I have a confession to make. It’s totally awful, but I definitely don’t use as much sunscreen as I should. I know there are no good excuses for not wearing sunscreen, but I honestly just like being tan. Before you go and judge me — I do always have sunscreen on my face and start off my day by applying sunscreen in the morning. The problem is that I fail to reapply throughout the day. I know my skin hates me, but it wasn’t until a couple weekends ago that I realized how bad it is not to wear sunscreen.

The story starts off like most bad sunburn stories — I was only planning on laying out on the beach to dry off, plus it was a breezy summer day. Fast forward three hours and I was still laying on my stomach without any sunscreen on. My legs and back were beet red and I couldn’t wear pants (dresses and skirts only) or sit down for three days. Now I’m in the peeling stages and feel like a gross snake that sheds everywhere. I was in so much pain that I guess you could say I tortured myself into remembering sunscreen (and how necessary it is to reapply). I also got to thinking about after-sun lotion — a must-have product for burnt skin.

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After all, we all get sunburnt sometimes and it’s nice to treat your skin to extra moisturizing love. Today, we’ve whipped up a great sunburn relief cream with added lavender scent to help keep you calm and relaxed during this stressful time ;)

Ingredients:

— 2 Tablespoons aloe vera gel

— 1 teaspoon shea butter

— 2 teaspoons coconut oil

— 6 drops jojoba oil

— 3 drops lavender essential oil

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Instructions:

1. Scoop all ingredients into a mason jar and stir until combined.

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Add all these healing ingredients together to create a great DIY after-sunburn lotion. We noticed that the shea butter was a bit clumpy in the mixture but after time it smoothed out. Try keeping this lotion in the fridge for extra cooling effects.

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DIY Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden
Photography: Kurt Andre