Aloe Vera For Skin and Hair
One of the most versatile and well known plants used in skin care, has to be Aloe Vera. The Egyptians called it the ‘Plant of Immortality’, and readily embraced its healing and medicinal properties. The sturdy green leaves hold a clear, gel-like substance, that can heal wounds and ease skin irritation. Medical studies have shown its effectiveness in also treating cysts, herpes, ulcers and skin infections such as eczema. Aloe Vera is rich in Vitamin C, E and beta carotene which gives it its nourishing and anti-ageing qualities. Today it’s presence in thousands of beauty products, speaks volumes. From shampoo, hair conditioners, moisturiser, lip balms and hand lotion. It boosts collagen and hyaluronic acid production, both essential for keeping skin elasticity. Lets take a look at how you can incorporate it into your skin and hair care.
Aloe Vera Face Moisturiser
It’s deep moisturising and soothing effects, make it perfect for keeping skin hydrated. The nutrients, antioxidants and minerals are absorbed easily, without making your skin greasy.
Here’s a super Hydrating Aloe Vera face mask to try.
- 100g of aloe vera gel
- 50g of cucumber
- One tablespoon of Natural Yoghurt
To extract the gel, slice the aloe stem down the middle and scoop out the clear gel with a teaspoon. Put the gel and the other ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.
Apply evenly to the skin and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse and follow your usual beauty regime.
Aloe Vera for Acne & Eczema
The anti-inflammatory and healing properties, are thanks to an active ingredient called Giberellin found in aloe. Giberellin stimulates cell growth, allowing it to heal skin naturally. Take some of the pulped aloe gel and apply to the affected area. Repeating this every evening should have the spots reducing in both size, and redness. Aloe can help help with other skin problems, such as psoriasis and eczema. Try the same method as before.
Aloe Vera Face Scrub
When the build up of dead skin cells and the pores become blocked, it can make skin look dull and waxy. The best way to freshen skin and get it shining is with a scrub. With this scrub, the sugar will exfoliate the dead skin cells and the aloe will nourish, moisturise and heal any blemishes. Mix half a cup of fresh aloe vera gel, a cup of sugar and two tablespoons of warm water to loosen the mixture. Scrub the skin, rinse and moisturise.
Aloe Vera Hair Conditioner
In place of your usual conditioner, try some aloe gel instead. Put the aloe gel in a Tupperware container and take into the shower. Work the gel into your hair, moving it from the roots to the tips. Leave the gel in for a few minutes and then rinse out in the usual way. You’ll find your hair soft and nourished.
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