21 July 2017

Frozen Aloe Vera Cubes - Instantly Soothe Sunburned Skin

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You may have noticed that I didn't post on Wednesday as I normally do.  I was at the beach.  My kids are getting older, and we only have a few summers left.  I only have two summers after this one before my oldest is 18, and hopefully he still wants to hang out with us for his remaining summers.  I've decided that this will be our summer of fun.  We've done a lot of day trips, including Kings Island, Kalahari, and other local things.  One of the major perks of working from home is that I can take a day off during the week so avoid the weekend crowds.  Normally, I schedule my posts, but I didn't this week.  I was probably in our pool, looking for dive sticks, instead of writing.  

This week, we drove an hour away to a public lake with a beautiful swimming beach.  They have inflatables for the kids to play on, camping areas, fishing, and trails.  We swam and played at the beach for most of the day and then cooked out and caught crayfish.  My mental health needed a beach day to recharge.

As you all know, I'm a huge advocate of wearing sunscreen.  The kids and I wore La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Sunscreen and reapplied at every hourly break.  It's waterproof, but it wasn't enough.  I got a little burnt on my shoulders and upper arms, like I always do at the beach, and the kids got red on their cheeks.  

Luckily, I had already made these frozen aloe vera cubes, so they were in the freezer waiting on me.  See, sometimes it really does pay to plan ahead!

Frozen aloe vera cubes for instant sunburn relief.

Frozen Aloe Vera Cubes

If you've had a sunburn, you know it feels good to get something cold on it.  You can use a cool compress, but you should never put an ice cube on your burn.  The ice can actually burn your skin on top of the sunburn, which is the last thing you need!  Ice can also restrict blood flow to the area, which can delay healing.

Aloe vera is full of vitamins and minerals to nourish your skin while it heals, and it can soothe irritated skin on contact.

Making the frozen aloe vera cubes is really easy.  You can use aloe from a plant or 100 percent aloe vera.  I do not have my own plant, so I used store bought aloe.  I just squeezed some into a soap mold, but you could also use an ice cube tray.  Freeze for at least half an hour.

When you get the cubes out, they melt quickly.  It will be messy, but the quick, natural relief is worth the mess.

You can make several of them and store them in a bag for when you need them.

Calendula is very good for burns and irritated skin.  You could also grind the leaves with a mortar and pestle to mix with the aloe before you freeze it.

If you like this frozen aloe vera cube recipe, then you'll love these posts:
Calendula Soap For Dry Skin

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.