The Benefits Of Aloe Vera For Your Face
Learn how to make an Aloe Vera face mask here. Aloe Vera has been used for centuries to treat ailments, especially of the skin. This plant, related to the lily, was so well-known for its healing properties the Egyptians dubbed the Aloe Vera plant as the “plant of immortality.”
Aloe Vera is a sub-tropical plant that grows in parts of Africa and India.
Two wonderful things about Aloe Vera plants are that they are hardy and you can purchase them at any nursery and grow them indoors or out.
As long as it receives plenty of sunshine and does not freeze, the Aloe Vera plant will be happy and healthy.
This is incredibly useful because you can have one of the most medicinal plants on the planet, on hand, anytime.
Aloe Vera leaves, when broken off from the rest of the plant, have a clear gel that oozes out of it.
This pure Aloe can be used topically to create a treatment for wounds or for relief of other skin conditions such as .
Since science has advanced tremendously since the times of ancient Egypt.
The use of the Aloe Vera plant has been studied in a much more targeted way and the results show this plants offers an amazing amount of healing properties.
Aloe comes in gel, juice and powder. It is added to many products you purchase such as; soaps, shampoos and lotions.
However, in a world now interested in getting back to nature, having Aloe Vera plants is probably your best option for a continuous supply of this “miracle gel.”
Aloe Vera gel and juice can be used to make facial masks for cleansing, moisturizing, and treating certain skin conditions of the face such as:
The gel of the Aloe Vera plant also contains Salicylic Acid, which is an ingredient in acne medications because of its pain relieving abilities.
The hormone Gibberellins, specifically, is a growth hormone.
When applied to the skin it begins to stimulate the growth of new skin cells, thus improving your skins condition and decrease the risk of acne scarring.
Since aloe is made of mostly water and evaporates quickly, it will not further clog pores causing more acne.
It is even safe to use multiple times a day and has been found to be an excellent treatment for even chronic acne.
Studies performed at the Mayo Clinic also point to Aloe being effective for ulcerative acne.
Aloe is probably best known for its soothing and healing properties when it comes to sunburn treatment.
Again, the two hormones, Gibberellins and Auxin work to reduce skin inflammation and regenerate healthy, new skin cells.
The many vitamins contained within the Aloe plant are also antioxidants.
These types of vitamins aid in pain relief.
Coupled with a soothing, cooling sensation provided by a protective layer over the skin which replenishes moisture.
Aloe Vera is the best treatment for a sunburn anywhere on your body, even your face.
As stated before, with the water content being so high it is safe to apply as many times a day as you wish.
Another reason Aloe Vera is so powerful and beneficial is because it is able to slow down the aging process, which in this day in age is deeply demanded.
With the skin healthy vitamins C, E and Beta-Carotene (found in Vitamin A).
Not only is skin provided with antioxidants to fight free radicals that can cause damage to the skin, but Aloe keeps it moisturized too.
Aloe Vera has the ability to keep the skin taut and reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines that occur with the skin’s natural loss of elasticity over time.
Aloe is great for use specifically around the eyes.
The same properties that fight aging also work here, reducing the look of fine lines or crow’s feet.
Not to mention the cooling and soothing properties along with the anti-inflammatory properties that help with sunburns, can reduce under eye bags and puffiness.
Cuts, Abrasions, Scrapes, Wounds and More
For cuts, dermatitis of the skin and scrapes, Aloe in its pure gel form is a natural and wonderful way to treat these afflictions.
Aloe contains a lot of anti-microbial properties.
This means it has the capacity to fight rashes, itching plus other allergic reactions and viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
Also this ensures that the wound is clean and disinfected, which reduces the risk of infection.
The Salicylic Acid that it contains is also a natural pain reliever.
Its anti-inflammatory properties also take care of swelling of the area and the hormones generate new skin cells for faster healing.
Using an Aloe face mask can and will give you the benefit of all of the above
In fact, to keep your skin healthy there is no reason you shouldn’t use an Aloe mask once or twice a week.
Many Aloe Vera face masks have main ingredients of pure Aloe gel and pure Aloe juice.
If you do not have an Aloe plant at home, you can purchase pure Aloe gel and juice at your local pharmacy or health food store.
If you do have an Aloe plant and need to create juice, the directions are as follows:
- Pick Aloe leaves from the outside edge of your plant. These leaves are the most mature. Cut the Aloe leaf from the plant diagonally.
- Place the leaves in a bowl with the tips of them pointed toward the ceiling. Brown juice will begin to drain out of the leaves. Allow this brown juice to drain for 5-7 minutes. Remove the leaves and toss the juice out.
- Using a small paring knife, remove the edges of the leaves that look like spikes.
- Cut the leave in half (fillet style) or so you can see the inside.
- Using a small spoon, begin to carefully scoop and scrape out the gel. The gel will be clear in color. Avoid the yellow parts of the inside of the Aloe leaf. This part is called the Latex.
- In another bowl create a solution of 1 cup water and 2 Tbs. vinegar
- Place the Aloe gel in a strainer and pour the mixture over it, making sure to get both sides by flipping it over. This will make sure that the gel is clean and that any residual Latex is rinsed away.
- Place the Aloe gel into a blender. Dilute with water until texture is liquid and not gel.Note: This should all be done quite quickly, as the longer the gel is exposed to air, the less potent it becomes.
Although you could drink this juice, it may not make your tastes buds so happy
So if that is your plan for the leftover juice from your mask, consider mixing in any citrus juice.
Refrigerated in an air tight container Aloe Vera juice will only keep for two maybe three days.
There are literally a zillion recipes for homemade Aloe Vera face masks. Most are quite simple but each are tweaked its own way.
Here are two easy recipes you can put together at home, along with application and removal instructions:
Face Mask Recipe 1
- Acquire Aloe Vera juice and gel, as well as Rose essential oil. Be sure that you are purchasing pure forms of each ingredient and not a synthetic version.
- In a small bowl mix 2 drops of Rose oil with 1 Tbs. of Aloe Vera gel and 3 Tbs. of Aloe Vera juice. Mix well.
- Apply mixture to your face using a cotton pad, cotton ball or clean fingertips.
- Let the mixture remain on your face for 5-7 minutes
- Rinse the mask off of your face with warm water. Gently pat your face dry and apply a moisturizer.
Rose oil and Aloe Vera in their pure forms offer healing properties while soothing your skin.
Face Mask Recipe 2
- Gather ingredients : Unrefined and organic Coconut oil, a silver dollar sized dollop of high quality, organic honey, 3 inches of Aloe leaves or substitute for another silver dollar sized dollop of pure Aloe gel.
- Rub Honey, alone, on your face.
- If using Aloe gel also rub it all over your face on top of the honey. If you are using Aloe Vera leaves remove the spikey edges and rub the gel from inside the leaves on your face, also on top of the honey.
- Allow this mask to sit on your face for 15-20 minutes.
- Rub the coconut oil on top of the honey and aloe mask.
- Remove mask by washing with warm water.
The benefits of using an Aloe Vera Face Mask
This mask uses the healing properties in Honey and Aloe. With Aloe’s acne and inflammation compounds to give skin a soft glow while improving firmness.
If you are hesitant about Aloe face masks because you are afraid of an allergic reaction.
Rest easier knowing that the chances of someone being allergic to Aloe are very slim.
Being that it is made almost entirely out of water (99 %.) If this still concerns you, dab some on a small area of your arm and wait 24 hours to make sure you do not have a reaction.
Aloe is such an amazing plant that provides so many benefits.
Using an Aloe Vera mask weekly will help heal and restore your skin. Good for even the most sensitive or oiliest skin types, with Aloe you simply cannot go wrong.
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