One of the nicest natural elements to have a variety of uses is aloe vera gel, including many benefits for the face. This gooey substance extracted fresh out of the plump leaves of the aloe vera plant is a boon for almost every aspect of the human body, whether it is hair, skin, or face. This miracle plant has healing and cooling properties, along with boosting digestion and immunity. Apart from being used as a medicinal herb, it can be used for beauty purposes as well.
To extract the aloe vera gel to use on the face directly from the plant, check for the plumper leaves, and ensure you cut them close to the stem. This will promote the leaf to regrow. Trim the edges of the leaf to eliminate the thorns on its edges with a sharp knife. Next, you need to cut the leaf open with the knife in a horizontal position to prevent the gel from sliding down. With a spoon scoop out as much gel as you can and use fresh. If you have any leftover, store it in the refrigerator. If you can’t, however, lay hands on the plant, you can get use store-bought aloe vera gel as well on your face. Remember to do a patch test on your arm first.
Apart from cooling properties, aloe vera gel also has moisturising properties when used on the face. The gel may seem sticky to touch, but it is not greasy at all and doesn’t form a layer on the skin. It keeps the skin supple and helps unclog the facial pores. An added advantage is that the gel absorbs quite easily in the skin, and will suit all skin types.
Tip: Use aloe vera gel as a moisturiser immediately after having a bath, to retain the moisture in your skin.
Applying aloe vera gel will prove to be cooling on the face, and will soothe any sunburn instantly. Just apply a layer of gel on the affected areas, or even the entire face and let it do its work. This gel is anti-inflammatory and is among the natural remedies one can use to cure sunburns, and on an off chance, even an insect bite. The gel will help retain moisture in the skin.
Tip: Apply aloe vera gel on your face while out in the sun, and go for a reapplication once you are out of it.
Helps Heal Cuts And Wounds
Don’t take our word for it, try it! Aloe vera gel is highly effective in healing minor cuts and burns. It can also be used to cool painful summer boils on the face. The ingredients in the gel not only heal naturally, they also boost the process. Since the gel goes deep into the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) even faster than water, it helps cure wounds quickly, while reducing the scars.
Tip: Use aloe vera to soothe facial skin after threading, waxing, plucking, or shaving.
Helps With Acne
Aloe vera gel is gentle on acne and does not irritate the skin otherwise. The best part? It has no side effects. The gel has antimicrobial properties that treat the pimples and help in gently cleansing the skin around the area, while also hydrating the skin! The polysaccharides and gibberellins in aloe vera gel help in the generation of new skin cells, and soothing the skin reducing inflammation and redness. It doubles up as astringent, minimising pores and removing sebum excess, grime, and microbes.
Tip: Make application aloe vera gel a part of your daily routine if you suffer from acne.
Keeps Skin Looking Young
The composition of the gel as vitamins C and E along with beta-carotene, all of which fight skin ageing. The gel tightens the skin, diminishing fine lines. It promotes the creation of collagen, making the skin elastic.
Tip: Try aloe vera gel as your daily nighttime moisturiser.
Reduces Intensity Of Blemishes
Since aloe vera gel improves cell regeneration and reproduction, it helps reduce blemishes in a natural manner. It also works on acne marks and freckles. The gel works well as a home remedy if engaged in regularly.
Tip: Add two drops of lemon juice to your aloe gel to treat freckles.
DIY Pack For Dry Skin
The lockdown has made us revisit our home shelves for remedies that are easy to make and implement. This face pack will ensure your skin is plumper and more supple, leaving dryness at bay. The ingredients used are easily available, all-natural, with no side effects.
How to make: Roughly chop a cucumber and blend it into a paste. In a bowl, take the cucumber paste, and one tablespoon each of aloe vera gel and honey. Mix the three well.
How to use: Apply this pack on your face and neck and enjoy the coolness in the summer. Let it rest for at least 20 minutes. Rinse it off with tap water or lukewarm water, whichever you prefer.
Tip: Blend the cucumber with its peel.
DIY Pack For Oily Skin
As we mentioned before, aloe vera gel is suitable for all skin types and will help those with oily skin in keeping acne at bay.
How to make: Simply take two tablespoons of aloe vera gel in a bowl, and add a few drops of tea tree essential oil.
How to use: Apply this on your face and neck evenly. Leave it on for an hour and rinse off.
Tip: If you think another essential oil suits you more, use a few drops of that oil instead.
DIY Pack For Normal Skin
This face pack works not only for normal but also sensitive skin. It helps in keeping the face moisturised while improving the brightness of the skin.
How to make: Peel one ripe banana and cut it into pieces in a bowl. Mash the banana in a paste, and add two tablespoons of aloe gel with a few drops of rose water. Mix the paste well.
How to use: Rinse your face with water and dab out excess water, but nor drying the face completely. Apply the face pack when the skin is damp. Let the pack dry on your face, at least for 45 minutes. Rinse with tap water.
Tip: If your skin is tanned, you can add a few drops of lemon juice to the face mask.