Is your skin in need of some soothing and repairing? Click here to learn how to make an all natural DIY healing after-sun spray. It’s excellent to use whenever you’ve gotten too much sun or to simply refresh skin after a sweaty excursion.          Image by Meaghan Eady for Clean Eating Magazine

Since the warmer weather has hit, I’ve been spending a lot more time outdoors – park hangouts, walks, BBQ’s and patios galore. Meaning, my (pale) skin has been getting a lot more exposure to the sun lately!

You too? If so, your skin may be in need of some soothing and repairing. We’re so fortunate to have Kathrin Brunner, a fellow nutritionist and a natural skin care expert as a guest on the blog today! Read on to learn about natural product ingredients and for her natural after-sun spray recipe.lineThis light and refreshing after-sun spray is a summer staple in my home! With ingredients to cool, soothe and repair the skin, it’s excellent to use whenever you’ve gotten too much sun or to simply refresh skin after a sweaty excursion. It’s like an instant rose shower!

Green tea contains a variety of antioxidants that help to reduce redness and inflammation. Rose water, also called rose hydrosol, is made from steam-distilling rose petals, extracting their therapeutic skin benefits. Rose is cooling and hydrating for the skin and can prevent premature aging.

Glycerine is a humectant, meaning it pulls moisture from the air drawing it to our skin, which helps to keep skin fresh and dewy. Witch hazel is a skin superstar and a must-have in natural first-aid kits! The inner bark of witch hazel trees contain astringent properties which help to tone the skin and reduce puffiness.

Witch hazel is also excellent for relieving burns and itch (great for insect bites and stings). Finally, witch hazel helps to promote healing and skin regeneration. In order to maximize the therapeutic benefit of this plant, buy witch hazel that has been extracted into pure alcohol (not the alcohol-free varieties).

The rose water gives the toner an incredible scent, but you can also add essential oils that help the skin to repair. Lovely options include lavender, rose, calendula, chamomile, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and sandalwood.

However, it’s important to avoid essential oils that are photo-toxic as these oils increase our sensitivity to UV, making us more susceptible to burning in the sun. Photo-toxic essential oils include bergamot, lemon, orange, most lime, and grapefruit. In this recipe, I’ve featured ylang-ylang and lavender as both are gentle on the skin and suit most skin types.

Healing after-sun spray recipe


• 1 cup steeped and cooled organic green tea, made with distilled water
• 1/2 cup rose water (rose hydrosol)
• 1/4 cup witch hazel
• 1/2 tsp glycerin
• 10 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
• 5 drops lavender essential oil

• Boil distilled water and add 2 bags (or equivalent loose-leaf) of organic green tea.
• Allow to steep for 10-15 minutes, then remove bags and allow to cool.
• Using a funnel, add green tea and remaining ingredients into a dark bottle with a spray pump.
• Seal tightly and shake well to incorporate. Store in the fridge where it will keep for 3-5 months.
• To use, shake and then spray liberally. Allow to absorb into skin. Enjoy!

Connect with Kathrin

Kathrin Brunner is a Toronto-based nutritionist and yoga teacher. She has a passion for holistic living and is a natural skincare expert who has created several lines of natural products and is a nutrition expert and recipe developer for Clean Eating Magazine. Kathrin teaches at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition and has a private practice that offers nutrition counseling, a variety of workshops, corporate talks and yoga classes. Visit her website at and connect on with her on Instagram and Facebook.

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