While no one plans to get a sunburn, it’s always a good idea to be prepared! This soothing Aloe Cream is perfect for smoothing on sunburns or skin irritations and provides instant, cooling relief.
DIY Aloe Cream
One of my biggest frustrations when kids are in that in-between age of still being forgetful and being expected to be independent is all of the little things that fall through the cracks at school – like re-applying sunscreen and hydrating adequately.
While I apply my daughter’s sunscreen before we head off to school at 8:30am every morning, by the time last recess rolls around she needs to reapply and doesn’t always remember… or sometimes she remembers but she doesn’t really get her whole body in those two minutes of time that they have to get ready to head outside.
While we’ve been lucky that this has led mostly to just a golden tan, I’ve been worried that she’s going to come burnt one of these days so I whipped up some DIY Aloe Vera Cream to have at the ready if that day comes.
I’ve also brought this cream on our last Caribbean vacation and it really helped soothe a small shoulder sun burn I received, and Ella loved getting it massaged onto her back “just in case.”
I’ve made this cream a couple of different ways – using commercial Aloe Gel (as seen in the video) and using health food store aloe vera “gel” which is more liquid and more expensive. My daughter preferred the cream prepared with the commercial gel as she claimed it felt less “oily” but either product will work perfectly in this recipe.
You can also extract your own aloe vera gel from an aloe vera leaf – check out this Youtube tutorial from Daisy Creek Farms for more info.
Store this homemade sunburn cream in a mason jar and have it ready to apply to sunburns or any form of skin irritation that could benefit from the soothing properties of aloe. I love storing it in the fridge because it feels amazing smoothing the cold cream on a hot burn, plus it helps the cream last longer!
In addition to being great for sunburns, this aloe vera cream may be soothing for psoriasis, acne and minor skin reactions. You can even use this aloe vera cream as a daily face moisturizer (along with proper sunscreen). If it’s good enough for Cleopatra, right?
How long does this aloe vera cream last? According to my research, this cream is still effective for 2 years at room temperature and 5 years if stored in the fridge – as long as you keep the jar away from heat and sun.
What are the benefits of aloe vera? Aloe Vera’s soothing, moisturizing and cooling properties aids in helping heal second-degree burns and provides pain relief. It’s also antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and a natural humectant (which means it draws moisture from the air into your skin).
What are the benefits of coconut oil? Coconut oil softens and moisturizes the skin, providing a barrier for moisture loss as an emollient. It is also antibacterial and anti-fungal, so great for wounds.
Is the shea butter necessary? This serves to thicken the cream, has it’s own anti-inflammatory and healing properties, and also is a great moisturizer that can reduce blemishes and wrinkles. It can be skipped, but the cream will be a less creamy and more of a liquid consistency.
Watch our quick video to see how to make this DIY Aloe Vera cream, and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe:
Ingredients for Aloe Cream
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
*Note: you can use either a commercial aloe gel or the type from a health food store. We’ve tried both and my daughter prefers the commercial aloe gel because it’s less “oily,” but use what you prefer.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Glass, ceramic or metal bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Spoon or Electric mixer – this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
- Mason jar for storing aloe vera cream <– I highly recommend using glass jars to store your cream
You can also customize your cream jar with these cute labels from Etsy! They would be perfect if you’re making this cream as a gift, or have a few different DIY beauty products in your bathroom that you want to keep organized.
How to Make Aloe Vera Cream for Sun Burns and Skin Irritation
Combine all ingredients together in a non-plastic bowl.
I find that an electric mixer does the job best, but you can also use a blender or really give your arms a good work-out with a wooden spoon.
The key to this recipe is really to whip it up so that the coconut oil and shea butter take on a thick, creamy consistency. You don’t want lots of shea butter lumps.
When the cream is smooth, spoon it into a mason jar with a lid. This recipe does not need to be refrigerated, but it is ultra-soothing when it is.
Grab your free printable for our easy homemade aloe sunburn cream:
- 1 cup aloe gel*
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 3 Tablespoons shea butter
- 5-10 drops Essential oil of choice: IE, chamomile, rose, jojoba oil
- Glass, ceramic or metal bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Spoon or hand mixer
- Mason jar for storing aloe vera cream
- Combine all ingredients together in a non-plastic bowl.
- I find that an electric mixer does the job best, but you can also use a blender or really give your arms a good work-out with a wooden spoon.
- The key to this recipe is really to whip it up so that the coconut oil and shea butter take on a thick, creamy consistency. You don't want lots of shea butter lumps.
- When the cream is smooth, spoon it into a mason jar with a lid. This recipe does not need to be refrigerated, but it is ultra-soothing when it is.
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This soothing DIY Aloe Vera Cream is the perfect skin-soothing cream, whether you have some irritation or a sunburn.