A 5-Minute Soothing DIY After-Sun Tonic


We’ve hit it: Summer. And with the rising temps and outdoor-centric vacations, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the sun and its potentially dangerous rays. Whether you’ve been bike-riding outside sans sunscreen (guilty) or just had a few too many minutes by the pool, your skin needs a little extra care after sun exposure.

While we can advocate getting about 20 minutes of unfiltered sunlight for that natural dose of vitamin D, we’ve got to be careful about what comes next.

Obviously, too much sun can lead to irritated, red skin, sun spots and serious skin damage (remember that photo of the truck driver from a few years back?), but did you also know that the sun’s impact doesn’t stop when you get yourself indoors?

Recent research by Yale University cancer researchers has shown that the damaging effects of ultra-violet rays can continue even after you’ve stopped sun bathing. So, whether or not you’ve gotten a sunburn or your skin is irritated by too many rays, your skin could be feeling the heat.

Can we combat this sun exposure? That’s what we love about clean beauty. Plant-based oils that contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatories may play a significant role in helping skin repair itself and undo sun damage. Skin-cooling and extra-moisturizing ingredients can also relieve pain from burns and help skin calm in the hours after sun exposure.

And the best news? You don’t have to seek out an expensive concoction to reap some of the benefits of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories—you can make your own, right in your own kitchen.

DIY After-Sun Soothing Tonic


  • 1/2 cup chilled, brewed green tea (for antioxidant power)
  • 1 tsp. argan oil (for moisture and promoting skin healing)
  • 1/3 cup liquid aloe (for anti-inflammatory action and skin cooling)
  • 1/8 cup juiced cucumber (for skin cooling, hydration and anti-inflammatory action)
  • 3 drops lavender (optional; promotes skin healing and provides a soothing scent)
  • 4 ounce dark bottle with a spray head (the darkness keeps the ingredients fresh and the spray gives easy application)


Pour green tea, aloe and cucumber into your spray bottle. Add your argan oil (and lavender) last and give it a good shake to combine the ingredients. Shake well before each use; use before (under sunscreen) or after sun exposure to infuse skin with antioxidants and skin-soothing ingredients. Store in refrigerator and use within a week to ensure freshness.

What are you doing to combat sun damage this season?

A version of this was originally published on Organic Bath Co.’s blog.

4 Responses to “A 5-Minute Soothing DIY After-Sun Tonic”
  1. Naomi says:

    This sounds great! I really struggle with the heat, my skin gets red and prickly and just feels awful so I typically have a spray with me during the summer. I’ve traditionally stuck to a single ingredient (cucumber, aloe, immortelle…) but this concoction might be worth trying.

  2. Renata says:

    What a great recipe, I should take note! Weather in Ireland is rainy at the moment, but I am still hoping for some sun later on! What, a gal can dream, right? Admittedly we had a week of sun already, so the Irish summer might be well and truly over, you never know. I’ve also been thinking to make my own spray for the skin, but I was thinking of using rose water (worked a charm in hot Greece last summer), coconut water (should be good for the skin, right?) and a drop of chamomile EO.

  3. Annie says:

    I do what I do everyday…minimize my time in the sun without sunscreen. I do spend a few minutes a few times a week to improve my vitamin D levels and my moods per doctor’s orders. Otherwise I use sunscreen all over everyday. I like Aubrey Organics Natural Sun Sunscreen, Unscented, SPF 45 and any of the ones from Babo Botanicals or Badger. Some leave a bit of a white cast but I am pale so it’s not noticeable. For my face I use Andalou Naturals DIY Booster SPF 30 Facial Serum as it leaves my skin matte and I can mix it with other products like foundation and tinted moisturizers.

  4. Avianti says:

    This looks interesting. Do you know anything about carrot seed oil? someone mentioned putting this on instead of sunscreen.

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