5 DIY Cooling Sprays for Face and Body
A cooling spray is a must when you feel hot and humid. Whether you need a quick spritz of coolness for your red face or for your tired feet, these DIY recipes are guaranteed to help you feel refreshed.
Spray bottles are also very portable, and I wish I had one with me when I was travelling abroad. I especially needed it when I went to Singapore. After getting off an 18-hour flight from Los Angeles, I was greeted with heat and humidity. The heat was so stifling, it left me feeling breathless. My face was also stinging from the sun's strong rays. I spent three glorious days in Singapore darting in and out of shops just to get some air conditioning to temporarily cool down my stinging skin.
1. Aloha Aloe Vera Spray
- 3 tbsp of aloe vera gel
- 3 tbsp of witch hazel
- 3 – 4 drops of peppermint essential oil (You can substitute with spearmint, eucalyptus, or lavender oil.)
- 1 small, dark spray bottle
- Small funnel (optional)
- Add all the ingredients into your bottle in the order shown above.
- Screw on the cap and give the bottle a good shake to combine the ingredients.
- Store it in a cool, dark cupboard in between uses. Keep it in the fridge for extra coolness.
- Always shake before using.
- It should last up to 3 months.
- Aloe vera and witch hazel can be drying, so if you have dry skin, use the spray sparingly. Aloe vera juice may be used in place of the gel. You should limit use to 3 – 4 times per day on your face.
- Make a larger quantity and pour a portion of it into a small portable bottle for everyday use. Mix the peppermint with ¼ cup of aloe juice and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- After each drop of peppermint, test the mixture on your skin. This essential oil is potent, so 1 or 2 drops may be sufficient for you.
- If you have very sensitive skin, omit the peppermint oil.
- If you're using this spray for your feet, you can add in a few more drops (5-6) of peppermint because the feet are far less sensitive than the face.
Where to Buy Quality Aloe Vera
You should use natural, high-quality aloe vera gel when you can. Many gels sold by commercial brands contain chemicals or ingredients that are seriously suspect, but the choice is up to you.
The ingredients that you should avoid when purchasing aloe vera gel are: parabens, carrageenan, retinyl palmitate, fragrance oils, and polysorbate 20.
I recommend the following suppliers and brands for high quality at a good value.
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- Aubrey Organics
- Aloe Farms
2. Lavender Rose Facial Spritz
- ¼ cup of rosewater
- 5 – 8 drops of lavender essential oil (You can substitute it with peppermint oil.)
- 1 small, dark spray bottle
- Funnel (optional)
- Add the first two ingredients using the order above.
- Close the bottle and give it a good shake.
- Store your spray in a cool, dark place in between uses.
- Gently shake it before each use.
- Use within a month.
- Never exceed the recommended amount of essential oil. The diffusion ratio is important.
- Homemade rosewater is easy to make if you have roses on hand.
- Test the strength of the spray on your skin after adding each drop of lavender oil. You may find that a few drops are sufficient.
3. Green Tea Beach Cooler Spray
- 1 – 2 bags of green tea
- 1 – 2 cups of ice cold water
- 1 small spray bottle
- Steep the tea bags in ice cold water for a couple of hours.
- Pour the tea into your mist bottle.
- Keep it in the fridge in between uses.
- Green tea has many health and skin benefits, including being rich in antioxidants and being a great remedy for sunburn.
- Those with oily or acne-prone skin will really benefit from applying green tea to their skin.
- Always remember to regularly apply sunscreen when at the beach. This spray is not a substitute for sun protection.
4. Cool as a Cucumber Facial Mist
- 1 tbsp of rosewater
- 1 cucumber
- 1 tsp of aloe vera gel
- 1 tsp of lemon juice
- 1 spray bottle
- A blender
- A small glass bowl
- A chopping board
- A sharp knife
- A whisk (optional)
- Chop your cucumber into small pieces and throw them into the blender.
- Blitz on high for about a minute.
- Place the cheesecloth over a bowl and use it to strain the juice from the cucumber.
- Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl.
- Whisk everything together or pour the mixture into the blender and blitz it for 10–15 seconds (or until everything is fully blended).
- Pour the final concoction into your spray bottle.
- Store your spray in the fridge in between uses.
- Use within a week.
- If you will be out in the sun or you have sensitive skin, omit the lemon juice as lemon can cause sun sensitivity and skin irritation.
- If you want to dilute this, use some distilled or bottled water.
- Cucumber and aloe vera gel are good for relieving sunburn.
- Don’t throw away the cucumber pulp. Use it as a face mask for instant cooling and rehydration.
5. Nature’s Best Cooling Spray
- 4 tsp of green tea
- 1 cup of lavender flowers
- 1 oz of peppermint leaves
- 2 tsp of fresh aloe vera gel
- 2 cups of distilled water
- Spray glass bottle
- 2 small glass bowls
- Add the green tea, peppermint leaves, and lavender flowers to the bowl, and then pour in the water.
- Allow everything to steep for 15–20 minutes.
- Strain the tea through the cheesecloth into a second bowl.
- Add the aloe vera gel and mix everything together.
- Pour the tea mixture into your glass spray bottle.
- Store in a cool, dark place and use it within a week.
- Fresh aloe vera gel may be substituted with quality store-bought gel.
- Only use the flowers of the lavender plant. Don't use the leaves or stem.
Easy Witch Hazel Body Spray
The Ingredients and Their Benefits
Who needs expensive commercial facial sprays filled with questionable ingredients when you can naturally cool down your skin using aloe vera, peppermint, lavender, cucumber, and green tea.
In addition to being natural coolants, these ingredients are packed with vitamins that offer many benefits to the skin.
- Rosewater: Reduces redness and swelling. It is soothing and has mild astringent properties.
- Witch Hazel: A cooling astringent. It is a healing and soothing plant.
- Aloe Vera Gel: Cooling, healing, improves blood circulation, and skin elasticity.
- Green Tea: Rich in antioxidants, cooling, reduces redness, healing, and anti-aging.
- Cucumber: Cooling, hydrating, reduces puffiness, and softens and refreshes the skin.
- Lemon: Exfoliating, refreshing, invigorating, and astringent.
- Peppermint Essential Oil: Cooling, energizing, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and refreshing.
- Lavender Essential Oil: Anti-inflammatory, cooling, antiseptic, and soothing. It is suitable for all skin types and is one of the most versatile essential oils.
When to Use Cooling Sprays
- Hot weather
- High humidity
- After exercising or playing sports
- At work
- When you're sweating
- When you're sticky
- Too much indoor heating
- Hormonal changes
- Itchy Skin
- Clammy Skin
Which is your favorite spray?
© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway