With another heat wave in full effect here in Toronto, I can't help but long for the weekend to literally chill out in cottage country. Whether I am in and out of the water, boating around on the lake or just enjoying conversation with family and friends, the sun's rays make me feel good, and the lake breeze is cool relief. But alas I must be mindful, as we all know that sun exposure can cause tightness, moisture loss and premature aging - and too much sun can result in the dreaded sun burn.
I know that my skin is my body's largest organ and absorbs what I put on it. Reports show that “dependence on cosmetics and toiletries means that a cocktail of 4lb 6oz of chemicals a year can be absorbed into the body through the skin.”1 – Yikes, no thanks! I prefer to bypass the chemicals and create my own decadent after-sun body whip – au natural, featuring the most luscious moisturizers that nature has to offer.
This After-Sun Body Whip is designed to melt into your skin as it is applied. It absorbs quickly and leaves your skin very soft. It will calm the mind and ease tension with the aromatherapy benefits of Lavender and Frankincense Essential Oils.
Coconut Oil – a powerhouse! Because it’s gentle on the skin and safe and easy for anyone to use. It hydrates, absorbs deeply, conditions, moisturizes, and softens the skin. It acts as an antioxidant to prevent cellular aging, and so much more.
Vitamin E is essential for healthy skin growth, repair of wear & tear on the skin, keeping skin smooth and protected against cracking. Above all, it prevents premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, since it has good antioxidant properties.
Cucumber Juice, in addition to its hydrating water content, which lends the skin moisture and reduces puffiness, this vegetable packs Vitamin C and Caffeic Acid, both of which soothe inflamed or irritated skin and even alleviate sunburns. Because cucumbers have the same pH as skin, they help maintain its protective acid mantle -- the thin acidic film on your skin that wards off impurities. Cucumber also offers antioxidants, which combat skin-damaging free radicals.
Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia carterii) soothes redness and works to lessen sun damaged and over-exposed skin. It promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. A potent anti-aging tonic that can help eliminate sun spots, remove micro-wrinkles and generally tones the skin.
Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is known for its many therapeutic benefits, but most beneficially in this case, for its burn therapy. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing – physically and emotionally. It restores the skins complexion and reduces inflammation. It slows the aging process with powerful antioxidants. Its sweet, floral aroma, combined with the crisp, rich & sensual fragrance of Frankincense, create an overall fresh, calming aroma and beautifully effective body whip.
Advisory: This recipe is not meant for severe sunburns that are characterized by significant skin blisters, infection, severe pain and high fever. In such cases, seek conventional medical attention.
1. Source: The Telegraph, June 2007