We are all aware of the dangers of spending too much time in the sun, especially if exposed skin is unprotected by a suitable blocking cream. Skin damage can occur very quickly and may result in premature aging of the skin, wrinkles and the possibility of skin cancer.
To avoid these problems, it is essential to wear a sunscreen, or keep covered up, when exposed to the sun.
Even when taking precautions, a day outdoors in summer can still leave your skin feeling hot and sticky. To remedy this apply a natural, after-sun soother; it will reverse sun damage, and leave skin with a cool and refreshingly clean feeling.
You will need: 4 tablespoons each of cucumber juice, watermelon juice, aloe vera juice, rose water and witch-hazel solution, chamomile tea and vodka sufficient.
To prepare the cucumber and water melon juice, cut the fruit into large chunks after their skin has been thoroughly washed.
Process in a juice extractor; boil the juice for 5 minutes, skimming off any scum, remove from heat, cool and allow to drip through filter paper, then add required amount to recipe.
Mix the juices, rose water, with-hazel solution, and cold chamomile tea and add 2 parts liquid preparation to 1 part vodka. Stand 12 hours and then drip through filter paper, continuing to do so until clear. Store in a tightly sealed bottle.
Apply generously to skin, rubbing well in.
Sunburn cream: This cream will ease sunburn, help to repair damaged skin, and replace natural oils lost through excessive exposure to the sun.
Melt 25g beeswax and 50g glycerin together in a double pan over a gentle heat.
When completely liquid stir in 75ml rose water, 15ml jojoba oil. Remove from heat, pour into a ceramic bowl, add 12 drops essential oil of marigold (Calendula oil) and beat until mixture cools.
Store in a sterilized, screw-top glass jar.
Use liberally and rub gently over affected areas of skin.
Remember, sports, gardening and other leisure activities obviously mean greater exposure to the sun’s harmful rays.
You can only tolerate 12-20 minutes exposure to sunlight before sun-damaged skin may occur, so adopt a sensible attitude when outdoors.