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. It also treats sunburn, irritation, and frostbite and refreshes the skin naturally.
Aloe gel contains a host of vitamins, such as vitamins A, C, and E, all with high antioxidant power. Its hydrating, astringent, and antibacterial properties also stand out. Aloe vera gel gets absorbed easily, making it ideal for all skin types. Its anti-inflammatory properties are perfect for those suffering from acne. For all these reasons and more, it has become an essential ingredient in aesthetic treatments around the globe. To top it all, it 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.
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:
3 medium-sized aloe vera leaves
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon wheat germ oil
1. The first thing you have to do is get an aloe vera plant. Before removing the leaves, make sure the plant is well cared for and in good condition. To do this, water it once a day. Alternatively, you can buy a leaf at a local store.
2. Cut about three 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, remove the leaves from the water.
6. Carefully open the leaves 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.
Wheat germ oil can be replaced with corn oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil. These contain less Vitamin E but will work wonders regardless.