Have you ever suffered from a sunburn? Most people have, despite all the precautions taken and sunscreen used. The discomfort and burning feeling from the sunburn can be so miserable and energy zapping.
I recently went to the lake with my family and we had a few mishaps that led to sunburns. These sunburn soothers worked great!
First, my teen son forgot to apply the sunscreen to the top of his feet.
Second, my teen daughter applied the sunscreen when she still had her shorts on, then went into the sun with only her bathing suit on.
Third, I applied sunscreen to my youngest son all over except directly under his eyes because I was trying to avoid getting the sunscreen in his eyes. He had a hat and sunglasses on, but when he was in the water enjoying the lake, he took them off.
So, needless to say, there were sunburned feet, thighs and under eyes. Ughhh...it just makes me cringe and I feel like a terrible mom for them getting burnt. This was our first summer outing, so I better bring my A game next time, right??
Aloe vera gel has always been my go to for any sunburn. I love applying it after a day in the sun, it is super soothing and moisturizing to skin.
I don't buy mine from the store, many times those versions have additives. Plus, true aloe vera gel isn't green or thick. It is actually a clear and thin, watery liquid. Here is my favorite brand that works great:
How To Make Aloe Vera Gel Cubes
Since these take some time to freeze, you will want to make them before the need for them arises. I like to keep a batch in the freezer. Thankfully I did, because I ended up needing them last week for more than just sunburns. Here how to make them:
Step 1: Fill a small, silicone ice cube tray up with aloe vera gel.
Step 2: Place ice cube tray into freezer. Freeze for several hours until solid.
Step 3: Once solid, remove from tray and place into a freezer safe container or bag.
That is it, simple right? These cubes work great for many things. I recently had a minor burn to my hand after hot food spilled on it. It was so painful, but after using an aloe vera soother and lavender essential oil, the pain subsided and the burn mark disappeared.
Here is the silcone ice cube tray I use to make my aloe vera soothers in:
How To Use Aloe Vera Gel Cubes
Here are some genius ways to incorporate aloe vera gel cubes into your beauty and wellness routine.
>For Sunburn: Cool the burn and soothe the skin with one of the aloe vera gel cubes. Slowly rub the cube over the sunburned area, use a wash cloth to catch any excess liquid. Repeat as needed.
>For Bug Bite: Soothe the itching and pain of a bug bite by placing the aloe vera gel cube directly over the bug bite area. Leave in place for several minutes. Use a wash cloth to catch any excess liquid. If you do not need the whole cube, place it back into freeze with wash cloth and the reapply if pain or itching reoccurs.
>For Acne: Pimples can be painful and look unsightly. Help soothe the pain and inflammation with one of the aloe vera gel cubes. Apply directly to the inflamed area area for several minutes, repeat as necessary.
>For Dry, Itchy Skin: Moisturize dry skin with a soothing cube. Just rub cube over the area that needs moisturizing and allow to air dry, repeat as needed.
>For Razor Burn: The sting and hideous spots left behind from razor burn can be terrible. Grab an aloe soother and apply to the affected area after shaving, perfect for healing shaving nicks too! Allow the area to air dry.
>For Minor Skin Burn: Cubes are great for kitchen emergencies. Immediately apply cold running water over the area with the minor burn. Then place the aloe vera soother over the affected area. Follow up with lavender essential oil.