Aloe vera Beauty tips: The aloe plant is a remarkably versatile natural resource that can be used for a wide variety of applications, from medicinal and pharmaceutical (e.g. sunburn relief, indigestion treatment and antiseptic) to nutritional and cosmetic (e.g. health food supplement and skin moisturizer).
Aloe vera can help keep you beautiful in several ingenious ways. When we think about the money we spend clogging up our bathrooms with a fragrant range of expensive bottled and jarred creams, toners, potions and lotions, it’s easy to see why having a few aloe plants in your house could end up saving you hundreds of dollars every year.
Aloe is not just a topical lotion: it can be used on the inside as well as the outside. Its juice, consumed as a drink, is an alkalizing elixir that helps promote liver function, acts a digestive tonic and boosts the radiance of the skin.
This article looks at a selection of aloe’s notable beauty benefits, including tips about how to incorporate the gel and juice from this miraculous plant into your everyday beauty routine using simple homemade recipes.
The magical gel secreted by the leaves of the aloe plant is “the cheapest and most powerful wrinkle fighter” provided by Mother Nature.
It contains Vitamins A, B, C and E, phytonutrients, amino acids and also malic acid, which helps improve the skin’s elasticity. Applied twice daily direct to the skin, and a few drops included in your breakfast smoothie (just half a teaspoon is enough), aloe gel will work wonders on your tired skin and have you looking rejuvenated within just a couple of weeks.
You can use gel harvested direct from the plant or alternatively from a natural health store, and simply use it on its own, or as a base in an anti-wrinkle serum with cucumber and/or coconut oil, depending on your skin type. See links 3, 4 and 5 for recipe ideas and to find out more about the benefits of aloe vera as an anti-ageing product.
In addition to all the healthy, beauty-boosting elements mentioned above, aloe has polysaccharides, which provide antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties: essential for combating oily and clogged pores.
It also contains salicylic acid (a type of phenolic acid), which protects against the ravages of acne, rashes and skin breakouts. You can apply the gel ‘fresh from the leaf’ onto your face, or combine with another natural product such as lemon juice or tea tree oil for an effective daily treatment. See here for recipe ideas and further information about the antioxidant and pimple-blasting properties of aloe.
Consistent use of aloe will boost skin cell regeneration and over time imperfections will fade. Aloe vera massaged on the stomach during pregnancy can help minimize stretchmarks, and its nutrients also soothe burns and heal scars.
Aloe provides the perfect base for everyday
beauty essentials such as exfoliator, shaving cream, gentle makeup remover, moisturizer
and eye cream. Combine half a cup of aloe with a little brown sugar or baking
soda – just enough to give it a grainy texture – to make an effective exfoliator that can be used all over
the body. You can also add lime or grapefruit juice for a zesty
Being antibacterial, moisturizing and also pretty slick and smooth to allow for a nice close shave, aloe is perfect as a shaving gel, or mixed with other natural ingredients such as shea butter and coconut oil for a sumptuous cream that will make razoring away your unwanted hairs seem less of a boring chore.
And just squeeze a generous glob of aloe gel onto a moistened cotton wool pad and rub gently over your eyes to cleanse away mascara – probably the simplest and most satisfying makeup remover there is!
There are dozens of fantastic aloe moisturizer recipes available online, some of them only requiring two ingredients (see link 8). The skin around our eyes is one of the most noticeable areas to show tiredness, dullness and early signs of ageing; aloe can brighten and tighten this zone, reducing dark circles and fine lines - see link 9.
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