes a canvas of our summer escapades. In this blog post, we'll explore the effects of sunburns and insect bites on the skin and unveil a DIY Summer Skin Spray that harnesses the healing powers of Epsom salt, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar and lavender essential oil.
In the blog post:
1. SUNBURNS: A NOT-SO-WELCOME SOUVENIR
The sun brings so much joy! Not only does it provide the much-needed Vitamin D to boost our mood, but there is something about its warmth that brings so much relaxation. We all know that prolonged sun exposure can result in sunburns, leaving your skin red, irritated, and sensitive. Not to mention ruining some of your holiday! According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunburns are the result of damage to the DNA in skin cells caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This damage triggers inflammation and can lead to discomfort and peeling. We've all been there! Of course, using natural sunscreen and covering up is always the intention, but sometimes we can just get so carried away having fun in the sun, that we forget and the inevitable happens.
2. INSECT BITES: NATURE'S UNWANTED KISS
The joy of the great outdoors often comes with the pesky presence of insects. There is always the person, maybe you are the one just like me, that gets all the insect bites while those around you seem to be immune! Their bites inject saliva into the skin, causing an immune response that leads to itching, redness and swelling. Scratching exacerbates the issue, potentially leading to secondary infections. I don't know about you, but sunscreen is often the easy thing to remember and insect repellant is often not on my list! I'm not sure what's worse, sunburn or the incessant uncomfortable itching feeling of insect bites?!
3. SCIENTIFIC MAGIC BEHIND THE INGREDIENTS
If you find yourself sunburnt and on the receiving end of non-so-welcomed insect kisses, I have an amazing natural and easy-to-make solution to ease your discomfort and help heal the skin. I have been using this combination of ingredients for years and swear by it!
Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate): Epsom salt is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests that magnesium, a key component of Epsom salt, can help reduce inflammation and soothe skin. Additionally, it may aid in replenishing magnesium levels, promoting skin health.
Aloe Vera: Nature's Cooling Balm: Numerous studies highlight aloe vera's effectiveness in treating sunburns and insect bites. Aloe vera's gel contains compounds that exhibit anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties, offering relief from redness, swelling and itching.
Apple Cider Vinegar - pH Balancing and Anti-Itch: Apple cider vinegar has been traditionally used for its pH-balancing and anti-itch properties. Scientifically, its acetic acid content may help relieve itching and its pH-balancing nature can aid in soothing sunburned or irritated skin.
Lavender Essential Oil - Nature's Calming Essence: Lavender essential oil is celebrated for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests that inhaling lavender oil can reduce stress levels, contributing to the overall soothing effect on the skin.
4. THE HEALING ELIXER: DIY SUMMER SKIN SPRAY
1 tablespoon Epsom salt
½ cup warm distilled water
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
4 drops lavender essential oil
In a spray bottle, combine Epsom salt with warm distilled water.
Add aloe vera gel, apple cider vinegar, and lavender essential oil.
Shake well to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Apply generously to affected sunburned or insect-bitten areas several times a day.
In the saga of a summer holiday filled with sunburns and insect bites, your skin deserves some TLC. The DIY Summer Skin Spray, enriched with Epsom salt, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, and lavender essential oil, becomes your healing elixir. As you embrace the warmth of the sun and encounter the overly friendly insects, let this concoction be your secret to restoring and rejuvenating your skin. Your summer souvenirs may include sunburns and bug bites, but with the right remedy, your skin will be restored and relieved so you can continue to enjoy your summer in comfort. 🌞🌿