Benefits of Aloe Vera for Skin

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Aloe Vera Benefits and Tips To Make Aloe Vera Soap At Home

Aloe vera for skin

Aloe vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates such as those found in parts of Africa and India and has been used medicinally for centuries. Below given benefits of Aloe Vera for skin.

 

Moisturizes Skin

Moisturize skin

Aloe vera gel has been touted by many as their go-to moisturizer. It has shown miraculous effects on oily and acne-prone skin. It`s perfect for anyone with an oily skin complexion. For women who use mineral-based make-up, aloe Vera acts as a moisturizer and is great for the face prior to the application to prevents skin drying. For men: Aloe Vera gel can be used as an aftershave treatment as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving.

 

How To Use

Aloe vera gel can be directly extracted from the plant and applied to your skin. Alternatively, there are plenty of ready-to-use aloe gels available in the market. But if you are opting for them, make sure that the aloe vera gel in it constitutes 90 to 100 percent of the product.

 

What You Need

An Aloe vera leaf

 

What You Have To Do

  • Peel off the outer layer of the aloe leaf to get to the gel.
  • Scoop out the gel and store it in a container.
  • Gently massage the gel on your face. Store the rest in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life.

 

Why Does It Work

Aloe vera increases the water content in your skin, and leaves it hydrated without making it greasy

 

 

Prevents Premature Signs Of Aging

Sign of aging

Wrinkles and fine lines are bound to appear as you age. But, other factors may expedite what is a natural process. Aloe vera helps in preventing these early signs of aging.

 

How To Use

A moisturizing pack made with aloe vera, olive oil, and oatmeal can make your skin smoother and softer.

 

What You Need

  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon instant oatmeal

 

What You Have To Do

  • Add all the ingredients in a bowl, and mix till they form a paste.
  • Apply the paste on your face and keep it on for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water.

 

Why Does It Work

As your skin ages, it tends to get drier and loses its elasticity. This makes it more susceptible to wrinkles and fine lines. Aloe moisturizes the skin, and it also helps remove dead cells. In fact, research has proven that aloe vera improves the elasticity of skin and makes it smoother and more supple

It fights aging

As we age, everyone begins to worry about the appearance of fine lines and the loss of elasticity in their skin. Aloe leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.

 

Helps With Sunburns

Sunburns

Aloe vera is widely used as an after-sun treatment because it is soothing and reduces inflammation.

Aloe Vera helps with sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin, a layer of cells that cover the body. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker.

 

How To Use

Aloe vera gel can be applied directly to the sunburned area.

 

 

Reduces Acne And Helps Lighten Blemishes

Reduce acne

The aloe gel can work wonders on your skin by reducing acne and clearing the blemishes and scars that get left behind.

 

How To Use

Aloe vera mixed with a few drops of lemon juice, can help in the reduction of acne and acne scars. Adding lemon juice is important because lemon possesses skin lightening properties that can help with blemishes.

 

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 2 to 3 drops lemon juice

 

What You Have To Do

  • Add the lemon juice to the aloe vera gel and combine them together.
  • Massage the gel on your face. This is best used as an overnight treatment.

Alternative: You can even use a branded aloe vera soap as well.

 

Why Does It Work

Aloe vera is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent because of the presence of gibberellins and auxins. This helps reduce your acne. It also contains polysaccharides that stimulate the growth of new cells. This speeds up the healing process for acne and prevents scarring.

 

Caution

The use of lemon can increase your sensitivity to the sun. Using a sunblock before stepping out in intense sunlight is advisable.

 

 

Heals External Wounds And Insect Bites

External Wounds And Insect Bites

Why Does It Work

Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory, which makes it effective against wounds and insect bites.

 

How To Use

Aloe vera gel can be used as a topical treatment for small cuts, bruises, and insect bites. It can also be used as an aftershave lotion to soothe irritated skin.

 

Reduces Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks

Why Does It Work

With the passing of age, our skin expands and contracts just like elastic. When the skin stretches very far, like during the pregnancy or due to rapid weight gain, the elasticity of the skin gets damaged, which results in ugly stretch marks. These marks are nothing but small tears on the skin layers, which can be healed with the regular use of aloe vera soap.

 

 

2 Methods To Make Aloe Vera Soap

 

1. Making Natural Soap Using Aloe Vera:

Making Natural Soap Using Aloe Vera

You can add Aloe Vera as pulp to make your own natural soap with all the beauty benefits of Aloe Vera.

But, how do you do this? Just follow these steps:

  1. Remove Aloe Vera pulp from the leaves of the plant.
  2. Blend the pulp until it is liquefied and becomes a juice.
  3. Now, add Aloe juice to the water before adding the lye to it and start stirring (step 1 of a.)
  4. The other way to add Aloe juice is to wait till you have a thin trace and then add it to the soap base (after step 7 of a.)

We suggest that you add the Aloe juice to the trace rather than adding it directly to the lye as the acid will kind of “kill” the good stuff in Aloe juice.

  1. Carry on all steps for making natural soap as detailed above.

 

2. Quick Aloe Vera Soap Recipe:

If you have less time and don’t want to stress yourself too much, just buy Aloe Vera gel from the market, melt natural soap in a microwave oven and add the two together. Then pour the liquid into molds and you have your own soaps in about 2 days.

 

Benefits Of Aloe Vera Soap:

Benefits Of Aloe Vera Soap

The soap has most, if not all, benefits of Aloe Vera.

Aloe Vera Contains:

  • Important minerals like zinc.
  • Potent anti-oxidants like Vitamins A, C and E that help in skin healing and rejuvenation.
  • Anti-histamines which cure skin burns and allergies.
  • Anti-microbial and anti-viral constituents to ward off skin infections.

The homemade Aloe Vera soap is fresh and retains more of the benefits of the amazing Aloe than the Aloe soaps one buys in shops and supermarkets. So it’s always best to prepare your own soap at home!

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