Discover the beauty uses of aloe vera gel and learn how to use it at home for smooth and healthy skin.
There is a reason why aloe vera is one of the most widely used plants in the beauty industry. It is naturally healing and rejuvenating and helps to eliminate signs of premature aging as well as sunspots.
Aloe treats sunburn, irritation, and frostbite and refreshes the skin naturally.
Aloe gel contains multiple vitamins, such as vitamins A, C, and E, and has a high content of antioxidants. It is hydrating, astringent, and antibacterial as well. For all these reasons and more, it has become an essential ingredient in aesthetic treatments around the globe.
Aloe vera gel gets absorbed by the skin easily, making it ideal for all skin types. Its anti-inflammatory properties are perfect for those suffering from acne and those who have very sensitive skin.
The benefits don't stop there. Aloe can be used in a myriad of ways: from simple toner to calming lotion to a de-puffing ice cube or even as a massage gel for the face, great for use with a jade roller.
To take full advantage of its properties and avoid the chemicals that are added to many cosmetic products, it is best to make a homemade aloe vera gel or cream with 100% natural ingredients.
You will need:
a medium-sized aloe vera leaf (if large, or about 3 small ones)
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon wheat germ oil
Wheat germ oil can be replaced with corn oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil. These contain less Vitamin E but will work wonders regardless.
1. Before removing the leaves, make sure the plant is well cared for and in good condition. To do this, water aloe once a day and make sure it gets enough light. Alternatively, you can get a leaf at a local store.
2. Cut the aloe vera leaves.
3. Carefully remove the lateral spines from the leaves.
4. Soak them for 24 hours. Every 4 hours, approximately, change the water. It doesn't need to be exactly 4 hours, do it when you have a moment for it. Having them in water helps to eliminate the aloin with toxic properties of the plant.
5. After 24 hours, take the leaves out of the water.
6. Carefully cut the leaves open at the edges with the help of a knife.
7. Once opened, use a spoon to extract the gel or pulp from the plant. Set aside.
8. Add the lemon juice and wheat germ to the gel.
9. Mix well until you get a thick white cream.
10. Finally, put the mixture in a glass jar with an airtight seal and keep it in the refrigerator.