The incredible Aloe Vera needs no introduction. Its benefits are well-known, which is why it has earned a permanent place in many households.
1. Aloe Vera as a Wound Healer:
Your mom was up to something when she snipped off the tip of an aloe vera leaf and squeezed it onto your sunburn. The plant has been shown in studies to help heal minor wounds eight days faster than standard dressing, not to mention it’s antibacterial and contains vitamins and minerals. But creative and enterprising beauty experts are using it for a lot more than the occasional cut or rash; they’re using it to get gorgeous, too.
2. Aloe Vera for Beauty:
Aloe Vera is rich in Vitamin C, E and beta carotene which gives it nourishing and anti-ageing qualities. It can moisturize the skin without making it greasy which is beneficial especially for oily skin. Drinking aloe vera juice early in the morning on an empty stomach improves digestion and cures any kind of stomach trouble. And you know if you’ve got a healthy inside, it’ll give you a glowing outside.
Aloe vera or aloe vera-based products can be used in the winter as well as in the summer and by people of all skin types. Aloe vera is recommended by dermatologists to remove tan, treat sunburn and stretch marks. One way to use aloe vera is to apply the gel directly, another would be to make a pack using aloe vera along with some other special ingredients from your kitchen.
Aloe Vera for Dry Skin:Take some aloe vera, a pinch of turmeric, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of milk and a few drops of rose water. Blend this mix till you get a paste. Apply it and leave in for about 20 minutes or so.
Aloe Vera for Oily Skin:The natural astringent properties of aloe vera gel absorb excess oil, sebum, and dirt from the skin pores. Hydrating properties of aloe vera gel moisturizes the skin and rejuvenates it without making it oily. The cooling and anti-inflammatory properties soothe the skin and cure pimples associated with oily skin.
Aloe vera for Sensitive Skin:Grab some aloe vera gel, cucumber juice, yogurt and rose oil and blend them to make a paste. Apply and leave for around 20 minutes, then rinse it off.
Aloe Vera Scrub:Grab half a cup of aloe vera gel, a cup of sugar and two tablespoons of lemon juice. The sugar will help exfoliate and scrub off dead skin, the aloe vera will deep clean the skin. The lemon will help fade out scars and tan. Stir the three ingredients together and use it to scrub both face and body.
Aloe Vera for Acne:Take some aloe vera gel, blended walnuts with a flour like consistency and honey. Aloe vera’s healing properties coupled with the antioxidants from honey will leave you with smooth and clear skin.
As a face wash:Is there anything it can’t do? Mix 1 Tbsp aloe vera gel with 1 tsp almond milk and 1 tsp lemon, apply and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. Some of the minerals found in aloe vera are antibacterial. This face wash is ideal for sensitive skin and breakouts. Need an anti-aging boost? Mix 1 Tbsp aloe vera with 1 tsp 100% raw organic coconut oil, massage into hands until the contents are warm, then wash and rinse.
As an exfoliator:It’s not the most pleasant part of grooming, but exfoliation is important if you want to reveal glowing, fresh skin. Aloe vera is a great base for a homemade scrub because it helps soften your skin and supply oxygen to your cells, strengthening the tissue for vibrant skin. Mix 1/2 cup of aloe vera with just enough brown sugar or baking soda to get a gritty (but not sharp) texture. Then rub it on your elbows, heels, arms, or wherever else needs softening in the shower.
As an eyebrow gel:We love a strong brow (step away from those tweezers!) but tidiness is key. Dip a clean mascara wand in some aloe vera gel and sweep over stray brows for serious stay-put power without getting hard or sticky. And if you did go overboard with the tweezing – Mix one part aloe gel with one part castor oil. It seems to help over-plucked eyebrows grow in faster.
As a makeup remover:You have to get the raccoon off your eyes somehow, but many makeup removers contain harsh chemicals that are very drying to your skin. It is recommended you squeeze a dollop of pure aloe vera gel onto a cotton ball and swipe away the day for a simple and effective alternative.
3. Aloe Vera for hair care:
Aloe vera contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repair dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair. Keratin, the primary protein of hair, consists of amino acids, oxygen, carbon, and small amounts of hydrogen, nitrogen, and sulfur. Aloe vera has a chemical makeup similar to that of keratin and it rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients.
Check how this blogger has used Patanjali Aloe Vera gel for the betterment of her skin in 5 different ways –