Tuesday, July 2, 2013

fresh from your kitchen: aloe + tea tree after-sun cooler

This past weekend was HOT in Santa Barbara and many other areas of our country! We embraced summer full force, surfing and hanging at the beach most of the weekend. It gave Pete and I lots of opportunities to put the new Cali Sun SPF 30 stick to the test! I've been product testing this for many months, but not yet in this intense summer sun and a full afternoon at the beach. As an avid water sport lover and sun stick user, I have to say this new product works wonders! I re-applied a few times throughout the day, and through the sun and waves it kept my face from burning (and as of Tuesday, no breakouts either!)

After a hot day in the sun, it's great to cool down and rehydrate. Try this fresh, cooling spritz on your skin in the hot weather... enjoy!

8oz spray bottle
2 mint leaves
5 oz (weak) green tea
3 oz organic aloe juice
15 drops tea tree essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil

~brew a weak pot of green tea and let cool.
~add all ingredients to the bottle using a funnel.
~shake and chill in the fridge for a few hours before using. I also like to store this in the fridge to intensify the cooling effect when sprayed on the skin!
what it does...
green tea is rich in powerful polyphenol antioxidants. The caffeine in the green tea helps constrict pores and eliminate fluid waste and detox your skin.

aloe gently moisturizes, replenishes and calms the skin.

tea tree is naturally cooling. It has been referred to as the jack-of-all trades for problematic skin EOs... great for irritated skin including acne, insect bites, rashes, ring worm.

lavender has so many amazing properties: calming, antiseptic, antibacterial and has been know to help acne, scarring, winkles, burns, sunburns, eczema and psoriasis.
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