DIY sunburn-soothing face and body mask

Aug 29, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. ET

If you saw a little too much sun time and now resemble a juicy summer tomato, here’s a soothing, healing mask that feels heavenly and takes your pain away. This can be used on both face and body.

DIY Soothing sunburn face and body mask

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cucumber
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Food processor
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon

Directions:

Step 1

DIY Soothing sunburn face and body mask Step 1: one cut up cucumber

Slice the cucumber into several round slices and place them in a food processor. Do not peel; the skin contains vitamin A and will help the healing process. Pulverize until the cucumber is nearly liquefied. Place into the small bowl.

Step 2

DIY Soothing sunburn face and body mask Step 2: Add aloe vera

Mix approximately four tablespoons of aloe vera gel into the cucumber.

Step 3

DIY Soothing sunburn face and body mask Step 2: Add vitamin E oil to mix

Add one teaspoon of vitamin E oil and mix everything together well.

Step 4

DIY Soothing sunburn face and body mask Step 3: Apply to skin and let sit


Pat on the cucumber gel mask and let it sit for about 20 minutes. For body burns, you may want to sit in the bathtub or lie on a towel. For even more cooling power, trying lying under a ceiling fan on full blast.

Step 5

Rinse with cool water afterwards and pat dry. Do not rub with a towel as it will further irritate your already sensitive skin.

Extra tips

  1. Store the aloe vera gel and cucumber in the refrigerator for maximum cooling and blood vessel constricting power.
  2. Apply moisturizer afterwards to keep your skin hydrated and prevent peeling.
  3. For a thicker mask, use more aloe vera gel and less vitamin E oil.
  4. Skip the cucumber and mix aloe vera gel with vitamin E oil to create an anti-burn moisturizer you can wear all day.
  5. Try adding slices of cucumber to a lukewarm bath with a little colloidal oatmeal to help with the itching and stinging effects of a bad burn.

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