An easy-to-make after sun tonic to calm down irritated and sunburnt skin.
Even though we know that you are very aware of sun being extremely dangerous, which means that you shouldn’t stay out in it too long and never without sunscreen, we also know that at least once during this summer you will fall asleep in a hammock or will enjoy one too many drinks at a beach bar. For the times when your face is red and the skin is frizzled, here’s a recipe for a tonic that you can make at home or even in a hotel room.
All you’ll need:
- 10g fresh mint leaves
- 3 black tea bags
- 1 liter of boiling water
Pour the boiling water over the mint and tea bags. Cover and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
Strain and cool, then transfer to a glass jar or bottle and store in the fridge (it will stay fresh at least a couple of weeks).
When sunburnt, apply this tonic on the sore areas with cotton pads.
The preparation of this remedy will take you less than 10 minutes, but you’ll need to be patient and let it cool down before you can use it. In case your situation is urgent and can’t wait, here are some other effective coolers that you likely have an easy access to:
- Aloe vera (just slice one leaf horizontally and slide over the sunburn. The gel inside the plant has a lot of cooling and healing properties)
- Yogurt (preferably straight from the fridge, to cool down the skin and to re-establish the pH balance)
- Mashed strawberries (for the ultimate un-sunburn effect mash a couple of strawberries with yoghurt and apply as a face mask for five minutes)
- Cucumber juice or apple cider vinegar (mix one table spoon of either with 250ml water in a spritzer bottle and put it in your beach bag so you’ll always have an SOS sunburn treatment with you).
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