Whether you grow your own at home or purchase a leaf from the grocery, aloe vera is a huge benefit for the skin. It’s a natural product that has been used for centuries to help heal wounds and burns.
In fact, I grew up with an aloe vera plant in the house that was used just for that purpose. A leaf was immediately cut when someone was burned, and the slimy interior was rubbed on the skin.
Yes, as a kid, it did creep me out a bit, until I felt the soothing action take place that eliminated the pain from the burn. While the skin remained red for a while, I never remember anytime it blistered.
You can imagine if it’s that tremendous for healing burns, how great it must be as a beauty aid to soothe acne and other skin irritations. It also helps eliminate dark spots and with its healing qualities, lessen the visibility of scars.
You’ll find many of the products on the market for skin care contain aloe vera. One reason is it’s soothing anti-inflammatory action, as mentioned previously. However, there are other benefits it offers.
Benefits of Aloe Vera
① It has massive amounts of vitamin C, E, and beta-carotene—which the body changes to vitamin A. Not only are these vitamins essential in skin production; they act as antioxidants that help protect the skin cells. They help prevent the loss of skin elasticity, while also preventing fine lines and wrinkles.
② Aloe vera also has Auxin and Gibberellins. These are hormones that promote the healing of wounds while acting as an anti-inflammatory that reduces the redness.
The Gibberellin acts like a natural growth hormone that encourages the body to produce new cells. That makes the skin heal quicker without as much scarring, just as it does with burns.
③ It is also a fantastic moisturizer that won’t leave your skin feeling greasy. That’s one reason people with oily or acne prone skin often use it. It moisturizes without being greasy and can help prevent drying of the skin that often occurs with acne products. If the man of the house runs out of aftershave, it’s a great substitute, too. It helps speed the healing of small cuts from shaving.
④ Scarring can occur from acne, as well as many other ways. In fact, stretch marks are nothing more than scarring and skin damage. Aloe vera is an ace at helping to make these marks look less noticeable or even disappear. It helps heal the wounds caused from stretching or other skin assault and reduce the visibility of the scar.
Not only is the aloe vera easy on the budget, but it’s also easy to create your acne or skin treatment. It won’t take too many applications before you are singing the praises of this ancient plant that was called the plant of immortality by the ancient Egyptians.
How to Do:
① Cut the thick part first of the fresh aloe vera measuring about an inch, then pick up the piece and slice off the cover on the flat side of the leaf.
② Arrange the aloe vera patches in a tray with a pulp side up and cover it with a saran wrap. Place in the freezer for 5 hours or overnight. Once they turned frozen solid, you can put them in a Ziploc bag and store them back in the freezer for future use.
How to Apply:
Clean your face and gently run the frozen aloe vera all over your face using circular motion (You can rub it on your neck as well). After a gentle massage on your face for 5 minutes and rinse it off with cold or cool water. Your skin will feel smooth and cool, and all the irritation will be gone, if you have any acne, blemish or dark spot rub over it well.
After that, you can begin your skin care routine like toning, moisturizing and makeup application. The Same process during night time sans the makeup application.
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