Aloe vera is one of the most commonly used ingredients in beauty products. And for a good reason. Aloe provides antibacterial and antiviral properties, allowing you to treat skin problems, hair problems, but also health problems like constipation.
This green cactus looking plant is just one of the best things you can grow at your home. Easy to grow, the aloe vera plant gives you a direct access to aloe vera gel, which is often called “miracle ingredient”.
So, what makes this ingredient so special? And what are the benefits? Here are just six everyday situations in which aloe vera is the best thing you can use.
Aloe vera for your skin
Most common uses of aloe vera are for your skin. Rich in minerals and vitamins, aloe vera provides nourishment for your skin like no other ingredient. It can also exfoliate your skin, treat any skin problems, and help your skin heal on its own. The main active ingredients are vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene. All of these help your skin get the proper nourishment. And they are also anti-aging, giving you a youthful and radiant look of your skin. The best part is you can use aloe vera both in the winter and in the summer. There are no limits to a usage of aloe vera, starting from acne, to dry and sensitive skin. Here are some common examples.
Aloe vera for dry skin
If you want to get rid of your dry skin, aloe vera gel is perfectly suitable. This remedy will give your skin moisture, but also nourishment from within. Mix a pinch of turmeric, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of milk, few drops of rose water, and some aloe vera gel. Blend the mix until you get a paste, and then apply on your face, or any other place you have dry skin. Let the mask stay for 20 minutes, and then rinse. Enjoy your hydrated skin afterward.
Aloe vera for acne
Acne is a problem we all face at least once in our lifetime. And there is no escaping that. No matter if you have mild, moderate, or severe acne problem, aloe vera can help.
For this remedy, you need to blend walnuts, honey, and aloe vera. The mask gives you antioxidants, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Apply on your affected area, and leave it for a couple of minutes. Rinse afterward, and apply moisturizer.
Aloe vera scrub
We mentioned that aloe vera can be used for skin exfoliation. This is one of the best, and simplest masks you can get. And it is quite effective at the same time. You need just a half a cup of fresh aloe vera gel, and a cup of sugar. Add two tablespoons of lemon juice (avoid it for sensitive skin), and mix them thoroughly. Sugar helps with exfoliation, while the aloe vera will clean your skin, and soothe the irritation. Lemons help with adding scars.
Aloe vera for sensitive skin
If you have sensitive skin, you can still use aloe vera on your face. Even more, it is recommended that you do it. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera can calm your face, and get rid of irritation and redness. For this mask, combine yogurt, rose oil, aloe vera gel, and cucumber juice. Leave the mask for 20 minutes on your face, and then rinse it.
Aloe vera for hair problems
In the same way, aloe vera helps with dead skin cells on your skin, it helps with dead skin cells on the scalp as well. You can use aloe vera as a conditioner, or as a way to promote healthy hair growth. Aloe vera will prevent itching, reduce dandruff, and condition your hair, all at the same time.
Add aloe vera in your regular sulfate-free shampoo, and you are ready to go. If you want to hydrate your hair, apply aloe vera on your hair before going to bed. Cover with a shower cap, and leave it overnight. In the morning, rinse thoroughly.
Aloe vera for weight loss
Aloe vera is widely used in the beauty industry, but it can also help with common health problems. One of those is obesity. Diet supplements often feature aloe vera in their ingredients list. Why is aloe vera good for weight loss? Simple, it boosts your immunity, and it is a good source of protein. We all know protein = weight loss and muscle buildup.
Best way to consume aloe vera for weight loss is in an aloe vera juice. Because the taste is a bit bitter, you need to mix it. Take gel of aloe vera, dice it into small pieces, and then blend it. Mix with any fruit or vegetable juice that you like. You can even blend the leaves of aloe vera. For that, just blend the leaves, strain, and drink. But an aloe vera drink with the leaves can be a bit bitter, so try to mix it up with honey.