Aloe vera is one of the best nature’s products for dry and sensitive skin care. It has vide use in cosmetic industry and it is especially effective in treating troubled skin. The gel that is found in aloe vera plant is light and it enables the skin to breathe. Aloe vera can be used on its own or in combination with other natural products and it will be efficient both ways.
HEALING PROPERTIES OF ALOE VERA
Aloe vera is a succulent plant with hard green leaves. The leaves contain translucent bitter gel that has amazing beauty benefits. This gel is mostly made of water and it also contains amino acids, protein, and vitamins A, B, C and E. the plant also contains polysaccharide called acemanan that contains immunostimulant properties. It can also help nutrients to get to cells, nourish the cells and at the same time helps them get rid of toxins. Among all the known species of these plant aloe barbadensis and aloe ferox are used for medical purposes.
HOW TO MAKE ALOE VERA GEL AT HOME
The gel is in the leaves of the plant and you can take it out and store it for use in few simple steps. First you need to wash your hands well and sterilize the containers and tools you are going to use. All you need is 2 leaves of aloe vera plant. Cut the leaves from the plant and set them aside so that it can drain the resin that contains latex. Then peel the leaf with any vegetable peeler. Remove the green as well as the inner white peel of the leaf and you will get to the gel. Collect the gel with clean spoon and store it in glass container. Keep it in fridge. You can also add vitamin C and E in the gel and mix it all in a blender and store in glass container.
Aloe vera gel is not stable and it will not last long. Therefore make small amounts and store in a fridge.
HOW TO USE ALOE VERA GEL FOR SKIN CARE
Aloe vera gel is perfect for skin care. If you use it every day, your skin will be perfectly nourished. It soothes and calms the skin. Once you apply it you will fell the cooling effect on the skin. This makes this gel amazing for dry and irritated skin.
For dry skin
Mix aloe vera with a pinch of turmeric, a tablespoon of honey and milk and few drops of rose water. This powerful mixture is rich in nutrients that perfectly hydrate the skin. Apply the mixture and leave on so that it can be absorbed. You will feel symptoms like itching and tightened skin disappear and the skin starts to regenerate and restore.
For sunburns and stretch marks
Aloe vera gel can be used for brightening the skin and can be effective in treating stretch marks and sunburns. To treat sunburns apply the gel directly on the affected skin. Applying large amounts of aloe vera gel on body parts that are affected with cellulite. You can wrap with nylon foil after. It is recommended to do the treatment before you go to bed so that the skin can absorb the nutrients from the gel and help regenerate the skin.
For acne and pimples
The skin on the face is more sensitive and requires special care. There are people that have troubled skin with acne, pimples, blackheads, scars and wrinkles. These are conditions that will need long term care and treatment. You can use aloe vera gel no matter what is your skin type. Wash and clean your face. Mix some aloe vera gel with few well chopped walnuts and a teaspoon of honey. Apply on your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water after.
Aloe vera scrub
Mix a cup of sugar with half cup of aloe vera gel and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Apply on the face and massage in gentle circular movements. Wash off and apply hydrating cream. Sugar will remove dead skin cells while aloe vera gel cleans, regenerates and removes scars. You can use this exfoliation for your whole body.
Aloe vera gel is probably the best natural treatment for skin that is prone to irritations, rashes, inflammations and eczema. Mix aloe vera gel with cucumber juice, yogurt and rose oil. Apply in thicker layer and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash off after. This mixture can also be used as body lotion.
Other beauty benefits of aloe vera
Aloe vera for hair care
Aloe vera gel also has amazing benefits in hair care. It works great in treating the skin on the scull, the hair roots and the hair. It can restore the natural pH on the skin, and hydrate your hair. If you apply aloe vera on your scull and hair before washing your hair you can get rid of dandruff and also prevent further flaking. Aloe vera gel is perfect for dry hair, as well as for restoring dry and split ends. It improves grow of new hairs and it can also be used for speeding up hair grow. Aloe vera gel is rich in enzymes that prevent falling out of hairs. You can use pure aloe vera gel or add it in your usual hair care products.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA
Aloe vera gel is not just a beauty product. It has amazing health benefits and various medicinal uses.
Aloe vera gel can help you regulate the level of sugar in the blood and it showed good results in patients that struggle with diabetes type 2. Aloe vera gel can improve the functioning of insulin and that way help the regulation of the level of sugar in the blood.
You can use aloe vera gel if you have any kind of digestion problems. If your metabolism is slow and you are struggling with bad digestion it is recommended to drink aloe vera juice every morning on empty stomach. You can make aloe vera juice by mixing aloe vera gel with some fresh fruit or vegetable juice.
Aloe vera gel is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and nutrients that can speed up the process of weight loss and help complete body detox.
Aloe vera gel can help your dental health and since it has antibacterial properties it can also help treating mouth ulcers and plaque.
WHEN NOT TO USE ALOE VERA GEL
External use of aloe vera gel doesn’t have any side effects but make sure you don’t use it on your skin if you use ointments that contain corticosteroids because it can intensify the way they work.
You have to be more careful if you use aloe vera gel orally.
It is not recommended for children younger than 12 years, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is not recommended to use it as laxative for longer time because it disturbs the balance of microelements and can cause blood pressure to drop. It is not good for people that deal with inflammatory diseases of the colon and bowels. Don’t use aloe vera gel if you have kidney disorders because it can cause electrolyte imbalance. Don’t use aloe vera gel with diabetes medication because it can intensify their hypoglycemic properties.