How To Use Aloe Vera For Skincare
Are you a busy mom trying to get back to a simple yet effective beauty routine? How about using aloe vera, the wonder plant that offers amazing benefits?
By Monali Bordoloi
Shalini Gupta loved pampering herself with regular visits to spas and salons. But now, with two children and a busy job, Shalini hardly finds time for her beauty routines.
If you, like Shalini, are wondering where to start with your beauty routine, grow an aloe vera plant! Yes, this easy-to-grow plant, known for its numerous medicinal properties can be your best bet. We all know that the amazing aloe vera nourishes the body from within – aiding in digestion, providing beneficial nutrients, and boosting immune function.
But did you know it also enhances the health and beauty of your skin and hair, when applied topically? Here are some tips on how to use aloe vera for skincare, haircare and its benefits in treating various conditions.
We spoke to Rashmi Prithviraj, founder of Skinsense — Natural Luxury, to learn about the many uses of natural aloe vera gel for skin and hair care.
Here are her recommendations:
Freshly extracted aloe vera gel can be your all-purpose skin care cream. You can also use the gel to treat skin issues like minor cuts, burns, bruises and chapped or dry skin.
If you are spending a lot of your time outdoors, you can’t avoid sunburn. But, all you need is some fresh aloe vera gel to apply on the sunburnt skin to get some relief.
As a moisturiser
Aloe vera gel is an excellent moisturiser as it softens the skin without clogging the pores on the surface. If you have oily/combination skin, it is best to use the gel as is. If your skin is normal/dry, mix the fresh gel with a little almond oil or jojoba oil. You can also add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Use this paste generously on your skin and see the improvement within a few weeks.
For acne outbreaks
Aloe vera has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Here are two effective ways to treat acne using aloe vera:
- Use the freshly extracted gel directly on the acne and leave it on overnight. Wash your face with water the next morning.
- Mix the pure gel with a few drops of honey and a pinch of turmeric. Apply it on the acne area and leave it on overnight.
As an anti-ageing agent
Aloe vera is known for its anti-ageing properties too. It improves skin elasticity and thereby makes you look younger. Grind the aloe vera gel to a liquid. Apply this liquid to your face and gently massage. For best results, do this before bedtime and leave it on overnight.
For hair and scalp
Aloe vera promotes healthy hair growth and also prevents itchiness and dandruff. Mix the gel with mashed bananas and use as a hair pack for beautifully nourished hair.
Grow your Own Aloe Vera plant
Extracting Aloe Vera gel from the plant
The most attractive feature of fresh aloe vera gel is the ease of extracting it all by yourself. Rashmi Prithviraj shows us the right way to extract the gel from an aloe vera plant:
- Using a sharp, clean knife cut off a succulent leaf from the base of the plant.
- Wash the leaf well and leave it standing on a tissue paper for a few hours. A yellow sap will flow out. It is important to get this sap out, as it will irritate the skin.
- Then split the leaf into two and scoop out the gel from inside, using a spoon.
- Store the gel in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use within two weeks. The shelf life of the fresh aloe vera gel is just 2 days without refrigeration.
Aloe Vera gel dries quickly. So, it is always better to apply it while it is still fresh. You can wash your face after 15 to 20 minutes with regular tap water. For better results, leave it on overnight and wash your face in the morning.
How to use Aloe Vera for children
Are you wondering if this nature’s gift can be used on your child?
“You can use aloe vera gel for your child too. However, when it comes to babies, even natural products may react with their skin. So, always do a patch test before applying. To do that, apply a little aloe vera gel on a small area on your baby’s arm and wait for some time. If the patch on the arm is not itchy and there is no redness, it is safe to apply the gel on your baby. Aloe vera gel can be used to treat sunburn in children, to moisturize their skin, or to treat acne in teens – the same way you’d use it for yourself,” clarifies Rashmi Prithviraj.
So, what are you waiting for? Go on and plant aloe vera at home to look your best always. After all, it’s the easiest and safest way to get a flawless skin and healthy hair.
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Written by Monali Bordoloi on 15 May 2020.
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