summer, sunburn, skin, after sun soother, healing

1. Collect your ingredients and supplies.

  • 4oz (½ cup) filtered water
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 2oz (¼ cup) aloe vera gel
  • 2 Tbsp alcohol-free witch hazel
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
  • Glass measuring cup or jar
  • Whisk
  • Spray bottle

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summer, sunburn, skin, after sun soother, healing

2. Brew some strong tea.

Strong black tea is your secret weapon against the sun’s sting. Boil the filtered water and pour over tea bags. Allow to steep for 20 minutes in a glass measuring cup or jar. Remove tea bags and let the tea cool to room temperature before moving on to the next step.

summer, sunburn, skin, after sun soother, healing

3. Mix it all up.

Add the aloe vera gel, witch hazel, and Vitamin E oil to your super strong black tea. Whisk to mix thoroughly, ensuring that the aloe vera gel is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

summer, sunburn, skin, after sun soother, healing

4. Bottle it.

Pour into spray bottles. Your sun soother is now ready to use! It will keep for up to a week. This recipe yields about 6 ounces (¾ cup).

For bonus cool points, stow your after-sun soother in the fridge between uses. Keeping it cool will immediately take the sting out of the wickedest sunburn.

Photos © Cat DiStasio for Inhabitots