DIY,  Lifestyle

ALOE VERA FOR YOUR FACE

Now, most of you have heard me just talk about aloe vera and its benefits and you must think that I have never taken it into action/ consideration. Well, you might be wrong so hold that thought. For the past two years, that’s 2019 through 2020, my skin was pathetic! Heck, I think it’s safe for me to use the word ugly. My skin was not one you would want to look at for a second too long.

Let me try and explain this visually for you to understand. My skin had dark and light patches and with time it started drying out, even when I used moisturizer, any moisturizer. It was so bad that with time, it started turning black and cracking, so dry I couldn’t even smile. This was a devastating time. It was actually embarrassing to look at myself in the mirror. No amount of makeup would hide how bad it was. Ok, now there’s a good ending to the story.

aloe vera

So I didn’t think I would ever say this, but thanks to the pandemic, I discovered aloe. My parents have a garden where they, and I included plant all sorts of herbs and spices and other different plants and aloe was one of them. So I decided why not give it a try. I am going to give different recipes for different related skin problems so, I hope it helps.

For starters:

  • Just take an aloe vera leaf and cut a small piece.
  • Cut off the sharp edges and remove the topmost layer.
  • Then take the side that has the gel and rub it on your face, all around.
  • Keep cutting very thin slices from the gel until it’s all finished.
  • Do this every morning, make it your daily routine. Trust me, your skin will thank you.
aloe vera gel

Acne mask

  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg powder
  • Few drops of fresh lemon

Mix all the ingredients and apply this paste to your face for spot treatment. After that let it stay for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off with normal water. Repeat daily. I don’t normally give a timeline because everyone’s skin is different. I can only guarantee results. Nutmeg is an ayurvedic medicine as it has antiviral and antibacterial elements that remove infections, clogged pores and helps in oil control. Nutmeg is also powerful on cystic acne.  Lemon juice helps in lightening dark spots on your skin. 

Mask for dry skin

whipped aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • ½  teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil or Sweet almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

This face pack will rejuvenate your skin and bring back the moisture. Prepare a paste of aloe vera gel, olive oil, and honey. This is a great home remedy for your dry and dull skin. Apply the paste on your face and neck, leaving it for approximately 30 minutes. Wipe it off using a clean and damp cloth. Repeat 3-4 times a week.

Olive oil and Almond oil will keep your skin moisturized and it also offers anti-aging benefits to your skin as it contains numerous antioxidants, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and fatty acids to make skin smooth and soft. Honey will give a glow to your skin and prevents acne or a pimple caused due to excessive dryness of the skin.

Mask for sensitive skin

  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon of mashed ripe banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey

Mix all the ingredients and blend the mixture well with a spoon until it turns creamy. Apply the paste on your face and neck, leaving it for approximately 30 minutes. Wipe it off using a clean damp cloth. Repeat 3-4 times a week.

The pulp of ripe banana fruit providing hydration and nutrition to the skin owing to its water, carbohydrate, and fat content. It helps in maintaining skin firmness, has anti-aging benefits, prevents acne, removes acne and blemishes, gives a glow to the skin. All in one, you can say it’s proper food for the skin. Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which kill bacteria causing damages to the skin.

Mask for depagmantation and dark spots

  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon of yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Make all ingredients and make a spreadable paste. Apply this on your face, and massage it in circular motions for 5 minutes. After that let the pack stay for 20 minutes. Wipe it off using a clean damp cloth. Repeat 3-4 times a week.

Turmeric helps in skin rejuvenation and beneficial for depigmentation. Lemon juice works very well to help lighten hyperpigmented skin as well as other spots and blemishes on the skin. Yogurt provides a remarkably even exfoliation of the skin and releases and dissolves dead skin cells – clearing up blocked pores and blackheads.

How to make aloe vera gel you ask?

There are two ways to this. Pick your hard.

Method 1

Just scoop out the gel from the leaf, into a bowl and whip it until it’s smooth enough to use. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Method 2

  • Cut off some leaves from the aloe vera plant. Then put the leaves in an upright position for a few minutes to let the darker resin (the sticky thin transparent running gel) drain out.
  • After the resin has drained, then wash the leaves and peel off the thick skin with a knife, leaving you with the transparent gel or you can scoop the gel from leaves with a spoon.
  • Then place the gel in a blender and also add a few drops of vitamin E oil or some essential oil to boost the power of aloe vera gel. Essential oils like lavender essential oil, or mint essential oil are good for the skin.

I hope you enjoyed this. Videos definitely coming soon. Stay tuned for more aloe vera DIY recipes for both skin and hair. Feel free to ask any questions or comment down below.

For those who would like to purchase fresh aloe vera leaves, you can send me an email or contact me directly for orders. ( My e-commerce site is still under construction, so stay tuned for the launch too.)

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